Courier front end noise under load

Submitted: Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 21:30
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A recent trip showed a loud and vibrating clunking somewhere between gearbox and hub. It was only present under load (sand) with hubs loacked and in 4wd (no lock no noise). It is very difficult to assertain exactly where it is from however I've had the drive shafts and CV's checked and they are fine. I'm thinking transfer case or a hub?, I would appreciate any comments. Out of interest I've just had a new motor fitted but nothing was touched elsewhere.

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Reply By: Billowaggi - Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 22:42

Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 22:42
Hi, Elvis I sounds like CV joints to me . Who checked them for you? Visual inspection does not prove a thing. Is the noise worse with the front wheels on lock? I f so definately C. V. ' s
Regards Ken.
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Reply By: Elvis - Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 15:30

Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 15:30
Thanks for your reply.
It was a CV specialist so I trust they know what they are doing. Since then I've had a mechanical mate look at it and we both agree it seems somewhere between transfer case and front diff. We noticed when the hubs are locked and in 2wd there is about 20mm (eg 10 degrees) of free rotation between drive shaft and diff which doesn't seem right. My next step is to try and find any bad signs in the oil of these 2 areas.
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Reply By: Elvis - Friday, Jan 24, 2003 at 09:50

Friday, Jan 24, 2003 at 09:50
For interest the answer was a stretched transfer case drive chain.
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