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Old 03-08-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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Annoying chirp/squeak after levelling kit

This is starting to drive me crazy. I developed a chirping/squaking sound after coming out of gear (taking off after shifting) usually 1st-3rd gear. Seems to be coming from the front, middle to right side. I get it over speed bumps too. I have a 2012 Sahara 2 door. It started after I put on the TF spacer leveling kit. Here's the history:

Installed levelling kit and wheel spacers (without loosening CA bolts) - chirp started
loosened and retorqued all front CA bolts - chirp continued
Got stuck in sand, power washed underneath - chirp WENT AWAY for a month, hooray! but came back - boooo!
Lubricated all bushings/sway bar links with silocone spray - chirp continued
replaced springs to 18/59s, removed one 1" front spacer - chirp continued
Re-lubricated everything up front - chirp continues

I'm getting to a point where I hear it in my sleep. I can't reproduce it by bouncing the Jeep or rocking it. I'm at my wit's end and don't want to take it to the dealership, I've only had it a few months. Bought used.

Any suggestions are welcome. I've considered removing the spacers all together to see if that does it since I have a little height with the 18/59s.

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Old 03-08-2014, 08:16 AM   #2
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Man that can be anything. Do you or a friend have a gopro ?

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Old 03-08-2014, 08:16 AM   #3
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Check your brake calipers for any thing stuck in them, It's going to end up being one of those things you find while working on some thing else.
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Higher pitched sounds often come from rubbing or dry (unlubricated) parts. It could be an slight interference problem. Check parts around the suspension and steering for signs of wear or rubbing.
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Ive encounted the same chirp after installing a 2 in lift kit, process of elimination and lubrication - still looking.....
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:48 PM   #6
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Started right after install of spacers, so it's got to be related somehow to the axle being moved around or the pucks themselves. Loosened and retourqed the wheel spacers today, they were WAY overtorqued from me just blasting them on there with my impact wrench.

I'll update when I take her out again.
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This could be your clutch/throw out bearing/etc. I have it too Going in to have it looked at this week. Will report back when I get it diagnosed. Check if yours does it when you engage and disengage the clutch when the vehicle is off and parked. If your is like mine you'll hear it loud and clear that way too!!!
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:31 AM   #9
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This could be your clutch/throw out bearing/etc. I have it too Going in to have it looked at this week. Will report back when I get it diagnosed. Check if yours does it when you engage and disengage the clutch when the vehicle is off and parked. If your is like mine you'll hear it loud and clear that way too!!!
Thought it was clutch related too at first. doesn't happen in upper gears (smoother coming out of 4th & 5th?). And doesn't happen sitting in neutral pushing clutch, only when releasing clutch (under load) and sometimes over bumps
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Not to make light of the noise but my jeep makes a lot of them too. I m used to it now and would miss them if they weren't there.
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Thought it was clutch related too at first. doesn't happen in upper gears (smoother coming out of 4th & 5th?). And doesn't happen sitting in neutral pushing clutch, only when releasing clutch (under load) and sometimes over bumps
This is exactly where mine does it too. Maybe mine is more worn, or has progressed further than yours:

2012 JKUR manual 3.5 lift, 35 tires-

Throwout bearing replaced & ~ 15,000 was quiet at first

Now at 52,000 and it's very apparent. Don't really mind much except when door are off and top is off it sounds chintzy
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If I get it to jump forward by punching the gas in a low gear, it squeaks. Without engaging the clutch, so I'm leaning towards a suspension or driveline issue.

I'll keep the clutch in mind though
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If its a suspension problem you might be able to track it down by getting underneath while someone else makes the suspension bounce one side at a time.
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If its a suspension problem you might be able to track it down by getting underneath while someone else makes the suspension bounce one side at a time.
I can't reproduce it no matter how hard I bounce that thing. I've tried from all 4 corners and side steps, we REALLY had it rocking too...not a peep. In gear, in neutral, e brake on / e brake off...nothing.

I've been searching high and low for a resolution to this. I've heard u joints, u bolts, clutch, flywheel, heat shields rubbing, CA bushings, sway bar bushings. I'm going to spend another day under there loosening, greasing and re tightening CA bushings, sway bar bushings and just checking bolts. If I get no relief from that, I'll remove the spacers. If it still squeaks, it's back to the dealer for me. I can't listen to this squeak every time I shift once the top and doors come off for the summer. I'm at my wit's end.


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