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Old 04-01-2003, 02:09 PM
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Question Rear Wheel / Driveline Rumble

Greetings Forumites! I have a question:
During Marlene's recent excursion back and forth across Texas and Oklahoma, she has developed a low frequency rumble and vibration.

It feels/sounds like it is coming from the left rear wheel and is particularly noticeable under hard acceleration and at speed (60-80 mph) if the suspension is compressed significantly as it would be in travel over normal road undulations.

My first thought is a driveline disk failing and, I've already got these parts in inventory for replacement sometime this week. While I have her on the stands, how can I check the axleshafts and wheel bearings?

Regards all,

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Old 04-01-2003, 06:51 PM
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Axle shafts; since they are basically C.V. joints, if you notice a growling and grinding when turning/cornering it is probably an axle shaft. To check the rear wheel bearings; lift the suspect wheel off the ground, at the 3&9 and again at the 6 &12 oclock positions rock ( push and pull). If there is any play, and nothing else moves it's the wheel bearing. If the rubber axle shaft boots are not split, then the axles are 98% sure to be ok.

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Old 04-13-2003, 08:17 PM
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R Leo did you fix this problem?

my car seems to have the same symptoms along with a very annoying noise.

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Old 02-05-2004, 09:35 AM
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Turns out this was a bad universal joint in the driveshaft. Replacement took care of the problem.
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