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Rumbling sound coming from the front passenger side.

I have a 1997 GMC Jimmy 4WD. The noise sounds like a bike wheel spinning with a poker card attached to the frame. I've replaced the hub bearing and the cv halfshaft on the passenger side and noise is still there. What else could it be?

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  • Lucky Nov 23, 2008

    I also had to replace the upper ball joint because it seperated from each other. That is why I think it has to be a mechanical malfunction.

  • Lucky Nov 23, 2008

    Halfshaft is brand new, Hub Bearing is brand new and strut is working properly. Also replaced upper and lower ball joints.

  • Lucky Nov 23, 2008

    The noise is constant and gets louder the faster I go. It only makes noise when in motion.

  • Lucky Nov 23, 2008

    I took another test spin and I found that the noise goes away when I turn on the 4 Wheel Drive. I'm not sure what this means.

  • Lucky Nov 23, 2008

    If the shock absorber is bad will that tweak the hub bearing? Does that explain why it only makes the sound in 2 wheel drive versus 4 wheel drive?

  • Lucky Nov 24, 2008

    muttandjeff said: COULD BE PINION BEARING ALSO CHECK FOR LOST MOTION WHERE DRIVE SHAFT ENTERS FRONT DIFF







    How do I check for lost motion?

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Hi sir,
It appears that the sound is coming from your 4WD system, youve mentioned that when you turn on the 4WD, the noise goes away, it could be that when you disengaged your 4WD, it did not completely disengage ( this maybe due to sticky or dirty automatic hubs) and part of your front axle spline is still half locked positioned. first remedy is to disengage the 4WD, and slowly back up the car for about 10(ten meters) listen to the sound of something disengaging, if nothing happens. you have to open your front hubs and have it checked, also dont forget to check your front propellers, its suppose to be free moving if your on 2WD.

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    albert felizardo Nov 24, 2008

    No sir, any bad shock absorbers have nothing to do with your 4WD system.

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COULD BE PINION BEARING ALSO CHECK FOR LOST MOTION WHERE DRIVE SHAFT ENTERS FRONT DIFF

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    Allen Neal Nov 24, 2008

    wiggle front shaft where enters front differential ,to get a good check put on parking brake and place wheel blocks under tires so car cannot roll place in neutral this takes load off drive line this will take any load off and will allow lost motion to show .also look for any sign of oil leaking around seal where it enters this could be a sign of lost motion beating out seal good luck

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Couple things here. 1.) Make sure the noise your hearing is not in the brakes anywhere. (if it is you can buy some stop squeal from your local auto parts store 2.) This sounds alot like the hub bearing. If it is tweaked a little you will get this noise. 3.) Also check to be sure your CV lock isnt getting hung up between 2wd and 4wd these have tendancies to stick. Also some things you can try as well is putting the vehicle up on 4 jack stands or a lift and have someone "drive" the vehicle so you can see exactly where the noise is coming from. Hope this gives you some direction and thanks for Using FixYa!

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It sounds like u still might have a bad cv joint or locking hub

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

  • Joshua Davis Nov 23, 2008

    check to see if ne grease is leaking from the hub bearing an joints sounds like it might be wanting to stick between 2wd an 4wd

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Hi!!!

check the wheel bearing maybe damaged
or the gear!!!

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You might check to see if the wheel-well splash guard is perhaps rubbing on the tire. If you are using anything larger than what the factory recommends for your suspension package, then this is a strong possibility. Hope this helps shed some light on the subject. Have a great day!

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1 Inspect CV Halfshaft Dry,Worn or damaged cv half-shaft Rumbling sound coming from the front passenger sid - grey_line.gif 2 Inspect Wheel Bearing - Front Worn or improperly lubricated wheel bearing. grey_line.gif 8 Inspect Strut Mount-Suspension Worn or broken strut mounts here is list to hopefully help u out


Here To Help Shaun

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Have you checked to make sure that there isnt something rubbing .. especially check with the vehicle NOT elevated/on jacks

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