ashley ... 1/23/2013
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 6 Cyl 4.0L
Steering & Suspension
What is that rattling noise, and why is it smoking?
I just bought a 94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 6 cylinder with (gulp) 308,000 miles on it at an auction ( I know, I know...). Anyway, as I was driving it home I noticed a rattling sound from the back, it sounds likes something banging in trash can, or like train going by), and then it started smoking (nasty, stinky car smoke) from the back end. When I pulled over, my mom's boyfriend went underneath and returned with a burned hand from the rear axle. He says it needs to be replaced (oh my god!), and I am looking for advice. Does what I described sound the rear axle needing replaced, if not what does it sound like? Also what is this gonna cost me (run screaming to the hills now)? I've done some research and there are several possibilities: Rear Differential, rear wheel bearing, rear axle, rear axle bearing.... Any ideas out there? THANK YOU!
Sarah Spark 1/30/2013
I think your exhaust system could have gone loose. Probably the clamps holding it together have become loose or if it is welded they have worn off. Why don't you have them checked? You can tighten the exhaust pipes or if they have been through many miles replace it with a new exhaust system. You can see these kits as http://4wheelonline.com/jeep/Jeep_Exhaust.48283