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Old 03-16-2015, 05:40 PM
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Drivetrain noise and vibration solved.

My 2005 GC Limited with Hemi has been noisy and not run smooth for the last 60K+ miles. It has 144k on it. This included front and rear vibration between 65-75 mph and a lot of rear end whine. I figured that the rear driveshaft was part of the issue but did want to start just replacing parts.

After driving to NY skiing last weekend, the noise doubled and I could not drive faster than 40 mph due to the vibration. Even though I do most of the repairs on my jeep, I took it to a local service shop. They confirmed that it was the rear drive shaft and recommended a $375 ebay replacement driveshaft over the $1200 dealer replacement. This is the link to the driveshaft:

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 7 5 7L 4WD Rear Driveshaft | eBay

My jeep runs smooth as glass easily up to 80 mph and no rear end whine. I should have replaced the driveshaft long time ago.

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Re: Drivetrain noise and vibration solved.

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My 2005 GC Limited with Hemi has been noisy and not run smooth for the last 60K+ miles. It has 144k on it. This included front and rear vibration between 65-75 mph and a lot of rear end whine. I figured that the rear driveshaft was part of the issue but did want to start just replacing parts.

After driving to NY skiing last weekend, the noise doubled and I could not drive faster than 40 mph due to the vibration. Even though I do most of the repairs on my jeep, I took it to a local service shop. They confirmed that it was the rear drive shaft and recommended a $375 ebay replacement driveshaft over the $1200 dealer replacement. This is the link to the driveshaft:

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 7 5 7L 4WD Rear Driveshaft | eBay

My jeep runs smooth as glass easily up to 80 mph and no rear end whine. I should have replaced the driveshaft long time ago.
Fatdaddy28,

I have been putting up with this noise for three years anyway. I have taken it to at least 6 shops with 2 of them being dealerships. Drives us nuts! At the moment I am on the verge of having the rear end rebuilt/replaced. I would like to actually chat with you on it for a bit before I move forward to compare thoughts and symptoms. Are you agreeable to a phone conversation?
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Re: Drivetrain noise and vibration solved.

Before I answer your question, I had an issue driving back from work last night. It seemed like the drive train was binding during acceleration. I put the truck on jack stands this morning and checked out the new drive shaft and everything was looked fine. I lubed the front and rear universal joints and extension shaft. After changing the oil, I took the truck for a test drive and it ran fine and smooth. I floored it twice just to see if i could repeat the issue I had earlier, and it didn't come back. I am still very happy with the drive shaft, but a little concerned that something else might be wrong.

If you want to talk, just send me a private message.

Thanks,

Lou
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Re: Drivetrain noise and vibration solved.

Lou,

Thanks for the reply. Good to hear it went away. Do you think the new DSL was shipped dry???

Not sure how to IM you... But would like to chat...

Terry
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Re: Drivetrain noise and vibration solved.

Long shot, but if you have less than 70k( highly unlikely) dealer will do for free...There "is" a TSB on it I have a 2005. Maybe dealer can do it for a lower price since there is a recall on the driveshaft.
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Re: Drivetrain noise and vibration solved.

Thanks for the input. This POS has become the "Money Pit" of motor vehicles. In the past three months I have had the motor rebuilt, bought and installed the rear drive shaft referenced above, and one week later have replaced the transmisdiin because it left me sitting on the side of the road.

Just this round I am at $5K in this beast. In the past year it has seen only 4 weeks of daylight (not in the shop). Bar none this has been the very worst vehicle I have owned in my 40 years of auto ownership. This was my third Jeep and 5th Chrystler product. Only one of them did not develop a single issue.... my '62 Dodge pickup...first vehicle. My Chrystler days are about over.
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