no vibration or shimmy. "swaying" the car on the interstate in order
to shift the load left and right also does not make a difference.
now, i just bought the jeep and the first thing i did was put new tires
on it. i put them on so fast that i have no idea if this sound was
there with the old tires or not. at first i thought i had noisy tires,
but the tire shop says the noise is in the drivetrain. they have not
attempted to go any further with it. it sounds just like noisy tires,
but i see someone suggested a u-joint, so this would follow along with
drivetrain i guess.
any other thoughts, or should i pursue the u-joint thing?
Of course the tire shop says it is the drive train. That gets them off the
hook! The universal joints are real easy to check though. It's probably
the back one.
A "rumble" is a u-joint. A "howl" is a rear axle going bad. What kind of
tires did you put on it?
I am not familiar with this tire, but the name doesn't look like "Wolverine
Claw" or something that you would expect to make a lot of road noise. If I
am wrong, and the tires have great big lugs for gripping in the mud, that
could be the problem. Otherwise, the u-joints are really easy to check with
a few simple tools. If you need to replace one, I recommend taking the
whole drive shaft to a machine shop. Let them worry about it if one of the
cups is seized in a yoke.
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