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    Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    I finally found the source of the grinding noise i have been hearing....It is coming from the front differential! I have located the problem but now need to remove it and rebuild it. Just wondering if anyone has done this and could give me some pointers. I'm not sure if it can be taken out without removing the engine. If anyone has any insight on removal and rebuild or at least where to buy parts cheap i would really appreciate it.

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    If i can get this out and do this rebuild i am going to video tape it all and put it out for everyone to see. Not a lot of info out there about this one.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Here's the first two steps-
    Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle .
    Lower the front frame assembly. Refer to Front Frame Replacement .

    I suggest you get into the service manual for complete instructions. Once there, go to-
    SRX (VIN E) Service Manual | Driveline/Axle | Front Drive Axle | Repair Instructions | Document ID: 927138
    Differential Carrier Assembly Replacement

    Here's the link-
    http://sm.gpona.com:9001/si/home.do

    Use srx1gen for both user name and password

    Good luck

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Before you get to far into this... could it simply be low on differential fluid?

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    I would think if it is low and grinding it is damaged anyway and needs to come out, if it is low then it leaked out so need to come out anyway.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Hi
    I have a thread on here about "sounds like a AWD 07" did you hear this kind of noise I mentioned first, I would think if the cases are low you would see puddles of oil under the car, the oil just does not burn away.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Other posts are probably right, but oil can leak or burn (in case of engine) or wear. The latter means it breaks down chemically and or absorbs moisture or other material so that it is no longer effective. If you have no puddles, then chances are good you need to either adjust or rebuild it.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Well tomorrow I check the level and if its low I will not top it up, but drain it to look for color and metal shavings,if it is up to level, then it will have to go to the Cadillac mechanic and get his opinion and have it in writing and take it back for used car warranty.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Ok, The case was pretty much empty and there were some metal shavings in there. The Ring gear teeth are rough looking. They are kinda sharp and not something i would want to run my bare finger along. So i am going to replace the ring, pinion, bearings, and seals. I am going to make a video on how i did this to try and help anyone else with this issue. I have a question, where would you guys recommend buying these parts from. I am so tight i squeak so i need cheap parts that will last. Thanks for all the help guys

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Call your local scrap yards, find a low mileage donor, the yard will know which years interchange, and you get the complete unit.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Quote Originally Posted by glake89 View Post
    Call your local scrap yards, find a low mileage donor, the yard will know which years interchange, and you get the complete unit.
    I second that, or ebay as well.

    We all need cheap parts that will last, let me know if you find any.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Quote Originally Posted by orandaberg View Post
    Well tomorrow I check the level and if its low I will not top it up, but drain it to look for color and metal shavings,if it is up to level, then it will have to go to the Cadillac mechanic and get his opinion and have it in writing and take it back for used car warranty.
    It was the wheel bearings making the noise 500 euro each sorry to steal the thread

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    I found a couple used parts dealers that have them. Found several from $260 - $400. Gm dealer wants $1000 just for the carrier assembly. I also asked what they would charge to do the job just because I was curious.... They want $650 just for labor and he said that was just the jumping off point. Wow. I can't get the replacement diff until Tuesday but I will make a video on the process when I can.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Just be sure to carefully inspect the axle seals before installing the unit. The yard may not have been real careful when pulling the axles and may have damaged the seals. Easier to replace when out of the vehicle.

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    Hello Harvstr. I am having the same issue I have an 04 SRX AWD V6 did you ever make that video for this replacement? Also did your SRX make a hard clank sound when it shifted gears? Thanks

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    Re: Front differntial removal-rebuild HELP Please

    NEWBe.... i'm changing the front carrier differential.can anyone give me some advice as to where to position the jack to take the subframe down please...2005 cadillac awd srx....

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