Rear End - Differential

astrovetteastrovette Member Posts: 10
edited May 2014 in Chevrolet
I have a 2001 Chevy Astro 2wd w/ 55,300 miles

I recently had the rear end replaced due to a bad diff (as per mechanic). There was a constant noise coming from the rear when I accelerated. Now I'm getting a thumping sound from the rear when I release the brake after stopping. I've been back and forth w/ the mechanic as he does not seem to know what the problem is. First he thought and still thinks its the brakes not releasing properly. I think it may be a bad rear end from the salvage.

Can anyone provide guidance as it's getting riduculous going back and forth to the mechanic


  • tmcdougalltmcdougall Member Posts: 3
    having the same problem hoping someone can help
  • astrovetteastrovette Member Posts: 10
    Look under discussion title: GMC Safari/Chevy Astro #1636 for extensive feedback.

    Hope this helps.
  • professorieprofessorie Member Posts: 2
    I believe I've got the same problem on my Safari 2002 AWD. One mechanic said that he thinks it has to do with a clutch-type plate in the rear differential which is slipping, creating a kind of thumping under acceleration and even deceleration. His solution is to open up the differential, replace the fluid and add a prescribed GMC additive that will reduce the problem although not completely solve it, at a cost of approximately $125. Apparently he had to do the same job on a RendezVous.
    If there's another more accurate analysis of to this problem, I'd like to hear it.
    By the way, how can I access the discussion #1636 mentioned in the # 3 box above?
  • professorieprofessorie Member Posts: 2
    Thanks for your reply to my question, but how do I get to #1636?
  • zoner420zoner420 Member Posts: 2
    i have an 01 astro i just bought it dose the same thing i had an 05 tahoe that did that and i took it in and they said it was the drive shaft that it needed to be repacked with grease so they did it and it stopped for a few months and stated again
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