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Loud intermittent vibration in 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser

The vibration starts after a period of warmup (usually a few miles) and the original noise started after driving for 1 1/2 hours, parked 2 hours, driving additional 1 1/2 hours. Sounds like "wharfwharfwharf" then gets progressively louder unless you let off the accelerator. The rpm's are between 2000-2500 and do not change when the noise occurs. Shop changed the bearings in the wheel thinking that was the problem because the were heavily worn. Noise started back just after I picked it up from shop. You can feel the vibration under your feet and it sounds as if its coming from the middle back of the engine near the gear box but the gear shift doesn't vibrate. Using OD does not change noise or frequency of occurance. Noise does change when brakes are applied either slowing the noise or stopping it all together. Tightened all belts and found a little play in right front wheel as compared to a tight (no play) left front wheel. This LC is an AWD with good tires and plenty of tread left. 181000 miles with all scheduled maintainence. Knuckles were replaced by dealership for the former owner. Small oil leak from bad seal. No other noticeable leakage from the engine. I am totally stumped by this one!!!

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  • Zedmason Jan 23, 2009

    I had an intermittent grinding noise that was extremely loud from the front axle on my 1996 LC that propagated vibrations and shaking throughout the car. The noise was indexed to road speed and it appeared to me that something was occasionally breaking loose under certain conditions. Drivabilty surprisingly remained good while the noise was going on.



    The dealership has just taken off the knuckle from my axle and the brass inner bushing on the driveshaft, which should be captive was loose. That would fit with my diagnosis. They are ordering the part and hopefully that will fix the problem. Cost $850 including bushing and seals.

  • aminet51 Feb 22, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with My Toyota 4Runner. I think it is getting progressively louder, but cant be sure. I thtought it might be wheel bearings, but now after reading the post above, doesn't sound like it is it. Anyone have any ideas with this one.

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whine from front end after 25 kmh no noise when backing off

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