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Terrible noises My dakota is making terrible noises when I make turns, espescialy sharp turns. The noises are coming from the rear of the vehicle. They are clank, clank, clank, noises consistent to how fast I am going. I have checked the driveline and the u-joints, and they check out ok. Is this something inside the differential, and how hard is this kind of stuff to fix.

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This would sound like possible differential noises, possibly a spider gear has a broken tooth or other defect. You could raise the backend off the ground (both wheels or one wheel at a time); place shifter in neutral, then have a friend turn one wheel, while the other is held in place (or left in contact with ground). If you get similiar (but probably less terrible), then remove the diff. cover (pan for oil needed), and look for any visible defects. Services of a mechanic might be needed.

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