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Old 03-14-2016, 06:15 PM   #1
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Have you are that roar?

We love our Red Sled 2500 Dodge Ram Cummings diesel. It has 102,000 miles on it. Last year in WV June 2015 we had an oil leak in our hogs head. We were headed to KY. We were not driving much and they said you can make it back to Campbellsville, KY for a fix. I work the fall season at AMZN. We did that and they fixed the leak. Well, we set out to go West and starting hearing a roar from the truck in the middle of nowhere so we kept going to a spot in the middle of nowhere, FT Stockton, TX. Bigger than the rest of the towns but no rental cars or Dodge dealer. We talked to a guy here and decided to tow 90 miles to Odessa instead. They had to rebuild the whole differential..ouch $3100. Is this something that was caused by towing our 8000 lb trailer?

Just want to know for down the road..we are full-timers.

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Old 03-14-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
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highly doubt 8000lbs even exercised your truck by half.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:42 PM   #3
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I spent my working life repairing European cars and as such am not an expert on Ram trucks...
My guess is that you where simply unlucky. Low oil, a bad bearing, a bad repair??? Who knows! My best guess is that the loads imposed by towing an 8000 pound Airstream are not even registering in a normal day for that Ram.
A better place to post this question might be the Turbo Diesel Register. I have found this sight recently and there is a wealth of Ram knowledge there!

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Old 03-14-2016, 06:47 PM   #4
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We will pick it up tomorrow with a totally rebuilt differential with NEW parts. The guy here wanted to replace the rear axle with a used one for $3500. Not on our Red Sled.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:52 PM   #5
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We will pick it up tomorrow with a totally rebuilt differential with NEW parts. The guy here wanted to replace the rear axle with a used one for $3500. Not on our Red Sled.
Here's a toast to the new differential!
May the only roar you hear be the roar of that engine happily pulling the Airstream along !
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Old 03-14-2016, 07:38 PM   #6
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Probably just bad luck, something was not quite right when it left the factory or it lost the oil. By the time it's making a roaring noise you will need to replace all the parts, probably even the wheel bearings. Things happen...
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Probably just bad luck, something was not quite right when it left the factory or it lost the oil. By the time it's making a roaring noise you will need to replace all the parts, probably even the wheel bearings. Things happen...
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Would expect a rear axle to lastover 200K miles. Bad bearing, water in the grease, leaking seal that stole your grease, or ????? We lost a rear axle bearing on a car at about 25K miles. Sometimes stuff happens. Pat
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Old 03-14-2016, 07:58 PM   #9
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Yes, thank you. Life throws us all punches. We are leaving and going back E to College Station. A year and a half ago our son the Aggie moved back to his love CS. He has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and we are going back to stay how long it takes. We love our boy so much. We can fix our truck. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with us. It is just money. On our way back Wedenesday. Love you guys.
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Prayers for your son.
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:30 PM   #11
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Yes, thank you. Life throws us all punches. We are leaving and going back E to College Station. A year and a half ago our son the Aggie moved back to his love CS. He has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and we are going back to stay how long it takes. We love our boy so much. We can fix our truck. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with us. It is just money. On our way back Wedenesday. Love you guys.
So sorry to hear this.

Travel safely, and my thoughts go with you.

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Old 03-14-2016, 09:04 PM   #12
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In a couple of model years, Dodge had some issues with ring and pinion gears in their Ram trucks. They would start singing and howling, and would have to be rebuilt or replaced. This was back around 2004-2005, but I remember it being in the 1500 series.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:12 PM   #13
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Ours is a 2500 but hopefully this repair will last for many years..fingers crossed..it is a great truck. We love NC..lived in Raleigh for 7 yrs. a great 4 seasons state..gotta love it
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How often do you change differential fluid? On our 2008 Dodge 3500 they recommend changing at 15k miles w severe use.
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