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Progression of the dreaded drive unit failure?

Nov 8, 2017
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On my 2013 P85 (53,000 miles) I noticed a week or so ago that at speeds above 70-75MPH I had a bad vibration. I figured it was a misbalanced tire and was going to check into it eventually (I don't drive highway much so it wasn't a big deal).
Then recently I am hearing a rubbing, creaking sound at low speed coming from the rear. I can get it to change pitch with the accelerator so I am suspecting its in the drive unit. I realize this is rather common but I am wondering what the progression of this failure is?

Basically if I didn't have the window down in the parking lot today I probably wouldn't even notice it. Now that I am aware of it I obviously need to get it fixed, but how soon? Can I drive a few hundred miles before catastrophic failure? Or stop driving immediately and have it towed to get it fixed? I'd like to drive to work tomorrow but not sure if I should.

With the windows up and radio off I can just barely make out that there is a weird noise. I typically have radio on and widows up so I am thinking I have been rolling around ignorant for a while lol.
 

Tam

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...Can I drive a few hundred miles before catastrophic failure? Or stop driving immediately and have it towed to get it fixed? I'd like to drive to work tomorrow but not sure if I should...

It sounds quite serious so I wouldn't count on a few hundred miles more. I think it's reasonable to go to work tomorrow, but otherwise, I would have it fixed soon before it will need a tow.
 
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