Question about 1995 Chevrolet Suburban
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
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
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