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Whining sound coming from my truck when 4x4 is engaged

It is a 1999 gmc sanoma rarely used 4x4 with 139k. just recently noticed it but then again i can count the number of times ive used the 4x4 on one hand. dont know if thats normal or if i should have it looked at. its not a loud unbarible noise but its definitly there!

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  • dextermcdoob Dec 19, 2008

    yea i can hear at at idle but it doesnt seem to be any loader as i rev it and drive

  • dextermcdoob Dec 19, 2008

    uuummm im not sure how to explain but i know i havent heard it before and i put in 4 wheel drive and heard it then i when i did i took it out of 4 wheel drive and got out and the noise was gone from inside and outside of the truck. i mean i can crank the radio up and ignore it for the winter when kits icy out, but if its something easy and i can fix i'd like to do it

  • dextermcdoob Dec 19, 2008

    yea the noise is only in 4 wheel drive and it whins for about 5 to 8 seconds the it stops for about then does it again, its like a loop. Im just running standard all terrain tires im sure exactly what the size is but i know there with in the specs

  • dextermcdoob Dec 19, 2008

    Thanx!!!!

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    ok i see you have your solution.. take care



  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    perhaps i'm misunderstanding you so i will ask .... does the noise only show up in four wheel drive
    something did occur to me.... what kind of tires do you have on the vehicle and have you changed them recently




  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    oddly enough and by your own admission you don't drive it much so you may be hearing a noise that's always been there... be that as it may.... pretty much anything that's driven by the serpentine belt will have a bearing.... but i would suspect the belt tensioner first... i wondered what the whining on mine was untill the bearing on the tensioner seized and melted the pulley
    in volume how would you describe the noise ?


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    are you able to hear the noise at idle.... does it only start at different speeds.... trying to narrow down if it's drivetrain or motor

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Is the noise coming from gear box or something ?

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Check the front and rear drive axle make sure they are full of gear oil ,note if it needs any it takes a special kind of gear oil found at napa autoparts

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  • david bridges Dec 19, 2008

    need to make sure you have gear oil in your transfer case it sounds like the splines are not getting lubercation if you burn your transfer case it can cost anywhere from 1,200 to 2,900

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