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Re: Front Axle Failer Thread
So I have an 05 Titan, crew cab, off road package, big tow package, etc. Looks like the prior owner had a "Gregco front leveling kit" installed at some point according to the receipt that was stuffed in the manual when I bought it a little over a year ago. Truck now has about 69k on it.
Used the 4wd last wednesday during a nice snow storm and it worked great. I could go anywhere without a problem. 2 days later, getting some nice snow again so I click it into 4wd and get a loud grinding noise from the transfer case, so I quickly take it out of 4wd and the noise stops. I stop the truck, put it back in 4wd, and it said it was engaged. No grinding noise, but could definately tell the truck was not in 4wd.
Took it to the dealer to get looked at today. Service manager said that the front diff is toast and needs to be replaced (something about a problem with an axle that caused it, couldn't quite catch that part). Anyway, he said the front diff is $1500 and it will be 8 hours of labor to replace it.
Luckily, I payed for an extended warranty through Guardian, and it looks like they will be picking up the majority of the tab.
My question is this... with all of these front diff issues, is this something that's likely to happen again, or has the diff been redesigned to correct the issues? I absolutely love the truck, I'm just not sure if I should trade it in before my extended warranty expires in case this happens again....