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My name is ***** *****. I have a 2004 dodge quad cab 4x4 and

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my name is ***** *****. I have a 2004 dodge quad cab 4x4 and I have noise from front right side sounds to me like gears trying to mesh comes and go but getting worse can feel vibration in wheel from it also
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Customer: has only been doing it at low speeds 10 to 20 mph but yesterday and this morning doing it all time its awd and it just acts like gears tryn to mesh at low speeds its a loud clicking noise and obviously the faster u go the faster the click
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

I'm quite sure what you're hearing is stripped splines. There is a stub shaft on each side of the front differential which splines to the inner CV joint. What happens is these splines will wear until they wear down enough to slip against each other, and then it causs the grinding noise I believe you're describing.

With the emergency brake set and/or wheels chocked, slide under the front of the truck and take a look where the CV shafts connect to the differential. You should find that at least on the right side you see rust dust slinging out of the splines, and you'll probably find the inner CV joint has quite a bit of play by hand. If you see rust dust slinging out from the connection that's a sure sign of spline damage. The stub shaft and CV shaft would need to be replaced together to repair it.