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#1 of 32 Loud noise in rear axle area
Feb 23, 2008 (10:41 am)
I have a 1994 grand cherokee laredo that developed a loud noise in the rear axle area. The faster you go the louder it gets. When putting the 4x4 selector in "part-time", the noise all but stops. Has anyone experienced this or have a solution to this problem. Thank you.
#2 of 32 Re: Loud noise in rear axle area [tlbrwb]
Feb 29, 2008 (10:39 pm)
This is just my guess, but I think your spider gear in the rear axle is going bad. One question for ya... Did you get a flat with mud tires on, and if so did you use the spare tire, if so was that spare tire designed for street use?
#3 of 32 Re: Loud noise in rear axle area [tlbrwb]
Mar 01, 2008 (7:23 am)
Here is my experience:
I have been driving my 1998 Grand Cherokee for about 14 months with increasing road noise. I knew it was my rear differential going out, but figured I would hold on as long as I could due to the expense on my Jeep that has over 170k miles on it. Well in December 2007 my front pinion was sheared while driving down the highway. I guess I was lucky because it didn't explode. When I took it to get it fixed I learned that I had some special, rarer version of the differentials. They wanted to charge me $1500 for a used (100k + miles) one. I also knew I needed a new rear one, and since I could get along without the front one I just had them disconnect it from the transfer case. Well, 30 days later my rear went out. I took it in to have it fixed. Again, due to cost I was hoping to have just the rear fixed now and wait a couple of months to get the front fixed. It turns out, even though the primary torque is on the rear axle, the Jeep was not intended to work without the front axle. Thus driving only on the rear axle shortens the life to about 30 days. The company supplying the rebuilt rear end won't even sell the rear end alone without voiding any warranty. The expert on the phone even told me what happened before he knew that I had been driving on just the rear for about 30 days.
In your case, the noise probably stops because you are sharing the torque between the front and rear differentials.
By the way, the total cost of replacing both differentials with essentially new ones, including replacing my rotors and axles at the same time was around $5800.
#4 of 32 2001jeep grand cherokee limited /quadratrack
Oct 28, 2008 (12:42 pm)
turn left rear axle noise ; come to find out chrysler doesnt even service them ;they pull them out and put a new one in (axle) to many parts -clutches - pinions -bearings- seals; 60 miles left on warranty.
#5 of 32 Rear differential issue due to no fluid
Mar 05, 2009 (8:26 am)
I started hearing grinding noises from my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I took it to a mechanic and found out that my rear differential was damaged and my axle had to be replaced. The mechanic told me that the plug was missing from the differential fluid. 2 weeks prior I had gotten my oil changed and fluid checked which is when the plug must have been removed. The oil change place is refusing to accept responsibility for my damage ($1200.00) because at the same time I also had to have the front axle replaced. The owner is claiming that because the metal parts I showed him were not blue showing heat damage and the fact that the front was worn the fluid missing the rear would have needed replaceing anyways. He also said he talked to a Chrysler mechanics that said the front and rear issue is normal for Jeeps with 160,000 miles like mine has. I plan on going to small claims court and I am working on a defense .. any words of wisdom/suggestions would be appreciated.
#6 of 32 Vibration/grinding in low speed turn
Mar 13, 2009 (4:35 am)
I have a 2002 Grand Cherokee Outlander w/ quadra trac 4wd and when in a low speed (15 mph or less) turn I am getting a vibration/grinding noise from the rear end. Any thoughts appreciated.
#7 of 32 Re: Vibration/grinding in low speed turn [gwr3]
Mar 21, 2009 (7:31 pm)
I have just experienced the exact same problem on my '01 GC...did you find any solutions to this or have it checked out?
#8 of 32 Re: Vibration/grinding in low speed turn [gwr3]
Mar 21, 2009 (7:36 pm)
how is the oil in the rear end? could be a bad spider inside rear end other could be bad wheel bering
does it do the noise when you turn eather way?
#9 of 32 Solution to problemter discinnecting
Mar 22, 2009 (4:32 am)
I took the GC to a mechanic I trust (has been working on my '02 T-Bird for 4 years) and after disconnecting the front drive-shaft from the AWD he isolated the problem to the rear end. Oil, was fine. It was a combination of problems in the rear-end so since he had to tear down most of the rear, I had an entire rebuild done (Jeep/MOPAR sells the parts as a kit for the rear-end rebuild ~1K). Problem solved.
#10 of 32 Loud noise in the rear
Mar 29, 2009 (10:03 am)
I have a 2002 jeep grande cherokee with 125000km, can someone please help me!! I have a loud thud noise in the rear when I am driving through any ruff areas or pot holes, the jeep is sounding like a piece of junk! Its like it is bottoming out. This has been an on going noise but seems to be getting progressively worse. Talked to some other jeep owner that have spent $1000.'s at the garage trying to find out what was wrong with no luck. I just changes my shocks and no difffernece. Love to hear from anyone that has had the same problem.