Question about 2000 Chevrolet Suburban
Hey, we have a 2000 Sub. We encountered problems with the, I think, drive shaft?? Anyway, the car stopped working properly and had a horrible whine in the (front it sounded like.) I took it to the mechanic and it was the spider gears. One of them was completely smooth. a second one wasn't so hot and the others were ok. We got them changed out and then a few days later the noise started again - mainly when you accelerated. When you took your foot off the gas, a few seconds later the noise would stop. They had not put new seals on. So plenty of fighting - and new seals. It has been in and out for over a year for them to try and get it right - still noisey and getting worse. We have now moved to another State as we are military. Is this something that is a problem with these? We had a tow package put on when we bought it, and use it if we tow anything (usually a 6x8 covered trailer - with brakes) have towed it for moving twice.
Anyway, we don't really want to spend andother $2000 plus - but figure we have no choice - any help? Also, the "leather" seat which are vinyl have ripped, where can I find replacement seats? Is it ethical for the dealers to tell you the seats are leather - when they are a leather look but are really vinyl. I said they were vinyl when we bought the truck - but my husband and his family said that if the dealer had siad they were leather then they were. My mother owned a leather shop, so i knew they weren't, and so of course they have fallen apart as vinyl does.
Anyway, I am sorry i sound frustrated - but I am! Please help - any advice would be helpful as i don't want to be dealing with this again when my husband goes to Iraq - as that is when all things car go wrong!
Hi Stephanie, Unfortunately, when you tear into a differential to replace parts like a spider gear, it is sometimes difficult to maintain the same relationship of the ring and pinion, as far as the gear backlash and wear pattern, even if you took careful measurements before disassembly. I think it is much better to replace the complete differential (inner assembly). This is what causes the whine when the gears are not wearing in the same pattern.
Having said that, I would not hesitate to buy a axle assembly from a wrecked vehicle. I don't know what happened to yours, but generally they are a pretty durable part.
The same goes for the seats, you can probably find one at a salvage yard. I think they are leather seating surface and vinyl sides.
Lastly, I would like to thank you and your husband for your sacrifices serving our country.
Hope this helps some.
If you need anything else let me know.
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
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