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post #1 of 3 Old 02-12-2013, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Rubbing noise when driving with clutch engaged?

I am a complete newbie when it comes to jeeps (and cars in general). However, I am very good at fixing things... once I know what the problem is.

After a summer of riding with the top down I was used to the loud noise of the air going by, but once I put the top up at the beginning of winter I instantly noticed a rubbing noise coming from my drive train. I can only hear it when I am driving with the clutch engaged and the faster I am going the louder it is (so I know it's behind the transmission). I didn't think much of it because I only had the jeep for a month or so with the top up before I took it down for the summer. Now I have been driving it with the top up for a couple months and the rubbing noise has gotten louder.

I don't really like taking my car to the dealership because in the past they have completely made up problems that didn't exist - so I would love to figure this out at home. All help is appreciated.

Some info about my jeep --
It's an 04 Wrangler X. I bought it used spring of 2012 with 22k miles on it.
Everything related to the drivetrain is factory installed.
I make sure to check the fluids regularly and they don't seem to be an issue.

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post #3 of 3 Old 02-22-2013, 05:52 PM
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Hard to say. But your pretty sure it's from the trans back correct? I would start with ujoints first. There should be no play.

Try in 4hi and see if the noise gets better or worse.

Finally remove your rear DS. If there is no noise then it's DS or yoke related . If yes then it's either the rear diff or a bearing.

Also swap the front and rear tire sets. I it follows, then you may have a tire or weight issue.
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