NOISE AT THE REAR DIFFERENTIAL

  • Tiny
  • bersyl671
  • 2002 Ford Explorer
  • 43,245 miles

When I drive the vehicle it makes this thumping noise and it sounds like it skips. The faster I go like 20mph or less it makes that noise like thump thump thump. I put it on jack stands and put it on drive it sounds like its coming from the differential pumpkin. What should I do?

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 AT 6:47 AM

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  • rasmataz
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Sounds like there's a problem-Inspect the drive pinion/gear

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 AT 7:05 AM
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LET'S LOOK AT THE U-JOINTS 1ST---ALL OF THEM!

LETS GRAB EACH WHEEL, SEE IF IT HAS "SLOP", UP AND DOWN, AND LEFT AND RIGHT (REALLY WORN OUT WHEEL BEARINGS)

CHECK YOUR DIFFERENTIAL JUICE---PULL THE PLUG--IT SHOULD RUN OUT, OR BE ON THE VERGE OF RUNNING OUT

IF NOT, FILL IT UP TILL IT DOES W/ PROPER OIL (SEE OWNERS MANUAL)---NOTE HOW MUCH YOU HAD TO PUT IN, LET US KNOW

YOU CAN GET A PUMP SIMILAR TO MINE TO HELP INSTALL IT W/ OUT MAKIN' A BIG OLE MESS

ARE YOU SURE ABOUT DIFF?--NOT WHEEL OR TIRE NOISE? SWAP REAR TIRES TO THE FRONT, BUT ONE AT A TIME AND DRIVE IT. DO THIS BEFORE MOVING THE OTHER ONE FORWARDBUT ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT SURE. I'M NOT HERE TO WORK YOU TO DEATH!

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 AT 7:11 AM
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FORGOT ONE

SEE HOW YOU ATTEMPT TO FLOP THE U-JOINTS TO LOOK FOR MOTION?

GRAB THE YOKE WHERE IT GOES INTO THE DIFF--PULL/ PUSH, ATTEMPT TO WOBBLE IT AROUND---IT SHOULD DO NOTHING BUT TURN! THERE SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY NO SLOP/ WOBBLE/ OR MOVEMENT

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 AT 7:18 AM

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