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Grinding noise when in 4x4

I have a dodge ram 4x4, when I put it in 4x4 the front right tire sounds like it's grinding metal on metal.

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    Clint Smock May 11, 2010

    What year? does it have a U-joint behind the wheel or a cv Joint?

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Check RF axle where it meets shaft coming out of front diff..cv axle splines and stub shaft splines may be stripped..have seen this before

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Is the grinding apparent whether the 4X4 is engaged or just in 4X2 mode? On left lock or right lock?

Best thing would be to put the front end on axle stands and start checking. Check the front wheel station on each side by trying to rock it top and bottom. Rotate each wheel and check for noise. When doing this check, listen for any noise emanating from the actual drive shafts to the hubs.

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