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Drive shaft makes noise as it turns faster. Once vehicle is put into Four low it clanks into gear. Does not make same noise changing into four high

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    Drive shaft makes clanking noise when put into drive!!

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As far as it making noise as it turns faster I would check your U Joints. The clank that you hear switching into 4wheel low is completely normal. I have had 3 big Chevy trucks and 6 suburbans. The dealer will also confirm. Just make sure when turning 4wheel low on the suburban is in Neutral at a complete stop, OR in neutral rolling at 3mph.

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Replace u-joints

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