clunking 2003 5.9 liter v8 Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango

i have a bad clunking when accelerating, i can barely gas it without hearing alot of clunking, my tranny is fine and im not leaking fluid, my driveshafts arent wiggling or anything and it sounds like its in the rear end and it sounds like something thats suppose to spin is stripped

Sounds like you have already found where the issue is and now you need to go one step further by examining the rear end components. For more complete information you may want to purchase an online repair manual that contains information, diagrams and images for better understanding.


Do not use steam, kerosene or gasoline to clean the housing.
Side play resulting from bearing races being loose on case hubs requires replacement of the differential case.
Tag the differential bearing cups and threaded adjusters to indicate their location.

  1. Remove filler plug from the differential cover.
  2. Remove differential cover and drain the lubricant.
  3. Clean housing cavity with flushing oil, light engine oil or a lint free cloth.
  4. Remove axle shafts.
  5. Remove RWAL/ABS sensor from housing.
  6. Mark differential housing and bearing caps for installation reference
  7. Remove bearing threaded adjuster lock from each bearing cap.
  8. Loosen differential bearing cap bolts.
  9. Loosen differential bearing adjusters through the axle tubes with Wrench C-4164
  10. Hold differential case while removing bearing caps and adjusters.
  11. Remove differential case.
    CAUTION: If cover is not installed within 3 to 5 minutes, the cover must be cleaned and new RTV applied or adhesion quality will be compromised.
    Be sure that all bearing cap bolts are tightened to their final torque of 136 N·m (100 ft.lbs.) before proceeding.
    Trac-lok™ differential equipped vehicles should be road tested by making 10 to 12 slow figure-eight turns. This maneuver will pump the lubricant through the clutch discs to eliminate a possible chatter noise complaint.
  12. Apply a coating of hypoid gear lubricant to the differential bearings, bearing cups, and threaded adjusters. A dab of grease can be used to keep the adjusters in position.
  13. Install differential assembly into the housing.
  14. Install differential bearing caps in their original locations
  15. Install bearing cap bolts and tighten the upper bolts to (10 ft. lbs.). Tighten the lower bolts finger-tight until the bolt head is seated.
  16. Perform the differential bearing preload and adjustment procedure.
  17. Install axle shafts.
  18. Apply a bead of orange Mopar Axle RTV Sealant or equivalent to the housing cover.
  19. Install the cover and any identification tag and tighten cover bolts to (30 ft. lbs.).
  20. Fill differential with lubricant to bottom of the fill plug hole. Refer to the Lubricant Specifications for the correct quantity and type.