Howling sound in right, rear wheel area. Lifted wheel and spun. Growling noise from within. Checked diff. for oil and was up to specs. Suspect wheel bearing if there is one at the wheel on the axle. Just don't know why it would go out with it being under costant lube. Truck does have 126K miles though! If it is bearing, is it too diff to replace? Have done many things in my life including rebuilds, but not anything to this baby yet.
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Re: howling in right, rear wheel area while driving
It sounds like you know what you are talking about so you probably already had a look inside the brake drum for worn shoes and broken springs ect.........If you haven't do so.As for the bearing.....there is one but it requires dis assembly of the reared.if you haven't done one of these,get someone who knows how to..there are too many little things to know and its easy to damage the diff from improper dis and re assembly(then you're lookin at big bucks) If you feel confident you can do this though get a step by step manual to ensure you know all of the procedures hope this helps.........Good Luck!
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check tires as well. But yea if you are driving when the noise exists, swaying back and forth in lanes will let you know if its a hub noise. If its a hub noise the growl will be louder or different when weight shifts off and on the hub. Where weight is on the hub it usually gets louder. Alot of the time there may be two problems like tires and hub noise. Tire noise is easier as rotating front wheels and rear wheels will change position of growling/howling noises.
the howling sound could be a window with a little opening, check if your window was totally closed. the clunkin? or clickin sound you hear could be the road salt or ice thats being thrown to your mud guard by the wheel. anyway an actual inspection is recomended, pep boys can do a courtesy check for free.
Did you check your Transmission fluid and your differential fluids make sure there up and I don't know if you checked your rear wheel bearings or not, You can usually tell a wheel bearing when you are driving the car at highway speeds and you go around a corner and it get quite a bit louder Depending on what way you are turning if your turning right and it gets louder it will usually be the right side front or rear. the left usually the left front or back. some cases I have even heard Axles making a Howling Noise. Please let me know what you come up with. And Thanks in advance If I helped you out any. Bear001