Rear-diff Troubles and Solutions
New forum member (long-time reader) and pretty unintelligent when it comes to the inner workings of a car. Forgive me in advance.
99 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Having some pretty good vibration throughout the car starting at about 70-72 mph. I've had car aligned, wheels rebalanced. The joints have been checked out, don't think it's that.
So I am out of ideas. I take the jeep to a garage and they lift it up and run it at high revs and show me the rear-diff is vibrating and making some noises. Seems like the diff is the culprit of the vibration/shaking.
I don't want to pay $800 right now to get that rebuilt. I can put the jeep in 4-wheel high and disconnect the rear drive, essentially turning my jeep into a front wheel drive. Here is the question, what are the longer term impacts of doing this? Could it cause other damage to the car?
I live in LA so its not like I really need 4WD. Any and all thoughts on this are welcome. Such as:
- Can a rear-diff issue really cause vibration throughout the car, going in a straight line down the freeway at 70?
- Cost, ideas on rear-diff repair?
Thanks in advance for the forums help. As a Jeep owner for the past 10 years I have used this forum often to get ideas and tips on little repairs which have kept my car running great throughout the years.
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