Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2003 Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 116000 miles
I can accelerate from a stop slowly and nothing happens. If I try to accelerate quickly there is a violent thumping/shaking. Coming mainly from either the rearend or the driveshaft. I don't think it is coming form the tranny or transfer case. The rear tires even try to break loose and chip a little. It really reminds me of driving an old hot rod w/ rear leaf springs and you would get rear end hop when doing a burnout.
Take a look at sway bar links and shock mounts. Are shocks O.E.M.? see figure
Let me know
May, 26, 2010 AT 8:09 AM
The sway bar links seemed to have a little play but not much. The shocks had no play. They are origional. None of the other suspension components had any play. I also tried shaking the universal joints at the differential and the transfer case and they felt really stiff. The only thing that seemed to move was the transfer case. When I was shaking the universal joint the transfer case had a lot of side to side motion. I'm not sure if it is supposed to or not. The mount looks like it restricts up and down as well as front to back but not side to side.
Thanks for the feedback.
May, 26, 2010 AT 10:08 AM
Place a jack under trans/trans case see if it can be jacked up off of mount? If so mount is faulty
May, 27, 2010 AT 6:21 AM
Transfer case can't be lifted with jack. Motion is limited to side-to-side.
May, 27, 2010 AT 11:49 AM
Possible differential problem is diff all cast iron or aluminum center? Does vehicle have TRAC or VARI- LOCK? Had diff fluid ever been changed?
May, 27, 2010 AT 12:30 PM
It appears to be all cast iron (pic attached). Build sheet cals out a Dana 35C/194MM Rear Axle, and Selec-Trac Full Time 4WD System. Diff fluid was changed about 25K ago.
May, 27, 2010 AT 12:45 PM
Can you have a helper look at rear of Jeep while you acel. And see what is hapening?