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My 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee is making a grinding and thumping noise in the rear. I can't distinguish if its coming from underneath or in the rear wheels. The thumping and grinding only happen when I coast, if I have the accelerator pressed, the noises are not as loud. Im going to replace my rear brakes and rotors tomorrow, should I look for anything while I have it exposed?

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Check the rear universal joint on the drive shaft for wear or evidence of rust. Take hold of the driveshaft and check for excessive play. Check for excessive play in the rear axles and look for leaks from the seals while you have the rear tire off. Hopefully the noise is not related to an internal issue with the rear differential.

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My 1996 jeep Cherokee country edition is making a thumping noise (WHEN) I can feel it in my feet I have no clue where it's coming from. I looked underneath and didn't see any leaks or disconnections.


find a real person to fix or find noise.
called a service shop
why ask blind and deaf net bunnies this, silly no?

sorry i can can't heare that.... i go.

noises can be a sign of impending disaster.
on all machines,.

so stop fiddling about and get help.

thumping when, parked or moving , or turning
or up hill only,or? when. braking only
accelerating only or only decelerating or both>
or cruising only. '
your post offers zero clues as to what car and you were doing , when THUMPING!

best is to get live help...
get car serviced,

if noise happens parked say so.?
or even parked and racing engine?>
or parked racing engine in DRIVE? brakes set hard?
if only driving , the noise can be very hard and very very dangerous to discover. (lacking my electronic stethoscope (remote monitored) last.

but we first inspect the car,
if noise if up front and not from engine
we check the whole front end. for loose parts
all parts (by using levers and looking for excess play) and wheel bearings, tie rods, etc, all that.
im not teaching that here,. ever.


ok in the goofy spirit of fixya., ill guess.
"loose engine mount". there, you are, a wild 99% useless guess.
is that what you wanted, you never said.,

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1996 jeep grand cherokee, quadra trac,, rear end making alot of noise simular to a bad tore bearing, could the rear end need replaced? thanx hohn the rear end makes a grinding sound as you drive down the...


Since you aready paid $400, go back to ;the shop and get your $'S worth!! Unless someone can prove that the axle bgs were bad, you shoulld ask why pinion & side gears were not diagonsed!!! (dosen't anyone test drive stuff after they "fix" something anymore??? Dosen't anyone give a damn???
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