Ok well.. A few months ago this started to happen. When I would put my truck in Drive or Reverse, it would bang. Not sure if that's the word or not, but not a bang like you would hear, just more of one you would feel. I figured my transmission mounts were bad and I was going to get it fixed. So I only drove it when I had to. I would use my other car, so I wouldn't damage it if it was something serious. Hence why I have only put 8k miles on the truck since I got it in November; 1000 miles in the past 3 months. Well a couple weeks ago it started to get a little worse. As in it would do it all the time, not just every once in a while.
Well when I moved up here for my new job last week, I was pulling an unloaded small car trailer. Cant weigh anymore than 1000 lbs. Well maybe it could, I dont know. I attached a picture below of the unloaded trailer and threw in a picture of my camper that my step dad was pulling and what I'm living in till I find a house. I just walked outside and took the pictures. THE CAR HAULER TRAILER IS FOR SALE BY THE WAY. Gotta pay for my new rearend somehow. lol Well anyway, I was following him, since he was towing and I went to pass him since we were getting close and I knew where to go. It's a good thing I had him tow the camper instead of me; 20 minutes into the journey and my rear end would have exploded going down the highway, which could have locked up my rear end and my tires skidding, jack kniffing down the highway with this 6500+lbs beast behind me. So anyway I noticed my Armada wasn't scooting like its suppose to and has been. I got around him and started thinking. Ok, I'm not just getting use to the Armada and getting comfortable, this thing really isn't as quick as it use to be at WOT.
Ok so a few days go by. I leave work and go into town to Alva for my Pre-Employment Physical. Don't ask me why a Dispatch Supervisor needs one. I leave and notice my rpms were high when I set my cruise control at 66mph. I was turning around 2400rpm. I turn 2000rpm at 70mph with my 33.44" Cooper Discoverer STT TEK3 M/T's. Same one that Bob (Pops) has. I played with the shifter and it doesnt do anything. So I'm like crap. It's my transmission.
Well I get going some more and come up on a semi; one of mine actually, and I clicked the Cancel button on the Cruise Control. It started to make this sound that I can't remember now. It was definitely noticeable. Sounded like it was coming from the middle or the back. I didn't know which. It was a spinning sound for sure. Maybe a spinning grind of some sort? So I am playing throttle, off, throttle, off with the heavy load semi. Everytime I got off the throttle, it would make that sound and then everytime I would ease on the accelerator to give it throttle, it would slam. As if I had a high stall Torque Convertor that would only catch at a certain RPM to catch into gear. So I thought. Crap. My transmission mounts are broke, which has now caused my U-Joints to go out. Well I get into town, start going down neighborhoods to see if I could find my ex gf's house she had when she was in college. Ok we are talking over a decade here. The slamming got worse. Just a little bit of throttle and it would slam. I found the house, someone was living in it. Can't rent that house. It's a small college town.
So I thought, well lets go to Walmart, let it cool off or something. Do something other than drive around in it. Got back in it. Reverse out of my parking space and started driving and noticed these bad @ss looking tires on this lifted truck. So I did a U-Turn to check them out and BOOM! It explodes after I did the U-Turn and now I'm in the middle between parking spaces and I'm blocking people. My first instinct was to give it gas, but the RPMS just climbed and the truck barely moved. Well I had to get it out of the way. I got out and looked underneath and fluid was everywhere and leaking from the Rear Differential. I tried to put it in Reverse to get it out of the way. The damage was done, I can't F it up anymore than what just happened. It's not the motor, so what else could happen. That didn't work. I kept it in Reverse and what little it had left to spin, I used that to push it back into a spot.
And that's the story.
*Jolts when you put it into gear intermittently. Had to do with whether there was strain on the gear or not; like if it was parked on a hill and you put it in gear without the E-Brake on.
*Starts to happen everytime
*Loose alot of power. No more uuummmppphhh. Passing power reduced. Gradual that I didn't notice. It wasn't like an all of sudden symptom
*Revs higher at highway speed at a constant speed
*Weird spinning grinding noise from the rear during deceleration
*Parked or cruising down the highway, anytime you are off the throttle and engage the throttle, even just a bit, it slams into gear
Guess I could have just typed that part up instead of my novel, but it's hard to explain without my narration.
So incase no one read that..
THE CAR HAULER TRAILER IN THE FIRST PICTURE IS FOR SALE DUE TO: MY ARMADA NEEDS A NEW REAR END.