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2006 Jeep Commander 2 wheel drive. I'm getting whirling noise when accelerating at low speeds. It sounds very similar to a manual car going in reverse. You know, when they sound like a little remote control car? Anyway, I'm getting that noise going forward. It tends to go away at about 30 mph. Not sure if the road noise just drowns it out, or if it actually stops. I've read on here it could be a wheel bearing problem. Does this sound right? What else should I check?
 

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I had a Grand Cherokee 2 wheel drive back in the 90's. Found out the Differental in it had an aluminm pumpkin - center section -. I jacked up the back end using the pumpkin - bad move - beeing aluminum it bent and now the gears were constantly spinning, whirring noise. Got a rebuilt differential for $1200:( Try a maginet on the pumpkin case and see if it sticks, if it dosen't it's aluminum. Watch the tire shops as they use the jack under the pumpkin a lot. Even now I never jack up using the pumpkin or let shops do it, it was not designed as a jack point - the weight of the car is on the springs and wheels on the ends of the axle assembly.
 

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For anyone who comes here with the same problem. I just heard from the Jeep dealership that it was a power steering leak. Had to get a new rack and pinion.
 
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