Question about 1995 Chevrolet Suburban

1 Answer

Whirring noise from drive train

1995 Chevy Suburban 4x4 has a whirring noise when I hit a small bump or take off from a stop. I have been told that it is the transfer case. I was told that if I disconnect the drive shaft to the front axle it will eliminate the noise. I do not need the 4x4 and the vehicle has over 220k miles. Don't want to invest much into the vehicle. I use it rarely and mostly for storage for occasional jobs. Will this work? Suggestions? Thanks, Bill

Posted by on

  • kendall25 Feb 11, 2009

    Thanks Randall. I have located a re-furbished transfer case (fotunatley it is the less expnesive one) for $ 350 total. I have someone that will install it for about $ 150. Does that sound like the right thing to do? Bill

  • kendall25 Feb 11, 2009

    Thanks for your help Randall!




1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 51 Answers

Disconnecting the drive shaft is a bit more of a tricky prospect than you were told. Odds are it won't eliminate the whirring, either. First, just disconnecting it from the system is going to leave a gap in your transmission that allows for all kinds of crud to get in, and may even (in certain transmissions) allow for gears to drop out of place and potentially cause damage. There are kits available that allow you to remove the shaft and place a "dummy end" in the transmission. Another possibility is to leave the end of the shaft that inserts into the transfer case in place, while only disconnecting the U joint in the shaft and removing the remainder. Problem is, either one of those is still going to have a spindle and, if in fact that is the cause of your sound, you'll still get that noise.

You'll be better off either putting up with the noise and leaving things alone or getting a more accurate determination of the exact cause and deciding if it's worth fixing.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

  • Randall LaClaire Feb 11, 2009

    Under the circumstances I'd say that's the best bet! Good for you finding a good deal on that too.

  • Randall LaClaire Feb 11, 2009

    You're very welcome. Hopefully you won't have problems in the future but if you do we'll be here to try and help.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Whirring Noise from Right Front While Driving

If you have access to a lift put it on and look at the area where the noise is coming from if you have a small camera try and put it somewhere you may be able to see what it is doing.
Good luck.

Feb 19, 2014 | 2005 Ford Escape XLT

1 Answer

Drive train whirring noise

top up the fluid in your diff/back box.

Dec 22, 2013 | 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

Ticking/whirring noise when accelerating at 30km/h

Sound as if you may have a transmission problem

Nov 19, 2013 | 1995 Mercury Sable

1 Answer

4x4 whirring noise

Sell it quick sounds like the transfer box

Oct 18, 2013 | Ford Explorer Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

In regards to the 1998 Jag with the whirring noise

Posssible power steering pump noisey. have a shop listen to the noise you say you have.

Aug 28, 2012 | 1998 Jaguar XK8

1 Answer

06 chevy equinox transmission, put in drive, speedo says 5 to 10 mph but the truck does not move, put in park but truck still rolls, is it transfer case problem because if transmission is in gear, speedo...

You need to adjust the 4x4 shifter itself. That's your only problem. Moving the shifter isn't putting the transfer case into gear and speedo will move, whirring sound is just the bearings spinning. Re-set the 4x4 shifter linkage to proper specs.

Dec 19, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer


It sounds more like the pump, if the converter fails it would have a crazy lock up shifting problem. Sometimes the bearing for the torque converter will loosen and spin in the housing this to could be the issue.

Aug 04, 2009 | 2001 BMW Z3

1 Answer

2002 FWD Vue Over 40 MPH whirring sound from drive train

if the sound disappears when your turning then its the wheel bearings. if not then im not sure what it is

Jun 26, 2009 | 2002 Saturn VUE

1 Answer

My cruise control just stopped working. All the fuses are good, no shot brake lights, turn signals stil work. I don't know where else to look. Thanks, Gerry 2001 Chevy Suburban 4x4 LS

odometer cluster in my 2001 model suburban 1500/ goes on and off when i hit bumps or when i turn car off can you tell me whats wrong with it or do i just need another one.

Apr 13, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

1 Answer

Drive Train Noise

Sounds like a wheel bearing. Get another diagnosis from a good shop or two..

Jan 10, 2009 | 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Not finding what you are looking for?
1995 Chevrolet Suburban Logo

222 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Experts


Level 3 Expert

77514 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Ronny Bennett Sr.
Ronny Bennett Sr.

Level 3 Expert

6927 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides