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This is a discussion on rear axle need help within the Drivetrain forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; So here's the deal. I bought my car 3 weeks ago from a car lot. Before I bought it I ...

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    So here's the deal. I bought my car 3 weeks ago from a car lot. Before I bought it I noticed a squeeking sound in the rear pasenger side. They said they couldn't find anything wrong with it so I paid my downpayment. (My own eager stupidity since it looked in great shape) a couple days later a buddy riding behind me told me the wheel wobbles so I had it checked out. The rim was bent I seen it with my own eyes at discount tire. Also noticed that the rear end is shifted oward the driver side making the pasenger rear tire rub inside on trhe fender well.

    Yesterday I dropped irt back off at the dealer and they gave me the same run around "it is fine we couldn't find anything wrong with it. Even the tire shop said it is fine". Cough bullshit cough.

    So here is the question. I know I will need a adjustable panhard bar to realign the axle. Since it has been dropped. And I know the rim is bent. But what would cause the squeeking sound. Could it be rhe rim rubbing the caliper or do y'all think the rear bearings might need to be replaced. Also I noticed I have a pretty noticable leak of diff fluid I believe where the driveshaft meets the reareand. I have read the posts and stickys and it says not to atempt to replace that seal. How hard is it really to change.

    It is almost as if someone lost control and hit a curb with that pass rear wheel. I have given y'all all the details and need an overall opinion on what needs to be done. I am not going to fight with these guys and have them come repo out of spite for forcing them to make the repair.

    Thanks in advance

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    Sounds like it was hit

    did you run a carfax?

    take it to a good shop

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    Never been hit and when I did get it checked out body wise he confirmed it all the paint is still factory from what he could tell

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    The weeping diff was a factory option. It is just a trait that the 10 bolts are known for. As long as it is not dripping on the ground you're in the same boat as almost everyone else. My understanding is that those that have tried to replace the pinion seal have had mixed luck. A lot of times, it seems that it just starts weeping again after a short period of time.

    The squeak could very well be a hung up caliper. The caliper pins like to seize up in the bores and this results in a slight brake drag and the resulting squeak you may have. Best bet is to disassemble the brakes and pull the pins. Clean them real good and then goop them up with synthetic caliper grease. Don't forget to clean the bores also.

    We bought out car in August 2008 -- it had both a weeping diff and a seized up caliper pin. Actually had to take the heat wrench to the caliper to get the pin out. It's all better now.

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    Try tightening or removing your spare. Drove me freakin' nuts with my '99. Pulled all my hair out and ended up being the spare. DO NOT try just cranking it down, because you'll dent your rear quarter. Start there, let us all know how it works out.

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    Are you familiar with the lemon laws?

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