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How long is it safe to drive with axle noise?

Old 05-05-2019, 01:57 PM
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So my Dana 35 makes a howling noise when accelerating at about 30-40 mph. It's not very loud but I pulled the diff cover to look anyways....I assume the bearings are worn, causing a bad contact pattern and the noise. The gears themselves look fine however. This is my daily jeep and I will just be replacing the entire axle when I have the time. However I will need to keep driving it for at least a few more weeks. Should I be ok without having to worry about a complete failure?
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Replacing the whole axle without knowing the issue seems a bit overkill, when you're not sure where the problem is? Is the noise inside the differential, out at the wheels, maybe a bad u-joint?
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When I had a noise coming from my diff it ended up to be the Pinion bearings they are not that hard to change ,
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the majority of used D35 are likely to be pretty worn out at this time in their lives

I would consider get a quote on rebuild old unit with new bearings, if you cannot do it yourself

I would consider it quite normal to drive around with some noise you described for a long time..ie 1yr, 10k miles

listen close, it will usually get a lot worse shortly before failure, go easy on it in the meanwhile

I replaced a D35 that would lose its fluid in 100miles, due to a damaged pumkin/tube joint...eventually it started growling

put in a used one..it was noisier!
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mine start whining, particularly when coasting....ended up having to replace pinion and carrier bearings...pitted out, replaced the axle bearings while it was apart...gears were fine...diff has 150,000 klm on it.
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Grab a a Chrysler 8.25 from a junkyard. Be sure to get the u-bolts.
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Originally Posted by lawsoncl View Post
Replacing the whole axle without knowing the issue seems a bit overkill, when you're not sure where the problem is? Is the noise inside the differential, out at the wheels, maybe a bad u-joint?
Its definately the pinion or carrier bearings...but I have a rebuilt axle that I got and I will throw it in for now.
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Originally Posted by awg View Post
the majority of used D35 are likely to be pretty worn out at this time in their lives

I would consider get a quote on rebuild old unit with new bearings, if you cannot do it yourself

I would consider it quite normal to drive around with some noise you described for a long time..ie 1yr, 10k miles

listen close, it will usually get a lot worse shortly before failure, go easy on it in the meanwhile

I replaced a D35 that would lose its fluid in 100miles, due to a damaged pumkin/tube joint...eventually it started growling

put in a used one..it was noisier!

Found a used one on craigslist with new bearings and gears..apperently he had the receipt from the guy who did it....but it was only $100 so if it turns out to be bad then I'm not out a whole lot
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Originally Posted by cruiser54 View Post
Grab a a Chrysler 8.25 from a junkyard. Be sure to get the u-bolts.
This is the best solution if it is the bearings in the differential.
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