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loud ticking noise coming from rear end

hi i have a 1966 289 c4 , and just today i hear a loud ticking noise from the rear end, any thoughts?
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I've heard the same noise every once in awhile as well. I don't know what it is.

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Re: loud ticking noise coming from rear end

Maybe a stone stuck in the tire tread?? I would get that a lot with my Jeep.
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something in the hub cap?
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called a shop and they said to check the U joint and see if it moves left or right, seems to be very tight. So they say it might be the 3rd member. Called around and places charging me around 800 for a rebuild. Should I just go buy a whole used rear end? Some mustang yard is charging me 450 w/ 100 day guarantee. Money is tight. Whats the best way to go?
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I'd unbolt the rear u-joint and look at the 4 barrels to make sure they're not dried out.

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The "best way to go" is to determine, the best you can, where the noise is coming from. Does the noise come on when going slowly? If so, maybe someone can jog alongside while you coast to determine if its on either side or the middle. Try to eliminate as many variables as possible before paying someone to do the same thing.
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yea i drove around and opened my car door and i was going about 5 mph and the clicking noise seems to be coming from right where the drive shaft meets the rear end. So im going to check the gear oil level first hopefully thats it if not ill have to either pull the 3rd member out but i dont want to mess it up even more because of my inexperience, should I just bring it in to the shop? I mean I am somewhat mechanically inclined I usually do all the work myself unless I need like serious shop tools.
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Still could be U joints, which will save you from pulling the 3rd member.

But if you get to the point of pulling the 3rd member, you know that each axle needs to come first. Be sure to inspect the bearings on axles closely, as they could also be culprits here.
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loud ticking noise coming from rear end

when I disconnect the rear U joint what exactly am i looking for? because that ticking noise sounds very sharp and clear , would it sound that clear if it were coming from the 3rd member?

oh and i checked the level on the gear oil, its right at the fill hole. Would I still need to change it out? or is it fine?
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one thing i would also do is update your profile to include your location - you might have a fellow VMF'er local thats willing to give a hand

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