When backing or going forward slowly, with the steering all the way left or right, there is a grinding noise in the front end. I've checked the brakes and made sure the tires aren't rubbing. I've also replaced both inner and outer bearings and races on both wheels. You can fill the vibration in the steering wheel. Any idea whats causing this.
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im a mechanic i got a 96 ram- randomly occuring grinding noise coming out of my front diff. i replaced the vaccum shift motor assembly on my day off, took 7 hours and kicked my ***, im thinkin the problems gona be fixed i get 100 yards out of the shop and the same noise is goin on. ITS REALLY STUMPING ME couple of other options that im going to go after next- the shift fork is bent, the splines on the axle are damaged and now theres metal floating around in the fluid, transfer case out of adjustment, or some kind of vaccum problems i belive it runs off of transmisson vaccum because the lines run that way not towards the motor. hope that can help if i solve my problem ill give an update
You need to check your brakes ASAP. You may have metal on metal on your front pads. You may have a bearing problem if the brakes are in good shape. But check it out as soon as you can to prevent further damage.
try steering the the car to the right and the left while driving down the road. listen for the noise to get louder or quieter as you steer the car. which ever direction you steer and it gets louder it will be the bearing on the other side. for example if you turn right and it gets louder its the left bearing because you have just shifted the vechical weight to the left side by turning right. and also in that same situation the bearing would get quieter because you have just unloaded the left bearing and put the weight to the right side.
grinding on front wheel is caused by 2 things.
a bad or loose wheel bearing,or worn out brakes, have them both checked
You might also want to check the level of fluid in the power steering
reservoir - low or lack of fluid will also cause a noise (although more of a
whining than a grinding).