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Troubleshoot cause of noise

When decelerating or in neutral i get a sound of grinding/friction followed by vibration. think this may be my cv joint?

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Its not a CV joint if your getting the noise in neutral.It would have to have something to do with the motor if your hearing it both in neutral & decelerating.Do you by some chance have an oil leak? Possiblly onto a clutch or timing belt?

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