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205 sounds like it has marbles in it...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TopOff, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. TopOff

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    What's up with this?

    Apparently, my 205 does not like to be on the freeway in 4 HI.

    When in 4 HI, (no front driveshaft), and after ~10 miles of freeway driving, I get an intermittent crunching/knicking coming from the transfer case.

    Is it simply not supposed to be in 4HI on the freeway?

    Could my shift rail be messed up?

    Everything else looks and runs good.

    TIA
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    Pull the fron drive shaft and make sure your cv and U joints are OK.

    I had a shop diagnose my t case as bad because my rear drive front joing had gone bye bye... 20 dollars later it was up and running..

    Hope yours has a simple annd cheap solution as well.
     
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    Currently there is no front driveshaft, as my original one was too short... he he he
     
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    Dude, you got grease? It's been my experience that mables is bearings of one sort or another.

    The up side is the entire rebuild kit is about 200 bucks.
     
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    does it sound like bearing noises??

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    It only makes this noise intermittently, and ONLY in 4 HI, and ONLY crusiing (55 - 70 mph) on the Fwy.

    If I give it throttle or let off throttle, the noise goes away.

    Is it a bearing???

    I was told it is a fresh rebuild. There are hardly ANY miles on this transfer.. only about 1500 miles.
     
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    I am not sure what a bearing noise sounds like... /forums/images/icons/frown.gif
     
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    If I had to guess... since you have no front DS installed, its probably the sound of the front output flange and internal gearing "spinning free"... IE its not under load accelerating, and not breaking declerating. In other words, its floating between surfaces of the actual gearing in the 205 since it has nothing to stabilize against. Does that make any sense?

    I'd check the fluid levels anyhow. And why drive it around in 4HI if you have no front shaft installed? /forums/images/icons/grin.gif LMAO! Just my .02

    -Dan
     
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    I found I was in 4HI because I just installed the Doubler, and didn't even know what gear I was in. I did not get the shifters installed until just this weekend.

    Basically, I have no experience with a 205. I had a th350/203 before this.

    I figured I was in HI since I could go down the street at a decent speed. Decided to see if I was in 4HI, so I tried to turn the front yoke, and couldn't do it.

    I just wanted to drive it after installing the sm465 and doubler. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif

    So my question is... IS this normal???
     
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    Mine too makes a noise when the front shaft is idling... but it doesn't sound like marbles. Kinda like a rattling/slight clanking noise. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif /forums/images/icons/smile.gif I'd say you are okay. Just my .02!

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    OK not like small marbles... REALLY LARGE Marbles! And not all the time... clunk clank clucnk... nothing nothing... then clunk clank clank clunk whirrrr. then nothing.

    I noticed when I lean forward on the shifter it goes away. Kind' of like it is not in 4HI all the way, or like it is not in 2HI all the way.

    I changed it to 2HI, but have not checked it out on the FWY yet.
     
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    Put that bad boy in neutral and spin the yokes by hand. If they dont feel sloppy or have tight spots I wouldn't worry to much.
    I have never had my truck at 55 in 4wd. Im not sure if it's normal for the front to make noises at speed. Youll have to pop in the drive shaft when you get it back and test it again.
     
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    man I wonder if its from no load on the gears. Big marbles is not a normal worn bearing sound... little marbles= bad bearings.
    Go take it for a drive..... I'll be waiting....
     
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    Kewl thanks.

    The front output feels real good. No slop, and turns smoothly. It is kinda' tough. Like the gear oil is slowing it down. But that's it.

    Thanks for the input Big Mac! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     

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