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Unread 06-05-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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About two weeks ago after a two hour drive, I noticed a whirring/clicking on acceleration coming from beneath the vehicle. Process of elimination, I replaced u joints and then replaced the front drive shaft. Bone head move to just do this today, but I check t case fluid and put my finger in, did not feel a thing. So I've filled it back up and the clicking/rattling noise has dissipated! Now no noises, just fairly smooth driving. Should I be concerned about the fact that I drove about 800k with no fluid? Of course it's not good, but should should I just consider myself lucky? All seems to be functioning correct, was the noise indicative of a failed bearing or just the fact that there was dry contact?

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Unread 06-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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i'd imagine dry contact. Keep an eye on your fluid levels over the next couple weeks. Can you shift through all the options? Idk if you have the 249 or 242 but for example on the 249 can you shift into 4lo?

You might be screwed, you might not. It could decide to grenade on you parts were damaged and they will eventually break. Hard to say without looking inside ya know?
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Unread 06-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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It may have had just enough oil in it to not ruin it. Just drive it if it's working now. The 249 is a pretty tough case.
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