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2002 passat glx v6

A slight but noticeable howl between 50 and 60 mph, accentuated during acceleration.

Checked diff fluid, was low. Added about 0.4 qts.

Still noisy.

Any ideas on how to quiet it down? (additives, thicker oil, etc)

Used mobil delvac synth 75w90

Thanks in advance.
 

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The sound comes from the passenger side. Was there before my last tire change ruling out the tires. It is definitely a diff hum/howl and it comes up at acceleration only between 50 and 60 mph.
 

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What puzzles me is that it's not a grinding sound and it's not related to whether driving straight or turning, as I would think a wheel bearing going bad would be (while turning).

Those of you who had your bearings go bad, what were your symptoms?
 

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It's great to have these forums, your input is very appreciated. Will definitely start looking at the left wheel bearing on my next corrective maint. batch...cheaper than rebuilding a differential, that's for sure.


Just to bring new info to the thread, this link gave me some idea that my diff could be going technical, as it very precisely describes my problem:

http://www.differentials.com/diagnose.html

"A howl or whine during acceleration over a small or large speed range is usually caused by worn ring and pinion gears or improper gear set up."

Have a great week everybody.
 
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