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Unread 06-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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HELP! transfer case(?) noise!

Guys I REALLY REALLY REALLY need some help here!

So after a good mudbath I noticed a really odd metal on metal noise. Its kind of a grinding/squeek. Its deffinatly a rotational noise, by that i mean it is a rythmic, repetitive noise happening every time something rotates, in the same way a wheel bearing has that "whuhh-whuhh-whuhh-whuhh" albeit a TOTALLY different sound.

Ive heard a differential blow out and my noise has a hint of commanality, like ya know that grinding noise that comes from all the broken bits in the diff rattling arround? yea, its like a little tiny version of that (like there is only one piece rattling arround) with a squeek added in for an extra scarry problem.

I DONT think its a wheelbearing because with the front end in the air i can spin the tires and cant duplicate any hint of the mystery noise.

then in desperation i yanked off the skid plates for a better look arround...
heres what i found where the front driveshaft comes out of the transfer case...
i sprayed INOX into the ripped seal and the noise has all but gone away...
I'm GUESSING that the seal was bad, then i drove it through the mud, muck, and water, and totally screwed my transfer case. Im HOPING i can drain the t-case fluid, replace that seal, then fill the t-case and problem solved...

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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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You are only going to have to spend $65. That is the cv joint. Look up then search for it in there sorry I don't have the link I'm on my phone. It's easy to change, I'm ordering one tomorrow morning.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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Yep, the boot on the CV joint is bad (common issue) and so time to replace the CV joint.

As tphitterlude92 said, it's a $65 part. Easy repair to do yourself if you're a moderate garage mechanic. There's a great how-to with pics over at

Here's a link to the part:

Jeep Liberty CV joint -Transfer Case end

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Unread 06-16-2012, 09:47 AM   #4
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I love you guys right now! Lol. I was fearing a new t-case or driveshaft. $65 I can so live with. Plus it gives me an excuse to crawl under the jeeper and get dirty!
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Unread 06-18-2012, 06:13 AM   #5
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Yes once that boot goes then dirt etc gets in there and it basically destroys the bearings which rotate all of the time so yes it would be a rotational noise
Replacing the 2nd one in mine this week, but with 172,000 I guess I can't complain
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