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The rear differential makes a loud poping noise when driving especially when turning.Will changing the fluid help it?

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If you have more than 75,000 miles than yes the fluid change will help.

also check for signs of differential fluid leaks. it may need a new gasket. the gasket should be replaced anytime you change the fluid.

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