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Sounds like a vibration from the rear end. how could I see if the rear end is the problem? I was thinking about jacking up the rear of the truck, (and of course using jack stands and blocking the wheels, etc.), and then rotating one of the rear tires to see if I could hear the rear end make some kind of sound. But maybe there is a better way?

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Thats a good start. also dont forget to chk your u-joints. while its in the air have someone put it in gear and slowly accelerate. if noise or vibration have them apply the brakes and see if problem decreases. most of the time though i have found a bad u-joint to be the problem and the only way to really chk it is to drop the rear of the drive shaft and make sure that the u-joints move freely with no slop

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