Rear End Noise

Rear End Noise

Postby Vernondo [OP] » August 12th 2020, 4:00pm

I have a 1997 Astro AWD w/ 248k on the odometer.
I have a continuous noise from the rear end. Sounds like a bearing, but not quite.
Does an open bay Astro make a lot of noise in the rear?
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Re: Rear End Noise

Postby chevymaher » August 12th 2020, 8:44pm

Yes on 2 counts. The rear end the vans use is loud. And the van amplifies it by being a cavern in back, I rebuilt the rear end twice. New or old they do it.
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Re: Rear End Noise

Postby Vernondo [OP] » August 12th 2020, 10:31pm

That's kind of what I was thinking. It really just sounds like typical rear end noise... TX!
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Re: Rear End Noise

Postby Mmusicman » August 12th 2020, 11:05pm

A smooth high-pitch gear whine sound is probably normal.. even more so when empty.
A rough growling sound is bad.. big difference.
If it's an axle bearing, it will not make noise for long.
Look for pinion or axle leaks for clues.
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Re: Rear End Noise

Postby Vernondo [OP] » August 13th 2020, 12:06am

Nope, none of the above, just noisey as hell.
Guess I'll have to start using my Marley headphones when I drive...
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