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Old 03-19-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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And she's broken?

OK, so I've got two other problems...

1: my wife was following me down the road, and noticed that at about 50-60 mph, the rear passenger wheel was moving side to side. No wobbling, just lateral movement that she could see. What could this be? I felt the Jeep wiggling a bit too.

2: I felt some vibrations in the shift knob when turning and accelerating, and when going straight (with fewer instances when I was going straight). The 4WD is out right now, as I've been putting alot of effort into getting her set up to run right again, and get her registered. And I haven't attempted to put it in 4WD but one time, and drove it straight to keep from screwing up the transfer case forward. I'll be checking the fluids tomorrow, but i would like to hear any ideas you guys have as to what other problems it could be, and what could be causing it.

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Old 03-19-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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And would putting the transfer case in neutral be a good test if it feels like it's grinding?

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Old 03-19-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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Hmm maybe rear bearings.
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Hmm maybe rear bearings.
On the wheel, I assume?
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:16 AM   #5
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If you pull the axle out there is a bearing in each end of the axle tube.


Bearing is #36 on the above picture. #8 is the seal. I'm not 100% sure that will allow your axle to shift. If your bearing did go out there is ussually some metal dust on the wheel.

Easiest thing to do is put the rear end on jack stands so you can free spin the axle. Then you should beable to jerk on the wheels and try to slide them yourself.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:41 AM   #6
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wheel moving side to side

The lateral movement in the wheel sounds like a bent rim. You can check by putting the rear up on blocks and putting it in low. Check the rim for runout and see if it has lateral movement. If so, then you need a new rim or get that one straightened if possible.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:18 AM   #7
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Sounds like fun.... Kinda. Thanks, guys!
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:33 PM   #8
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So.... I talked to my wife again, and she said driver's side this time. So... I put the rear end up on jackstands and gave the wheel a couple of good yanks. I got about 1/4" movement and a clank on the driver's side. I checked the lugs on that side, and they were all loose. Tightened 'em up and they're doing well. Everything's tight as can be, and no stripping was immediately evident. So, she gets her maiden voyage taking me to work tomorrow.

As for the grinding, I'll have to watch the 4WD shifter, because it was in 4hi... Either due to inattentiveness on my part, or it's popping in. Which would be very strange. I've never heard of anything but it popping out. I'll be checking forum(s) for possibilities.

I wanted to thank you guys for helping me out here. It's nice to see a group of people actually interested in helping each other out. I haven't seen anything like it since I got promoted to Civilian. So.... Thanks!

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