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Old 06-08-2014, 07:34 AM   #1
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My squeak is normal...

according to the dealers guru of wrangler jeeps.

You can hear it after getting up around 30 miles per hour and it's hard to hear at first (comes and goes) but after a day of driving around it's a constant squeak. They have driven my jeep around 3 times with the 3rd time with me. I heard the squeak start and the guru was like I cannot hear it, just wind noise. Then finally he said heard it and it was normal. My jeep just needs to break in since it's brand new. Then started how 'educating' me on how new jeeps work and how they need to break in and some noises are just normal. FYI, jeep wrangler guru talked to me like I was some simple housewife. Believe me I am no simple housewife. My husband don't call me Mamabear for nothing. I admit I am not car smart but I don't want to be car smart. It's not my thing, that's my husbands interest.
Long story short, after that last drive they put $20 in my tank and said to come back if the squeak continues. I got frustrated about the whole process and spoke to the manager. I ended up getting a full tank of gas and the manager's apology (so tired of all these apologies). Got home finally did my survey and the dealer did not get their perfect 10.
I have been dealing with this shortly after my husband bought the jeep for me. I am preparing to travel and am a little disappointed that I have to travel with a pretty squeaky jeep. It is a trip that I have already delayed a week due to this normal issue.


Any ideas what could cause my brand new jeep that is now at 800 miles would make this squeaky noise? I will be offline for the next two weeks but look forward to any feedback.

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:00 AM   #2
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Do you have a manual or auto? Is the squeak when accelerating, mainly at low speeds? Is it coming from the front end of the vehicle?

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:11 AM   #3
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Is it tire speed (slow) or driveline/rpm speed (faster)
does it happen hitting bumps = suspension?
Braking = brakes ?

We need more info to be able to help.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:52 AM   #4
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i could just be the belt.

keep us updated.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:52 AM   #5
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Love all the details about the guru and dealer experience... sorry all that happened. When you get a chance, maybe describe something about the squeak and perhaps someone can help.

Btw.. where's Papabear? Did you tell him you have a squeaky Jeep?

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Old 06-08-2014, 12:07 PM   #6
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FWIW (and maybe not much)...none of our Jeeps "squeak"/ or "squeaked" when new and even when a few years old.....unless there is something wrong.

Only squeak I have ever had on any of the Jeeps was worn u-joints on the '04 TJ but it has almost 170K on it. and it never squeaked when new.

Our '12 JK never squeaked. Almost 30K

And the '14 JKU never squeaked and just hit 6K.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:54 PM   #7
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One nice thing about having worked around F-16's, A-10's and various other jet airplanes is that my high frequency hearing is shot! My wife and kids will ask me "Don't you hear that squeaking??". My answer (if I even hear them) is that I don't hear a thing except the constant ringing. I've had vehicles that squeak for various reasons, but it never bothers me in the least!!
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:57 PM   #8
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I have an automatic. I hear it when mostly when I am on the on/off ramps and on regular roads. Hard to hear while driving down the highways since I usually put my windows up. It's in the front of the jeep and I can hear it both on the driver and passenger side but it's mostly on the passenger side. Some places are more bumpy than others but I hear it mostly close to home where the roads are torn up by truckers that carry the big cargo containers from ships. I don't notice a change when I hit the breaks.
My husband has trouble shooted too and cannot figure it out and we both are in agreement that since he spent so much $$ it's the dealer's shop that should be working on it, not him. He is just going to have to take a day off of work which is hard to do at this time. His job won't be slowing down until the fall.
I have made my trip but since being here I haven't been able to tell if I can still hear it. The day after I was just plain tired to do anything since I straight through from point A to point B. Day three and four is nothing but rain. Hoping day five will be a nice day.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:21 PM   #9
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When I hear weird noises under vehicles I do several things under the vehicle and can usually find the culprit:

Grab the drive shaft and rotate back and forth, it'll probably move a bit.. do for both front and rear.

Using a rubber mallet, give heat shields a gentle whack.. same for skid plates, etc.. a loose bolt can make squeeking noises...

As your problem is in the front, I'd jack up the front and support the axle on jack stands, then grab the right front tire by the top or bottom and try to move it in/out. Also rotate wheel listening for any odd noises.

I'd also try (if possible) to jack up the frame, allowing the suspension to move.. listen for noises.

Good luck, determining causes of noise like this can be very difficult. The dealers shop should have detailed instructions for tracking down things like this, however many dealers would rather pass it off as normal. It's not, our 2014 is quiet.. quieter than my '07 Nissan Frontier.... When off roading if I don't disconnect i get some occasional squeaks from the body.. but never on road.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:36 PM   #10
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I have a 99 wrangler that I just bought. It started squealing about a week after I got it. It has a new clutch and we put 2 new pulleys and drive belt on. That helped for a few days but the squeal has started up and is bad again and constant. It's driving me crazy!!!
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:11 PM   #11
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Yeah "jinxed" myself...the TJ with 170K developed a squeak...but yeah it is normal...it goes away when I get off the trail and back on the road......"
Body Flex"
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:14 PM   #12
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There are a few potential culprits, but on MINE (2014 JKUR) it was the passenger seat track. I found where the 2 pieces were rubbing (paint was scuffed) at the back of the track, and put a dot of grease on there, and 4000 miles, still no noise! The other common potential sources are the transmission selector cable rubbing against the console, or rubbing against the transmission itself under the Jeep. Keep troubleshooting. Have someone ride with you to try to isolate it... but definitely check that seat track because it actually sounded like it was coming from further forward, like the passenger side A-Pillar area.

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