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I have a 2003 rincon and my friend has a 2005. Both make a kind of growling noise when going slow downhill with the rear brake being used. It does not do it with only using the front brake. Any ideas, or do they all do it? It sounds like it is in the rear end or transfer case.
 

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Welcome to the forums. Have you checked your rear brake pads to make sure they aren't worn into the metal backing? When they wear into the metal, they will make a noise something like you describe.
 

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I have a 2003. Mine does the same thing. Sounds like its coming from trnamission area. Only with the rear brake as well. I try not to use the rear brakes cause it does,nt sound good. I'm thinking maybe the bearing on the rear of the output shaft but thats just a guess. I did notice that I get good engine braking if I crank up the idle. When engine braking is working the problem disappears. The only problem with that is the idle has to be cranked up after I have it in gear or it will grind going into gear. Just ride along and slowly turn idle adjustment up gradually going down a small hill until engine braking kicks in. Then I just turn it back down when I have to disengage the trans. The book says 1400 +/- 100 rpm but I have to get it higher than that for the engine braking to work.
 

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Thanks for the help. That would be a good idea, but I don't have a video recorder. Since mine is new to me but only has 80 hrs on it, and my friend's does it too, I thought it was not good, but normal. It only does it going slow and on a steep hill, so when it it is safe to do, I will only use the front brakes also.---Jack
 
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