1998 Ford Explorer clunking noise when I accelerate

Tiny
GARYS54
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  • 1998 FORD EXPLORER
  • V8
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 216,000 MILES
Oil is seeping from the front differential on the left side axle shaft and there's a clunking noise when I accelerate from a slow speed. Sounds like a gear is jumping over a broken tooth in the differential. Is it time for a new differential? Or could it be in the transfer case?
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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 AT 12:05 PM

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Tiny
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If there is an axle seal leaking, it may just be a bad axle bearing. Have you checked them for play?
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Thursday, January 7th, 2010 AT 8:11 AM
Tiny
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The clunking sound is the worn chain in the transfer case jumping teeth when I accelerate. I removed the front driveshaft and can drive the vehicle until I can replace or rebuild the transfer case. The oil leak on the front differential is from the vent tube.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 9:49 AM
Tiny
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I'm glad you found it. Let us know if you have questions in the future.

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 3:39 PM
Tiny
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I wanted to thank you for the positive feedback. Again, if you have questions in the future, let us know, and thanks for using 2carpros. Com.

Joe
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Monday, January 11th, 2010 AT 8:03 AM

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