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I have a rubbing noise at certain speeds on my truck. Allowed me to find that the front universal joints were going bad at one point but did not solve the noise problem...

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Deffinately a u joint some where. if its a split drive shaft , start there. you cant always do the old shake the drive shaft and feel a loose u joint.

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