Rattling Noise: 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4
125K miles or so. Has developed a strange noise, it may have been around for awhile but not sure, when I take off from a stop it almost sounds like a metal ring rattling around something, for lack of a better description, nearly like bulldozer tracks clanking along.
It is loud enough to hear inside the cab, and others outside the vehicle to clearly hear it. If I take the vehicle out of gear and let it roll the clanking still continues, when I put the vehicle into 4 wheel drive the clanking does not occur. The sound is only in 2WD it is intermittent, not continual, but happens the same way each time I take off from a stop.
I don't know if it does it at higher speeds because at that point engine/highway/wind noise is too high.
I have turned the shaft that runs to the front wheels from the (i think it is called) transfer case and it spins free but is pretty rough while spinning it (truck off, in park).
Last edited by RTShadow; 09-08-2012 at 03:11 PM.