2011 Nissan Rogue
After experiencing a grinding and binding condition when backing up with the steering wheel full right or left, I took it to my friend, a mechanic for a look-see.
It was determined they the universal Joint at the rear axle was binding and needs replacement. At the U joint is integral to the driveshaft I must replace the whole unit an a cost of several hundred dollars. Do I want to spend this kind of money on an old car?
While I’m mulling this over, I’m running a two wheel front drive configuration. Amazingly, the car runs smoother and the instrument panel tells me I have an decrease of 5 mpg in my fuel consumption. I attribute this to the saving in energy by not having to transfer energy to the rear wheels. Am I correct? Can I continue in a two wheel drive mode without damage?
I would appreciate any comments as I’m willing to listen to both/any sides or comments