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Will25U 11-27-2011 12:20 PM

2005 WK whining sound.
Howdy, long time lurker, first time poster. I have a 2005 WK Limited with the 4.7L. She has almost 100k miles on her. I have a whine coming from what I think is the front end of the Jeep, but its kinda hard to tell exactly where.

A little back story to start off. I live in Colorado and during a heavy rain storm, I was forced to enter a rather deep "puddle". Although after the fact, it was more like a lake in the right lane. It was around a corner and I could neither stop in time nor change lanes before hitting the "puddle". Long story short, it flooded the engine and threw two rods. Insurance covered the replacement of the engine. $13k later I had a rebuilt engine with 10k less miles, along with some other minor body work. Around August 2010 is when I got the Jeep back. A week or so later I noticed a whine. I had just taken her on a easy dirt trail, and thought maybe there was a small rock in the brakes or something. After a day or so, the whine was still there so I changed my assumption to maybe a bad wheel bearing. After doing multiple tests to see if it was a wheel bearing, I have come to the conclusion that it is the front differential.

It usually starts whining around 50 mph all the way to about 70 mph and higher. I can be speeding up or coasting and it whines. I have read a lot on
this and other forums and am thinking I have diagnosed it correctly. I'm far from being mechanically inclined so still I may be wrong.

My question is this. When the Jeep went into the puddle is it feasible that water got into the front differential and could have caused damage? And is it possible that the repair shop missed this? I know that differential whine is common on WK's but could the water have made the problem come to life in this instance? I am really reluctant to take it back to the shop for them to take apart the differential and find out that it was not because of the water, and me having to pay for the work of them tearing down the differential. I also have talked to some mechanics and they have said that it is a warped carrier in the differential, or could be a bad bearing. They also told me that if it is a bad bearing or the carrier, that it is not essential to get replaced right this second, but in the next year or so. They did not take the differential apart, so I don't know if these statements are correct or not.

My wife and her brother are taking the Jeep on a 1700 mile journey from GA to CO late December to meet me when I return home from Iraq, and am worried about it possibly causing a problem during their trip. Any insight would be appreciated.

Edited to fix formatting.

Galaxie500 11-28-2011 10:11 PM

Re: 2005 WK whining sound.
Have you changed the fluid in your differential since the "puddle" incident? If not you should check to see if there is water in it. This goes for both diffs and transfer case. Jeep recommends that you change the fluids in your diffs and tc every 15K and trans at 30K. If the fluid is good then I would go with what the mechs said and get it rebuilt in a year.

2005JGC 11-29-2011 01:50 AM

Re: 2005 WK whining sound.
Nope, the dealership suggests 30k trans service intervals... If you look of the schedule B maintainence you will see chrysler suggests 60k mile intervals.

None the less, if your submerging the axles you want to service them much more regularly, seals are designed to keep fluid in, not to keep fluid out (not that they dont do a decent job anyway). Both front and rear axle vents are not very high up too so if you dunked them you should probably get them serviced.

Will25U 11-29-2011 03:13 AM

Re: 2005 WK whining sound.
What kind of damage could it have caused if the water stayed in the diff? Like I said, I'm not mechanically inclined, and thought the diff's were completely sealed, guess I thought wrong. :o I never changed the fluid in it after the water incident, so if the water got into the diff it has been in there since the engine got flooded. I am guessing that just changing the fluid wouldn't do anything, correct? Thanks for the help.

2005JGC 11-29-2011 09:24 PM

Re: 2005 WK whining sound.
water will sit on steel components and rust them... rusting leads to pitting and pitting leads to humming ;)

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