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When turning graunching noise from diff?

I believe it needs oil but no one will say what oil to use.

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If it's front wheel drive your cv joints are bad. It should sound like a loud clicking almost grinding sound everytime you turn. They can be rebuilt but i think it's easier just to replace the whole axle. If it was a differential problem you should be able to hear it all the time not just turning. Differential use gear oil and the guy at autozone can tell you how much it holds and what type to use.

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