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Dodge ram 4 wheel drive noise

4 wheel drive is making noise. not from front differential. more like transfer case. but not all the time. comes and goes. almost a rattling sound.

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Check the front drive shaft spline or "U" joint at the transfer case
splines on this shaft wear more quickly that the rear drive line
as the operation angles for the front diff are more acute that the rear shaft

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