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There is a clanging noise when i put it in gear and can hear it while driving is it the rear end or universal joint

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Check rear-end fluid level and play in rear pinion gear.
Check universal joints for play. If play is in pinion gear change rear end fluid and add a full bottle of LUCAS oil stabilizer, will quiet rear end noise.

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If you are definitely sure it is coming from the rear end you have to remove the rear end cover. You will see the condition of the fluid check the fluid while that is being done. You will have a bird's eye view of the condition of the ring and pinion gears and the pinion bearings. The rumble from the rear end is usually a bad pinion bearing.

If you're not sure it is the rear, another often overlooked problem is the rear universal joint on the drive shaft. You have to remove the drive shaft to check the pinion bearing so you'll find the "U" joint is bad right then and there. If the joint is bad, don't cheese out, get both of them replaced.

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Hi im tray ing to put me self a universal joing for de drive shaff cant u send me how to doit

  • Lift the rear end of the Explorer with a floor jack. Place jack stands underneath the rear axle, by the leaf spring perches and lower the Explorer onto the stands. Pull the floor jack out of the way. mark both ends of the shaft for reinstalation.

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    Crawl under the rear end and unbolt the universal joint retaining straps from the rear differential yoke.

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    Pull the drive shaft and universal joint away from the rear differential yoke by hand.

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    Remove the retaining rings that hold the universal joint into the drive shaft with needle-nose pliers.

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    Support the end of the drive shaft on a jack stand and place the socket extension against the universal joint cap in the drive shaft yoke. Tap the socket extension with the dead blow hammer until the universal joint cap comes out of the yoke.

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    Clean the sockets in the drive shaft yoke with the tip of a pocket screwdriver to remove any built up road dirt or other gunk.

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    Remove two of the caps from the opposite ends of the replacement universal joint. Be careful to keep the bearings in the caps.

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    Position the replacement universal joint in the drive shaft yoke and put the cap on the outside. Use the socket extension and dead blow hammer to tap the cap through the yoke far enough to expose the retaining ring groove. Put the retaining ring on that side with the needle-nose pliers. Repeat this for the other cap.

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    Move the drive shaft back up to the differential yoke, line up the new universal joint with the differential yoke and reinstall the universal joint retaining straps with the wrench. Lower the rear end off the jack stands with the floor jack.

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    If it's a regular noise that gets faster as the car is rolling faster, then chock the front wheels, jack up the back of the car, spin both rear wheels and see if you get the sound.  You may be able to pin point the location this way.   Sounds like it's somewhere in the drive train and you'll be able to hear it by spinning the wheels or the driveshaft, but if not ... you will have gotten some much needed exercise jackling the car up and down ;~).  

    Since you bimmer is rear wheel drive (more of a rarity these days) you have Universal Joints (U Joints)  that connect the drive shaft to the transmission and the differential.  When these go bad (100-150K or when the car is close to 10 yrs old) they will make clicking noises, later clunking noises and finally no noises or horrendous noise when they break ... but they will make noise for 10K miles first.

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