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Problem near the wheels on a Jeep Cherokee

There isn't a problem in reverse. But when I put it into drive and start moving, then it sounds like a flapping sound near the front wheels. Took it to a mechanic awhile ago, but I would like to fix myself. He said if I don't get it fixed, it will crack and then water can get inside and rust. I don't know what it's called that needs to be replaced. Help?

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  • mountains112 Feb 11, 2009

    It's a Jeep Grand Cherokee '96. When you mentioned the cv boot, that was it. I got a quote to have it done for $300. Good deal?

  • ccn7 May 11, 2010

    Is it called inner fender well?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    me either.

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If you Jeep is equipped with CV axles ( I can't tell b/c I don't see a year model or if it's a standard Cherokee or a Grand Cherokee, or even if it's 4x4), then he may have been referring to your CV axle boots. They are rubber boots that keep grease inside so as to lube the CV joint. It also keep the road grime and gunk out.

If the rubber boot cracks, then yes, stuff will get in there and it'll make it worse.

It's possible he could have been talking about the inside wheel well lining also. It's a little hard to tell according to the description. But if it's fallen it's possible it may not make noise in reverse, but only in drive. And yes, when it breaks it'll allow road stuff to get up in the front fender and make it rust out.

Both of these projects are pretty advanced, especially the CV boot.

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  • transit360 Feb 11, 2009

    Is the quote for one side or both? Is it for replacing the whole CV axle or just the boot?

    If you need the brakes done, maybe get a quote on it as well since he may have to take those off depending on which style axle you have.

    I'm guessing you must have a Quadra-Trac Jeep? I remember some boots being on my previous Jeep and it was Quadra Trac. On my other Jeep, it has Selec-trac and instead of boots and CV's it just has a u-joints.

    So I'm not sure about the pricing, but just make sure you know exactly what you're having done for that price.


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