Drone Noise At Steady State Engine RPM – 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee

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NUMBER: 03-002-15
GROUP: Differential & Driveline
DATE: June 06, 2015



Drone Noise At Steady State Engine RPM



This bulletin involves replacing the rear axle right and left half shafts.



2014 – 2015 (KL) Jeep Cherokee


NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built on or before August 30, 2014 (MDH 0830XX) equipped with Jeep Active Drive I (sales code DK2).



The customer may describe a drone noise at steady state engine rpm. The drone noise may sound similar to a louder than normal engine/exhaust noise. Noise may be heard in any transmission gear and at any vehicle speed around the specified engine rpm, however the noise is most noticeable in higher gears at a steady cruising speed. The rear drive module must be engaged in order for the rear axle shafts to produce the noise.

  • 4L engines; noise typically occurs around 2200 engine rpm.
  • 2L engines; noise typically occurs around 1400 engine rpm.



If the customer describes the symptom/condition listed above, perform the Repair Procedure.



Qty. Part No. Description
1 68257064AA SHAFT, Axle Half, Left
1 68257065AA SHAFT, Axle Half, Right



  1. Test drive the vehicle with the rear drive module engaged and at the specified engine rpm listed in the Symptom/Condition statement. Does the noise match the symptom described in the Symptom/Condition statement?
    • YES>>> The noise matches the Symptom/Condition statement. Continue to Step #2.
    • NO>>> The noise does not match the Symptom/Condition statement. This bulletin does not apply. Normal diagnostics should be performed.
  1. Replace the right and left rear half shafts. Refer to the detailed service procedures available in DealerCONNECT> TechCONNECT under: Service Info> 03 – Differential and Driveline> Half Shaft, Rear> Removal/Installation.



Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.



Labor Operation No: Description Skill Category Amount
03-20-03-90 Test Drive Only (2 – Skilled) 6 – Electrical and Body Systems 0.2 Hrs.
03-20-03-91 Replace the Left and Right rear half shafts (Includes Test Drive) (2 – Skilled) 6 – Electrical and Body Systems 2.6 Hrs.



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