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Old 01-31-2021, 06:54 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! I've got a 1997 nissan XES pickup, and ever since the day I got it everything works fine. Drives straight, no vibrations, hell even the timing chain noise is of no concern(only on cold startup or occasionally at idle rpm when hot. However, I've noticed that whenever I take a turn in any direction with a bit of energy behind it, I hear a clacking noise emanating from the rear end. I'm concerned that it may be the noise of something ABOUT to break, but it all looks good underneath. A friend told me it may have to do with the spare tire? How do I fix the ugly noise haha
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Old 01-31-2021, 08:17 PM   #2
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That kind of sounds like the spider gears are welded together in the rear end. Both tires are rotating at the same speed when you corner, causing wheel hop/chirp.
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Old 01-31-2021, 11:51 PM   #3
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Attach a GoPro down there and drive it around and maybe you'll see where it's coming from.

If it's internal. Then this idea won't help as much.
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Old 02-01-2021, 05:12 AM   #4
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That kind of sounds like the spider gears are welded together in the rear end. Both tires are rotating at the same speed when you corner, causing wheel hop/chirp.
That would explain why it drifts oh so well �� however I am very easy on this truck 99% of the time.
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That is an old hot rodder's way of having a positive traction rear end. Mainly good for the drag strip.
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Old 02-02-2021, 03:59 AM   #6
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Could just be wheel hop, if turning sharply and giving it the gas. If so, should be the rear wheel on the inside of the turn that's the source. Bad shocks or tires, and worn springs/bushing can make it worse; making the turns more slowly works too.
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If it has an LSD diff, it is likely just the clutches breaking loose. Add some LSD diff additive or change your lube to something formulated for an LSD and see if that fixes it.

Changing the fluid will also give you a chance to check for metal filings on the magnet or in the fluid itself.
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This ^^^. Or the PO added a lunchbox locker to it.
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Seems like a lunchbox locker, except the clacking would occur when coasting around a corner, and with a little gas would want to lock up.

What's an "XES" trim? Are you also saying this noise has always occurred ever since you got it? Real question is whether it's 4wd, or a 2wd V6 so we can tell if it'd have an H233B axle, and any likelihood of having either an LSD or lunchbox locker. An orange sticker on the diff hump indicating 'LSD oil' would indicate enough. If it's neither of those trucks, then the noise is something else.
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Seems like a lunchbox locker, except the clacking would occur when coasting around a corner, and with a little gas would want to lock up.

What's an "XES" trim? Are you also saying this noise has always occurred ever since you got it? Real question is whether it's 4wd, or a 2wd V6 so we can tell if it'd have an H233B axle, and any likelihood of having either an LSD or lunchbox locker. An orange sticker on the diff hump indicating 'LSD oil' would indicate enough. If it's neither of those trucks, then the noise is something else.
I meant xe trim, its a rwd 2.4L
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