Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2005 Dodge Ram V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 74500 miles
First, Happy Holidays friends. Now let me state that my Dodge truck needed $11000 worth of body/frame work done 10 months ago (hit utility pole head on, ouch). I knew of this. Ok, this was my brother in laws truck that I took over about 2 months ago. Paying abut 60 cents on the dollar. First thing I noticed was that the front end needed alignment and a right tire, easy fix. But alignment did'nt come out within specs. No big deal yet. Then when at a complete stop, when you start to give the truck gas, with a little punch, their was a noise coming from the front end with a little vibration. Lasted for only a few seconds then went away at higher speeds. If you gave a little gas, no noise or vibration. Feels like a worped clutch plate to best describe, if it was a standard. Noise with pulse. With slight vibration at the gas pedal. Brought to a transmision place and said they could'nt find anything but a leaky front drive shaft gasket. Axle/differential. A week later differtials gears broke and casing shatered when reversing. Went to brother in law insurance and had this front differential replaced with an adjuster(accident related), took 6 weeks. Ok. Thats the good news. Just got it back Friday, and sure enough, it still making the same vibration/winding noise from a stop. I feel the pulse on the gas pedal. WTF. When I picked up the truck last week I got the total repair report from the insurance company and noticed that the frame had to be fixed, about 4 hours of labor and a $1300 kit. Whatever that means. I decided to go back to get another alignment after getting truck on Friday(under warranty from last time) I stated it was pulling to the right. And they said they could'nt align the rear tires (ofcourse) and said they where not even, tilted, just slightly and maybe was causing the truck to weave to the right. Maybe from a loose spring bushing or a bent/twisted out of aligned frame. The truck drives ok. Does'nt pull that bad at all. Most people would say the truck drives perfect. Tell me please, before I go to Dodge, where they know these trucks in and out, what the heck is going on here. Was told repeatedly that a out of aligned frame would not cause this diffential problem. Before a blow another front axle seal and destroy the differential gears, could this be a transmision issue? A lubrication of the drive shaft? Shift gears smoothly and perfectly up and down hills. This has stumped my very good mechanic and very good transmission shop and ofcourse me. Need help here. Not sure if any of these problems are related but need to find that out. Thanks.
Saturday, December 5th, 2009 AT 4:18 PM