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I am having a clunking sound from my rear that sounds its coming from the middle of the rear axles. It doesnt happen all the time. It seems to happen when I accelerate somewhat rapidly from a stopped position. If I accelerate slowly from a stopped position it seems to not happen. Any ideas what this could be? I have a 2006 Range Rover HSE with about 282k miles on it.
 

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Sure your rear shock hardware isn't a bit loose? That makes an exaggerated noise.

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It could be the electronic handbrake releasing. Mine does this.
Try leaving the handbrake off to see if you can reproduce the noise.
 

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I found that the upper and lower Heim /Rose joints were worn on my 07 L322 and much groaning and squeaking disappeared when I replaced them. I’m not sure if they are the cause of the noise you describe, but they seem to be a common issue after 100k miles.

They are quite straight forward to replace.
 

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Be interested to find a solution for this as I think I have the same fault. The clunk on mine is repeated "der-der-der-der" until you're off the mark, rather thank one big clunk and its done. Only ever happens on harsh acceleration as yours.

Mines a 2007 Vogue Autobiography with 256K on the clock - I'm noticing we are both high milers !
 

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I was told that it was the transfer case. I was told by someone who works on Range Rovers alot that he wasnt sure that I should be fixing things on a 2006 with 284k miles that I could have more problems coming. I like the car and have had since it was new. Do you think I should keep it or would it be a lot of headaches for me and too costly? I appreciate anyones input. I was told the transfer case would be like $2200 just to fix that with a used transfer case.
 

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You can buy a used Xfer case for anywhere between a couple of hundred bucks and 1500 depending on your source, 2200 is highway robbery for a used case. If its the Xfer case its probably the input shaft splines wearing out, don't know if the RR Xfer cases have chain issues or not, but input shaft splines are a known issue. If they go completely they will take the transmission output shaft with them and then your talking some big money. LR3, LR4 and sports all use the same Xfer case as the L322.
 

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I recently changed the transfer case on my 2007 s/c. Got a used case for £300 from a breaker and transfer case oil from LR dealer at £50. The change itself was a bit awkward on my own but okay. You have to drop the subframe so will need a couple of jacks to support and lower the transmission. Also the top transfer case to transmission bolts are difficult to get to but I managed to borrow the special LR tool from a local Indy which made it much easier. It took me a good few hours and some heavy lifting but everything is sorted now. Well worth the effort given the saving between what it actually cost and the £4K quoted by another local Indy.

Going back to the original problem, I had a rear diff problem that only showed itself under heavy load. One of the half shafts had come loose at the diff end. Might be worth checking everything is still secure around the rear diff and hubs.
 
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