Grinding in front end acceleration/decceleration Land Cruiser 97
When I drove to work this morning, I went to exit off the highway and heard this enormous grinding in front end as I slowed down. It appears to be on passenger side. When I reached traffic light & was at a full stop, no sound is emanated. On acceleration, the noise is horrific and deccelation is beyond alarming. Even with my minor car knowlege, I knew it's not the engine but I have never heard a car make such a grinding sound. A few weeks ago, my dad asked if I was leaking any fluid since there was a large spot on his driveway but I park in a different spot almost every nigth and didn't notice anything. He said the smell was more like a heavy duty oil not motor oil but now I am wondering if I lost all fluid from axle housing or other area? ANy ideas?
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Funny smell ??EP oil which is gearbox oil .heavy noise front diff area ,this is a costa packet job hope your father is mechanicaly minded and likes you enough to change diff unit for you .so take the rubbish out paint the house tidy bedroom and generally **** up so he changes it for you
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Does the car have climate control air/con?If so,air/con may still be coming on at different times.I would double check the air/con drip tray.Sometimes it has 2 pipes if the tray has split levels.One may still be blocked.(Does the car have a built in fridge?)Hope this may help
Whilst not familiar with your vehicle, in mercedes it is called highway hop, and was caused by the universal joint(speed related) that goes to the gearbox,they also added a damper to the diff (weight, frequency related)), , in regards the leaf springs, unless the spring hanger bushes are totally knackered it shouldn't cause problems.
2)unijoints or excess movement of the gearbox output shafts
3)excess pinion movement of diffs(where the uni joint bolts on)
5)?bent axle (rare but they do do it)
6)swivel bearings in the front diff
Not sure as to your front end set up, but this may help?
Have you checked your belts? A piece of belt may have come off and been slapping under your hood, and then fell off completely. While it was slapping, your computer would have detected the slow down of pulleys etc. and caused your engine light to come on. Then when the piece broke off, everything would be back to normal. Let me know!
91-97 Land Cruisers had a factory option for front and rear locking differentials. This is a seperate switch and is usually located to the left of US model Land Cruisers. The center dash button locks your transfer case differential changing your Land Cruiser from all wheel drive to four wheel drive depending if you have ABS or not this button either says ECT or Center Dif Lock. If you do not have the Front/Rear locking differential option then your Land Cruiser has open Front and Rear. Hope this answers your question.