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Old 11-23-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Rear Differential Chatter/Howl-Problem Solved

Anyone who can change their oil can and should do this. Took my ZL1 to the dealer to check the rear diff noise and they said they planned to change the seals and diff fluid. 3 hr job to tear out the half shafts and replace seals and use the new fluid. But what they didn't know is the ZL1 already has the new fluid and compatible seals. And I wasn't thrilled at the idea of them tearing it down. So I went out and got some good quality Valvoline Synthetic 75W-90 and did it my self. No more noise, much smoother. Didn't see the sense in dealer putting the same stuff in that was making noise already after 4000 miles. Anyone who tracks should change the fluid regularly. I did one track day since I bought my car in May and just got around to changing the fluid.

Pulled it on ramps on the incline of the driveway so the fluid in the cooler would run to the back when drained.

Both the plugs are magnetic and will have a little debris on them.

Note the top fill plug has a paint mark I assume to keep you from over tightening.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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BTW it holds about 2 1/2 quarts. And I took it out for a drive first to warm up the fluid first and it drains very quickly that way.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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I thought the rear end now use auto transmission fluid, so only the manual trans uses automatic trans fluid?
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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if it starts making noise when it is cold on slow turns, go to the dealer and get the additive or LS gear oil that has the additive in it already. I tried Royal Purple but it started howling and chattering after a few days when it was cold. Switched back to GM LS gear oil and it was all quiet again.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:21 PM   #5
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I thought the rear end now use auto transmission fluid, so only the manual trans uses automatic trans fluid?
incorrect info here
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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I thought the rear end now use auto transmission fluid, so only the manual trans uses automatic trans fluid?
No, manual calls for 75W-90 gear oil. The oil I used doesn't require any additional additive. And actually the manual calls for additive in the SS but not the ZL1. The GM LS gear oil 88862624 that is recommended for the ZL1 in the manual doesn't require additive.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:29 PM   #7
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Copied from owners manual

Rear Axle (V6 Engine with Manual
Transmission)
Rear Differential Fluid 75W-90 Limited Slip (GM Part No. 89021677 and
Friction Modifier 1052358, in Canada 89021678 and
Friction Modifier 992694).
Rear Axle (SS)
Rear Differential Fluid 75W-90 Limited Slip (GM Part No. 89021677 and
Friction Modifier 1052358, in Canada 89021678 and
Friction Modifier 992694).
Rear Axle (ZL1)
Rear Differential Fluid 75W-90 Limited Slip (GM Part No. 88862624, in
Canada 88862625).


The TSB for the rear diff noise has the dealer replace the oil in the diffs of the SS cars with 88862624. Already in the ZL1!
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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Heres the TSB you mentioned for non-ZL1's


Service Information

2012 Chevrolet Camaro | Camaro VIN F Service Manual | Document ID: 2740658
#PI0137C: Rear Axle Chatter Type Noise on Low Speed Turns (Excluding ZL1) - (May 11, 2012)

Subject:Rear Axle Chatter Type Noise on Low Speed Turns (Excluding ZL1)

Models:2010-2012 Chevrolet Camaro (Excluding ZL1)
Equipped with Limited-Slip Differential (RPO G80)

Attention:For 2010 and 2011 vehicles built prior to August 25, 2010, if the chatter noise you are experiencing occurs only in Reverse while making a turn, please review the latest version of PIC5424.
This PI is being revised to add an Attention statement and update the Recommendation/Instructions. Please discard PI0137B.The following diagnosis might be helpful if the vehicle exhibits the symptom(s) described in this PI.
Condition/Concern


Some customers may comment on a chatter-type noise from the rear of the vehicle while making low speed turns.
This condition may be caused by a slip/stick of the posi-traction clutch plates. As the plates slip and stick, a jumping or jerking feel occurs, accompanied by a chatter noise.

Recommendation/Instructions

Caution: The rear axle seals must be replaced. The original seals are not compatible with the new fluid.

Replace both rear axle shaft seals with GM P/N 22798805 and drain/refill the rear differential with new fluid, GM P/N 88862624 (in Canada, use P/N 88862625). Refer to the Rear Axle Shaft Seal and Differential Oil Replacement procedures in SI. This fluid includes a limited-slip additive (friction modifier) already added. DO NOT add any limited-slip additive (friction modifier).
Important: Please advise the customer that once the differential fluid has been changed, it may take as long as 805 km (500 miles) for the lubricant to fully penetrate the limited slip clutch plates. During this period some chatter may still be felt on initial startup while making slow turns until the rear differential fluid warms up.

Note: DO NOT re-use the wheel drive shaft nut. Replace with NEW only.

Parts Information

Part Number



Description



Qty



22798805


Seal, Rear Axle Shaft


2


11611687


Nut, Rear Wheel Drive Shaft


2


88862624 (US -1 qt)

88862625 (Canada -1 L)


Fluid, Manual Transmission (Dexron LS Gear Oil 75W-90 MTF)


1

Warranty Information


For vehicles repaired under warranty, use:

Labor Operation



Description



Labor Time



F9739*


Replace Both Rear Axle Shaft Seals and Drain/Refill Rear Axle Fluid


3.1 hrs


*This is a unique labor operation for bulletin use only. It will not be published in the Labor Time Guide.

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Old 11-23-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
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Note the top fill plug has a paint mark I assume to keep you from over tightening.
Thats a "quality control" mark if you will,it means the diff. has been filled and the plug tightened at the assembly plant.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:09 PM   #10
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Great info, thanks for posting
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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The transmission fluid mentioned is only for the diff cooler. I had a Valvoline lube place change mine while I watched using the GM recommended fluid. They said their fluid met the GM spec, but I elected to use the GM fluid instead. It's only about $40 to have them do it versus $100+ for the dealer.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:14 PM   #12
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That's right, the ATF is circulated the length of the car not the diff fluid. I had looked at it before but forgot how it was plumbed. So really was no need to lift car and keep it level to drain. Just the rear up in the air would have been fine.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:46 PM   #13
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...was it leaking...why did they have to replace the seals as you stated?
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #14
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...was it leaking...why did they have to replace the seals as you stated?

No leaks. The TSB for the SS cars tells them to replace the seals with new part # to be compatible with the new fluid. The ZL1 already has the new seals.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:08 AM   #15
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Love to read threads like this one. I'm always learning and when the time comes I can always refer back to it. Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:52 PM   #16
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Be careful with the synthetic fluids. Not all of them hav ehte additive included. I know that Mobile 1 doesn't.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:31 PM   #17
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Be careful with the synthetic fluids. Not all of them hav ehte additive included. I know that Mobile 1 doesn't.
The Mobil 1 LS 75W-90 gear oil does have the additive already. I looked at that one too.

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/..._75W-90LS.aspx
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:25 AM   #18
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The Mobil 1 LS 75W-90 gear oil does have the additive already. I looked at that one too.

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/..._75W-90LS.aspx
Mobil 1 Synthetic Gear Lube LS 75W-90 does not have enough LS additive to meet GM spec #88862624. This is why I went back wit the GM fluid. I didn't want to use more additive, nor add more than necessary. I think Valvolines synthetic gear lube meets this spec.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:49 AM   #19
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To the o.p. The owner's manual specifically says to change your diff fluid after every track day. If you tracked it a while ago...and just now got around to changing your fluid...that's what could have caused the chatter.

I had the chatter in my SS, but I got my techs at work to upgrade me to the LS gear oil with new seals and all is well!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:43 AM   #21
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So how is everyone's diff doing now?
Does the valvoline fluid work fine over the lung run wihout needing to use the LS additive?
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So how is everyone's diff doing now?
Does the valvoline fluid work fine over the lung run wihout needing to use the LS additive?
The original poster added some extra addative to the valvoline oil eventually.

here is my .02 on this topic take it for what it is worth. buy some good fluid. IE the gm fluid, good aftermaket synthetic. Now if the fluid has addative don't run any extra up front. If you buy fluid without the additive use the recomnended GM addtive right out the gate.

after you fill the diff do some figure eight driving in a parking lot to cycle the diff clutches. I think the GM TSB specifies how many to do

Now if you still get some chatter go get more of the GM addative that is recomended at add say 2 ounces at a time then go repeat the figure 8's until the chatter is elimitnated.

the friction modifer material is not a more is better type thing you need the right amount.

my fresh gm fluid will be here this week I will do the change and if I get a bit of chatter I will do just what I posted. I am positive it will work because it worked on my Z06.

my chatter is very minimal on my car right now and only when cold but I want it 100% gone. sometimes I think with these tires having such piss poor grip in the cold it magnifies the issue.
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I tried the Mobile 1 in my car. Definitely not enough additive in it. When the car is cold, the differential makes more noise than when it had the GM fluid. I'm gonna try Valvoline next.
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Unfortunately, Mobil One doesn't meet the spec. The GM/DELCO fluid was expensive but worked well.
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There is now a bulletin out on this, it calls for the dealer to flush and fill three times along with some figure 8s, etc. I had mine done and it silenced the howling.
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