Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Vehicle: 2003 Dakota QC AWD/4WD
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Does it sound like a can full of rocks rolling under your truck by any chance? If so, there's a good chance it's your front driveshaft like iangoround said. I just had mine go out. The rubber cuff on the back of my shaft got ripped up somehow, and that was the problem.
In opposition to iangoround's idea though, my drive shaft didn't have any play when I checked though. The only problem was that the rubber cuff as torn up, I could see the bearings in there, shit was dirty, and there was no grease in it. Made a loud ass sound that sounded like a can of rocks rolling under my truck every time I drove it.
If that turns out to be the issue, put your truck in 4HI and take out your front drive shaft. You can roll around like that forever with no more issues, you'll just have a 2wd truck.
I just ordered myself a brand new drive shaft, beefed up with 2 U-joints instead of that shitty pod with the rubber cuff that connects to the T-case.
If that's your issue do the work yourself instead of bringing it to a shop. It's an easy job and you'll save money.