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2004 buick rainier cxl. when you are coming to a complete stop it makes a thud sound and then start to drive again it makes a thud sound at the rear of the vehicle. As you countinue to drive it will from time to time have a feeling like it is stuttering until you get passed 35 to 40 mph. what gives?

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  • brhoff78 Nov 12, 2010

    2004 buick rainier cxl. when coming to a stop i hear a thud sound come from the rear of the vehicle. As i begin to move again it will thud again and have a on again off again stuttering feeling and sound until i get up to about 40 mph. after that it seems to be fine.

  • brhoff78 Nov 12, 2010

    i have checked the drive shaft and universal jiont. they seem to be in good shape and no play in them

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Hi!!
This seems to be a common problem on GM SUV's you usually get the *thump* somewhere between the time of releasing the brake pedal and hitting the gas pedal, so you could essentially be not in motion yet. That's how the 'slip-yolk thump' worked anyway.
The shaft is solid, but there is a traditional slip spline section where it connects to the transfer case. The transfer case rear output has a longish "snout" to accommodate the slip spline (move axially). Most of the time, applying grease to the slip spline makes the problem go away.
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The Rainier is a RWD vehicle.

This indicates a worn driveshaft/universal.

Time for a trip to the dealer :/

Thanks!

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