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Unread 10-16-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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Sounds from the rear of my 2001 Cherokee Limited

When I start out driving, it sounds like my rear brakes are grinding. I had them checked and they are ok. They said there was a sounds coming from the differential, once the transmission shifts out of first(automatic) the noise goes away. Any thoughts on what it could be?

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Unread 12-05-2012, 06:10 AM   #2
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It could be your first gear that grinds. New tranny may be needed. But I'm no expert on cars
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Unread 12-05-2012, 07:14 AM   #3
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You typically have three kinds of differential noise:

With what you describe, the source may well be from somewhere else. Can the rear drive shaft on your XJ be removed and then driven without losing fluid from the transfer case? If so, remove the shaft and drive in 4wd (assuming you don’t have a 2wd XJ). This will help isolate the source of the noise.
Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.
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