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dodge dakota problem
Hey guys, I've got a problem thought I would ask for ideas on diaging it. About 4 months ago I noticed a humming noise from the truck,could really here it at 50 mph when I turned the wheel a little to the left it would go away then straighten wheel out noise would return.I talked to a couple mechanics they thought it was the drivers side front hub.So I replaced that and the noise was still there.Thinking the noise was there all along (now has 130,000 miles,bought it new) as I tend to have the radio pretty loud,I kept driving to see what would happen.the noise seemed to get a little louder and decided to take it to the dodge dealer for diag.The tech there showed me on the rack that the front axle cv boot was gone and the drivers side halfaxle was bad and ther was the noise. Well I had the axle repaired(300.00$) and replaced the halhaxle myself...noise still there.yesterday it seemed to get alot louder now I'm afraid something may break and I don't want to kill anybody if a wheel falls off or something locks up while driving.Does any body have ideas or suggestions on best way to really diag this.I'm thinking of taking truck back to dealer but I'm not sure they can diag this any better?truck is a dodge dakota 03 4x4 with both chunks positrac. thanks jeff
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BTW...This thread is aptly named IMHO...You have a dodge? That's the problem.:tooth:
I know what I'm doing, it just doesn't look like it.
I've been through wheel bearings and ball joints on it. I can pretty much tell you that the wheel bearings I've had to replace created a very distinct hum when they die, on par with a giant bumblebee.
And (in my experience) when a wheel bearing dies, there is a "Cross noise" where the bad bearing is actually opposite of where the sound seems to be coming from (IE if the sound is on the right side, check the left bearing)
The other thing is that (dependent on a great many factors, so I defer to a mechanics diagnosis) if its a transfer case going bad, it may result in the damage you were shown on the hoist.
The other option for CV boot and half shaft damage is that you also may have a bad front differential, sometimes caused by locking up the 4WD at highway speeds in dry road conditions.
I'm pretty sure I'm wrong. But at the same time, I'm also kind of inclined to believe I might be right...
I defer to anyone with more experience on the matter.
There really wasn't a lot of play in my wheels when the bearings went bad, either. The ball joints, on the other hand, caused the truck to get really sloppy in any turn from 5 mph up to taking a broad sweeping interstate curve.
One thing you can try to get a vague (VAGUE) idea of how bad the bearings might be is having a friend drive the truck around, while you stand outside it.
There might be a squeal or shrieking noise that sounds like either a bad brake or a slipping belt.
Which, if my memory is any good, indicates that the bearing is worn out enough to be wobbling on the shaft, but not enough to bind the wheel...yet.
And Red Clay is the devil. I'm amazed that all you lost was a CV boot.