Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2000 Dodge Intrepid 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 140000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L:
I recently noticed noise from the right front wheel. I suspected the wheel bearing because of the low-tone whine. This turned into a clunking snapping sound that would increase in frequency relative to vehicle speed.
I suspected the lower control arm with integrated ball joint, but I replaced these last year. Also, I put the front end up on stands and against my better judgement ran the car in drive so that I could inspect the noise while the wheels are spinning. Sure enough, I heard the wheel whine from the bearing. Curiously, I also noticed that the clicking and snapping sound was comming from the differential on the right side of the trans. Now it's posible that my ears were playing tricks on me and the noise was in fact comming from the wheel bearing since they are very close to each other.
Could the wheel bearing be causing this noise as well?
I wanted to open the differential cover to take a closer look, but on my way in there I ran into a snag. The right inner CV joint stubbornly will not slide off of the differential stub shaft. I know that there is a cir-clip on the stub shaft that retains the inner cv joint, but after 3 hours of prying and a bent pry bar I gave up. Is there a trick to this?
Should I just replace the wheel breaing, forget about the differential for now and hope for the best?
Saturday, November 7th, 2009 AT 9:32 PM