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REAR AXLE PROBLEMS ON 1997 DODGE RAM

I HEAR METAL ON METAL NOISE FROM THE REAR OF MY TRUCK WHEN I DRIVE IT. I RAISED THE REAR END AND THE WHEELS TURNED FREELY. I WAS TOLD THE REAR AXLE IS PROBABLY ON ITS WAY OUT. ALSO, I HAVE TO LET UP ON THE GAS FOR THE TRANNY TO SHIFT INTO THIRD GEAR. ANY IDEAS?

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I hear a knocking noise coming from the rear axle of my 91 dodge dakota

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I had the same problem with shifting in too gears I changed the trans filter and oil with off brand from the parts store
then went to dodge dearl got the right one and right oil it works fine now . but now i have the sound coming from the rear end too I thinking its coming from the inner bearing ..

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  • siccboss Sep 26, 2010

    its your ping bearing brother i have fixed like 5 trucks with the same problem. all 1997 dodge ram club cab. also make sure your drive shaft is a one piece a two piece also causes a Fd up rear end. these trucks are solid if you maintanance them but that rear end is garbage because of the ping bearings.
    mopar running for 13 years now 185,000 miles still stomping and ramming the cometition.

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Did you check your transaxle fluid level? drain/replace transaxle fluid dont forget the friction modifier additive. it is required for proper function of your limited slip. signs of a failing differential are metal shavings in the bottom of the case, worn ring/pinion grooves. the other issue with your shift problem could be a failing shift solenoid, however, a vacuum leak will cause crappy shifts because your trans relies on good vacuum to shift.

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