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Loud noise when put into drive

Loud noise from rear end when put into drive

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Possibly your rear U-joint is worn out. It is a flexable coupling connecting the propshaft(from the gearbox) to the differential. Easiest way to check is to engage the parking brake and chock the wheels. Put the vehicle in neutral.(Engine off!) Now get under the car (sonsidering its ground clearanc that shouldnt be a problem) and looking at the joint where the propshaft connects to the diff, try turning the propshaft in both directions. There should be absolutely no play on the joint. Considering the difficulty and tools needed in replacing the joint it is best left to a service centre since it entails removing the propshaft and using a press to drive the U-joint out.
Another possibility is a worn differential. As this is usually accompanied by noise when driving of which you mention nothing, I suspect the first is your best solution.

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If it is one big clunk then it might just be the universal joint that connects the drive shaft to the rear end. It is very dangerous to drive a vehicle with bad U-joints. If they break the whole drive shaft falls out. If the front u joint breaks it can act like a pole vault for your vehicle.

Posted on May 29, 2010

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SOURCE: Front end and rear end differential

The 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee was prone to bad diff bearings because they changed the plant where they were made. The new plant used inferior materials. The only way to fix it is to replace and set the diff clearences.

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