Problem Description and Possible Solution
Excessive gear noise can indicate differential bearing failures.
Average mileage: 148,572 (83,000–247,000)
Drive Train affected: Automatic Transmission
38 people reported this problem
Growling noise from the rear when turning slowly to right or left. Sometimes it feels like one of the rear wheels are locked and slips during a sharp slow turn.
Also, when turn the steering wheel during sharp slow turns the wheel makes a load groan sound.
Only when I have the front drive shaft hooked up does it make a almost grinding sort of noise coming from the front differential. Seems to be a common problem. I replaced front left hub assembly. Problem did not go away. Mechanic verified it was the differential. I did not fix. I sold it for the same price I paid for it 2 years earlier. Haha.
a steady roar until recently. While making a left turn, noise increased sharply. Jacked the car up to get the tires off the ground. spinning the tires slowly, I noticed the tire became very stiff.
Noise from back end of jeep when turning steering wheel to right or left, especially in tight turns. In addition to noise, Jeep also bumps and jerks when turning. Mechanic says it's the rear differential support that is rotted and the ball joint in the middle has play. Recommended replacement of the support, bushings and ball joint that holds up the boomerang shaped differential.