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Rear end noise

It sounds like a bad wheel bearing, but im told by a local garage that the rear differential is shot, if it is the rear differential how hard is this to remove and replace?

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    my 1996 yukon the rear differential is bad and needs to be replaced how do i di this

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Well it can be quiet a job the truck is 13yr old and all the nuts and bolts get rusted and will have to be cut off probly. The dealers go over board some times on what needs to be fixed. What i would try first is remove the rear diff cover and drain all the grease out go to napa or a parts store and buy a product/grease called lucas oil and fill the diff with this and give it a try first if all elese fails i would look around at a junk yard for a used rearend and have them put it in probly be the cheapest way .

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