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We had a 2007 Toyota Sequoia with a complaint of a growl from the front while driving. You would bet money that the noise was from the front differential. In fact, we ran it up in the air in 4 wheel drive and you could hear the noise from the front differential. Or, what sounded like the front.

 

We took it out of 4 wheel drive, and ran the real wheels only. The tech inside the car shouted out of the window, “The noise is still there”. After listening to the rear differential, we found that the noise was actually coming from the left rear. We pulled the bearing apart and it was filled with rust and scored.

 

The left rear bearing solved the problem, but we got initially fooled.

 

Just thought I would pass this info to everyone...

 

We have found some with B) water in the rear differential that ruined the bearings. The rear fluid looking like a milk shake. I think that a tsb covers that on some models. Even the owners of the vehicle thought that the noise was coming from the front.

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