Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Hookmaster

Signs that a u-joint is going?

Recommended Posts

I have a 2004 Z-71 Silverado Crew Cab. About a week ago I noticed a soft clunking noise when starting or coming to a stop, probably less than 5 mph. This is coming from the front end and sounds like the driver side. It doesn't do this at any other times. Two times now I have heard a hum/whine, once at 60 mph, the other at 45 mph that lasted about 15 seconds. I pulled the left-front wheel and the brakes and cv boots look OK. Does the front drive shaft turn on these trucks when it's not in 4-wheel drive? Any other thoughts on what it could be?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wheel bearing? Is there any play on the wheel from top to bottom?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you hear the hum/whine again turn the wheel to the right and left and see if the pitch changes or goes away. If it does than I would go along with the wheel bearing as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They do not have to be loose to be bad/going out.

Jer's advice is a great way to determine a wheel bearing failure.

If it is a wheel bearing, with the front end raised and using a stethoscope on the hub/knuckle, you can spin the wheels and find out which one is causing the issue. You will hear a high amount of noise from the bad one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 2004 GMC Z71, and have recently had the front right wheel hub assembly replaced and had U-joints done a month ago and I agree it sounds like the wheel bearing, what you have described with the whine/hum is what I experienced with a loose wheel bearing. That clunking noise could possibly be the slip yoke which I had clunk when stopping and taking off under 5 mph. When my U-joints went bad that was a loud skreech as the drive shaft was coming to a stop, usually the needle bearings shot making that noise. But, as I am not a mechanic, these are a few things that I have had go wrong with my truck that might help ya out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I took it in to the dealer. They traced the noise as coming from the transfer case. Waiting for a tech to finish a job before they can open mine up. I hope it's something simple.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When troubleshooting the transfer case, they took off the front drive shaft and turn the backwheels in gear. No noise in the transfer case. grin They then focused on the front differential which is from where the noise was coming. frown It was starting to bind up. shocked They replaced bearings, seals, a spacer, a connector... Total parts $470, total labor $1176. crazy I asked the service advisor if this happens regularly. He kind of dodged the question by saying he was driving down the highway and his front diff bound up and he had to replace the front diff and the transfer case. I almost took this up to Fergus Falls but didn't want to chance it so I may have dodged a bigger bullet. He also said if the gears needed to be replaced it would have been another $700.

I don't think this failure should happen. The reason I buy Chevy's is for the engine and drive train longevity I had on the previous 3 vehicles all over 120,000 miles.

I think I will have a bran muffin so I don't bind up. laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is the slip-yoke a big deal to fix. I have a small clunk when stopping and taking off slow and thought it was a u-joint going. But as talked about in this post a slip-yoke could be it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To be honest with you I have no idea because I had mine done when the truck was under warranty but I know that I had only 16k on it when it needed to be replaced.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • I am up next Wednesday... but I got a niece to get out prior to me... hopefully Sunday.  Thanks guys
    • In SD you can only buy one any weapon Black Hills tag in the spring.  There is a state-wide archery only tag that can be used out here as well.   Usually it is tough to get just one bird, so I don't buy an archery tag.   This year we planned on rock climbing after shooting turkeys, so we are kicking that off a little quicker than expected.   I do not believe it is possible to buy non-res over the counter tags, even though it is not a lottery, and buying online requires shipping to an address that takes a few days...   I also did not bring my bow, but if my uncle has a bow for me to use I might call game and fish to see if I can buy an archery tag in Rapid and hunt a bit each day before we go climbing.  
    • before...or after happy hour!!!!!!!!!
    • About as good as a day can get. Congrats to both of you. Your turn next pumper?
    • saw the first frog today!!!  
    • look caned turkey already!!!  
    • What a difference a week makes! Even far northern Wisconsin is finally making it to spring. With temperatures in the 50s and 60s, snow is melting quickly in the Northwoods, although it isn't gone yet and it may be awhile before its gone in the woods. Northern lakes still have up to 2 feet of ice and it's looking at this point that some lakes will still be iced over when the general fishing season opens on May 5. SLIDE SHOW | 6 photosWhat a difference a week makes!With all the snowmelt, waterfalls have come to life. Last Friday both Big and Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park were completely ice covered, but with warmer temperatures, they both came to life. People were eager to see the transformation with more than 385 vehicles visiting the park over the weekend to view the falls. Both Forks of the Flambeau are also open now and their falls are roaring.As things are drying out, we're also moving into the spring wildfire season. In the last week 60 wildfires burned 129 acres in DNR Protection Areas. Half of the fires were caused by debris burning. Stay aware of fire danger and burning restrictions by searching the DNR page for keyword fire. .
    • Very productive day all around! 
    • Smile says it all. Good job Dad!