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Old 11-15-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
Paul O'Leary
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Sounds like U joint but isn't

2005 EX Element with 70K miles. At all speeds hear what sounds like u-joint going bad, or sound similar to very old military 4X4s - not exactly a grinding. Don't think trans related as noise constant whether coasting in neutral, drive or reverse. Put up on lift, ran at 10 MPH and NO NOISE. So, has something to do with weight/load. Had various mechanics look, ride, drive, assess. No solutions. Did, on one mechanic's advise, change right front drive shaft bearing...no change, same noise. Have read threads about rear differential but not certain symptoms and sounds same as those described; yet will anyway in near future r/r fluid. Meantime, interested to hear your opinions/advise. Thanks.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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Is your profile filled out correctly ? If your vehicle is a 2wd , I can definitely say it is not the rear differential fluid . Could be a number of things that a good mechanic should be able to diagnose .

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:39 AM   #3
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In fact my profile was wrong, have EX 4WD.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:39 AM   #4
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Differential fluid change made my symptoms, similar to yours, go away. Do you get the the shutter/squeal during slow, tight radius turns also?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:58 PM   #5
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Wheel bearing? Is the noise louder when turning either direction?
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:16 AM   #6
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Plan to change fluid. Difficult as living in Italy and companies stocking fluid can't ship overseas. Oh well...that is another issue. Regarding noise louder while turning, I don't notice any change whatsoever. Evident even when I shift into neutral. Funny, when on lift, off ground, can't hear the noise.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:43 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=Paul O'Leary;974627 Funny, when on lift, off ground, can't hear the noise.[/QUOTE]

Not funny at all. It's because there is no load on the gears.
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