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Griding from the rear of my 1997 jeep grand cherokee

When i start driving i hear a LOUD griding coming from the back of my jeep. some people say its my rear differential...if so how am i looking at to get this fixed...another person said it could be my barring on the wheels...but i had a friend drive next to me and look and he said its coming from the BIG ball looking thing that is in the back--middle of the jeep...is that the rear differential?

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  • SuperDaveQD Jan 27, 2009

    I have a 97 jeep Grand Cherk. Laredo 6cyl. auto tranny and I was driving and had heard the dragging sound for 70 miles approx. and then speedometer stopped working for about 30 then the car died and would not go engine on and no go. Had towed to my house and then started to diagnose the issue today and found the car to start just fine and was able to go forward and backwards just fine.
    My issue is I don't want to start driving and happen again on me. I have read the postings on this thread and my issues seem simular. Does anyone have help for this combination of issues all in one night's driving.

  • SuperDaveQD May 11, 2010

    Had a mechanic look @ it and told me it was defiantly the transmission. Told me I was looking at 500-700 for part and 300 $'s labor; This seems like a fair price for a used transmission but 300 hundo on labor :( I know people have to eat but is this also fair? as well as the thought of possible having to fix rear diff. as well.
    Now I am assuming since there was not really a response to the speedometer query that it is in fact directly related to the 2 (well decided issues of tranny and rear diff) -thanks guy " I rated you well for the help" but just confirm this is not a separate issue as well.
    To the end of my thoughts of my jeep nightmare. I have a general poll to ask the people on this forum.

    Paid $ 1,200 for the jeep have put 500 in AC.Starter, Tires , plugs yada yada.

    Looking @ least 800 to get her going again and I can find other jeeps the same for $3000 or less. What would you do in this scenario?
    Send it top the graveyard get 200 -300 for it

    Have a mechanic to put a used tranny in it and sell if another problem starts to present it self.

    Have no space to part out the car.

    Just need an opinion to help me sort out my ideas

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This sounds like a lack of oil in the differential, or a failed bearing. If you do not have the tools go to a mechanic, or use the haynes manual for your car.

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That is the rear differential. try jacking up each side while leaving the other on the ground and and see how much play there is when you try to spin the wheel forwards and back there should not be more than 1/16 of a turn in the rotation before the wheel stops. also try moving the wheel up and down to see if there is any play in the outer wheel bearing. lastly get a drain pan and pull the bottom drain plug or the differential cover if no plug is there and check the oil for metal. if it has chunks of metal in it call around to the salvage yards to get a replacement. 2 guys a few hours and you can change the differential out. Mike

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If you can drive normally without losing power, it does sound like the rear differential. If you push the gas down and it seems like you don't move as much as you should, it could be the transmission. From your friends description it sounds like the rear diff though.

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