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Old 03-25-2017, 04:24 PM   #16
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Default Re: new to me, 2006 saturn vue 102k miles horrible grinding in rear when AWD is engag

LV with his axles bouncing up and down it's a sure sign the carrier bearings are gone. I saw enough of this happen on early front drive Mopar transaxles. (basically the same as the RDM). People would indicate they had trans fluid leak, and you think bam simple seal replacement. Wrong. When you got under there and felt that axle(s) wobbling and saw the metal in the pan it was obvious what happened. The dead giveaway here is he can move the axles. No amount of replacement fluid will rebuild those bearings. Which is why IMO the cheapest and most efficient things to do (other than getting rid of it) is to replace the RDM and call it a day. Probably a few hundred $$$ but IMO better than chasing your tail thinking new fluid will "fix" a worn out differential
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