I'm finally a college graduate!
Now I just need a job.
Anyways, I finally made it home after a long day of driving in the Jeep. The noise I'm having still persists. I came up with some more detailed symptoms while I was driving it all day today.
With front driveshaft in:
- Speeds of 60+mph had a slight but constant vibration
- Vibration felt like it was under my feet
- Viration only happened while I had my foot on the gas
With front driveshaft out:
- Noise still persists; however, noise becomes lower (volume wise) when driveshaft is off
- No more vibration
- Noise is most noticable from about 35-55mph and is quite loud
- Noise is still heard under load
- Noise resembles more of a whirring/growling noise than anything
- When coming to a stop (10-0mph), I can feel something at the bottom of my feet, kind of like something grinding it feels and sounds like
- Noise seems to stop once I get to 60+mph
I also found it interesting that when I was pulling the front shaft off today that a little drip of gear lube came out the driver side tube. It was very dark. The lube was basically black. Which obviously means something in there is getting to hot and burning the lube. The only thing I really don't understand is its still making noise under load without the driveshaft (or with it installed for that matter since I stay in 2WD 99% of the time). I almost want to put the front shaft in and take the rear shaft out and drive around like that and see what happens. But the black gear lube makes me think it's the front axle.
If the general consensus is that its probably the axles, I'll just go ahead and start looking for beefier ones right now. I got another car I can drive and some grad/birthday/christmas (and hopefully full time job) money I can use for axles and whatnot. Because at this point, it's starting to concern me...