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#1 Old 12-26-2010, 02:04 PM
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Question Howling Noise From Rear End

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I have a 2005 Ram 1500 Hemi

When its cold out, when I first put my truck in reverse it makes a howling noise from the rear end. I checked my rotors and brakes, they are fine. Just had them replaced couple years ago. I also had a rear U joint replaced 3 years ago. When I put the truck in drive it does not make the noise, only when I am driving in reverse when its cold. What else can I check before taking it to the stealership? Only other change I made was, I put a super chips Mileage tune on the truck.

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#2 Old 12-26-2010, 02:50 PM
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My 07 qc did that. It was more of a groan than a howl. It was the aluminum drive shaft torquing up. This same truck had the rear diff. rebuilt and replaced 3 times. Also new u-joints. None of this had any effect on the groan when shifting into reverse. New driveshaft, noise gone.
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If it is my drive shaft, should be covered under warranty for me. I have the 7 year 70,000 power train warranty.

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It is either the U-joints or the driveshaft or the diff. Check the fluid level just to be sure. My money says it is a u-joint. I have had them go bad in 18,000 miles with NO off-roading at all, in my 04' 2500.

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So my truck was at the dealer last week. They found no issues with anything. I had them change the rear dif fluid. They told me the only way they could tell is if they took the rear end apart and did the dif fluid. Since they found no issues, costed me a total of 200 bucks for an oil change and the rear dif service. Truck did the noise again.

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Pinion bearing shot?

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None of the above guys my 03 was doing the same thing for a while until I changed brakes and rotors but the reason it was makin that noise was because u need to grease the piss out of the caliper sliding pins in the rear with antizeize. It's been close to 2 years no howling hope this helps by moms 05 awd is doing the same and it only gots 30000 need to grease the pins. Also u might wanna change ur brake hardware cuz even with new brakes my brakes kept squeaking until I changed the beat up brake hardware
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Funny, mine has been doing this lately... It doesn't happen for long, but if the truck has been sitting for any extended amount of time it does it when I first start backing up. Figured it was the brakes, but it's too damn cold to check them this time of year. I have 66k on my truck (assuming these are the original rears since I just bought it this summer). Are we confident it is the brakes? That what makes the most sense to me, but while I am handy I am no expert...

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my 05 does the same thing pretty sure its the parking brake because mine only started doing it after i adjusted the parking brakes when i put my new rotors. just to lazy to readjust them lol


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I don't really ever use my parking brake and mine still does it...

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Funny how I said my moms 05 awd is making that noise. I looked in the floor last night un the garage and thiers a small puddle of tranny fluid. The only thing I can think of is the seal in the tranny were the drive shaft meets. It's the one up front not the rear.
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So I brought my truck back to the dealer again. Let it sit there for 2 days. They could not get it to do the noise. They claimed they check everything. I am getting a little pissed. They said the rear rotors and brakes were checked. I also replaced my front rotors and pads because they were shot. But that had no affect on the noise.

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I feel for you, the dealer does very little to track down issues, my old 93 dakota, back in 1997 was in the dealer shop several time due to no starts, they couldnt believe the fuel pump was the issue. I basically had to go into their service area and show it to them.

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None of the above guys my 03 was doing the same thing for a while until I changed brakes and rotors but the reason it was makin that noise was because u need to grease the piss out of the caliper sliding pins in the rear with antizeize. It's been close to 2 years no howling hope this helps by moms 05 awd is doing the same and it only gots 30000 need to grease the pins. Also u might wanna change ur brake hardware cuz even with new brakes my brakes kept squeaking until I changed the beat up brake hardware
My 03 was going the same thing about 3yrs ago. That's what I found too. The calipers were not releasing all the way. I greased the pins and replaced the pads (glazed over riding on the rotor and began to squeal) since then I haven't had the problem again. I hope it's as simple of a fix as mine was. that was at about 80K and now I have 201K and it's still going strong. (excluding the recent tranny swap)



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My 03 1500 4x4 makes the same noise. Anyone ever find out what it is for 100% sure? Should I worry about it? Thanks.
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My 02 does this as well. I'm suspecting it might be the C-clips broken in the diff. It only whines when making sharp turns and the trucks rear bounces when you first head down the road like the tires are not balanced, but then smooths out after a few miles. When i did my rear end on my 03 and changed it out with a detroit tru trac i found the c clips broken inside.

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I'm thinking its more of a cold weather thing based on most of the posts and their locations. Your symptoms sound a little different than everyone else's. Also, the OP had his diff serviced, and they said the internals were fine...

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