Issues with Your Dodge Dakota Differential Cover
Having a good rear is an asset for both a person and a car. A proper fit and look for your Dakota are all that you need to be able to strut your car's tail confidently on the road. Men may not admit it, but more than a thousand would love to drive down that road while having other car owners go: "Dude, nice rear!", "Bro, nice back", or "That's some nice junk, bro." Getting this small bit of confidence is just a matter of knowing your Dodge Dakota differential cover. We listed the answers to some problems experienced that may have been preventing you from strutting your car's backside.
The biggest concern for a differential cover is the fit of the bolts to the holes. Car owners normally find themselves with a bolt that would not go in the hole, causing the cover to hang loosely. This problem is usually an issue of the hole not being drilled deep enough. A simple rethreading and deepening would solve this; there are also kits in the market that come with a special tap and drill to help you out.
A noisy back isn't really something to prance. Noise coming from the differential cover can be caused by a number of things; a good way to determine the cause is listening to the amount of noise being created.
Weak rumbles or whines are usually caused by the pinion bearings of the differential assembly. The pinion bearings are likely not compatible with the parts and/or the cover. The bolts may also have become loose because of wear. Meanwhile, regular banging or clunking at normal driving speed is a sign of broken gears or the lack of lubricant in the differential assembly. There is also a chance that the cover is hanging too loosely on the vehicle. It is best that you get a second opinion before replacing or tightening any bolts on the assembly.
Most car owners automatically dismiss the vibrations from the differential as a result of a loose differential cover. Although this is true in a number of cases, it is best not to jump to any conclusions. Vibrations can also be caused by old, worn u-joints or a driveshaft that fell out of balance. It is best to check these as well when you are troubleshooting the vibrations.