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Old 11-30-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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drivetrain squeak

1998 C4, started last night there is a squeaking sound under the car, only happens when moving and gets more frequent the faster the car goes.

Ideas?
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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thats funny, i was just there. check drive shaft u joints. mine was the cv joint in the front d shaft, rebuilt the whole thing.

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Sounds right, noise was toward the front. How urgent is it that I get to this?
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well, mine started out a little noticeable, a couple days went by and i put it on the lift, and didn't see or feel anything wrong, i checked the d shafts, and they appeared and felt fine. a week or so goes by and it got louder, so i put it up and didn't see or feel anything again, so i unbolted the front d shaft and i could make it squeak and it did bind slightly.

you can remove the front shaft completely and drive it. you can do that to make sure thats your noise, if the noise stops when the shaft is out you konw for sure. don't drive without the rear d shaft though, they're different. unless you have sye and cv d shaft.

don't use 4 wd till its fixed. other than that its not imperative, it is not under any power. but i would fix it as soon as you can do it.

worst case is in 4 wd it binds up and throws a u joint, and d shaft spins around wherever it wants, saw one guy have is front d shaft whack a hole in his trans.
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I had the same problem the center ball assembly in the double cardon joint dried up on mine. I drove it for about 1500 miles before removing the shaft and then another six months in just two wheel drive. I ended up just replacing the shaft.
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