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Old 05-23-2007, 09:48 AM   #1
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creaking around right rear tire

Like the title says when starting to roll or when slowing down the driver side rear end around the axle end makes a creaking sound.
took everything apart down to the brakes and everything is tight and with the tire on tried to move it up and down and side to side but again everything is tight with no movement or wabble of anykind. anything i might have missed? I thought it might be the wheel spacers but they are also tight. Oh! and on rare occasion you can rock the jeep and it will make same noise but alot quieter but still noticable. TIA for any responce

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Old 05-23-2007, 09:58 AM   #2
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its most likely the u-joint because when u start to roll there is play in the u joint and its bearing caps and when they meet they click. This doesnt happen when ur already moving cuase the play is gone. and for the rocking the jeep side to side and hereing a similar sound,
check the sway bar and the sway bar connects, they tend to make a clicking sound when loose or bad bushing. Do u have disconnects, i just removed my friends disconnect cause they would buckle and click on every turn. like they pop in and out of themselves.

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my stock rubi does that in the right rear too. started after first wheeling trip.

drives me nuts
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:49 PM   #4
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What about your shocks? Loose, worn out?
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:34 PM   #5
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Same here....06 tj creaks....I'm chaulking it up to shocks and or bushings.


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Old 05-23-2007, 08:00 PM   #6
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What about your shocks? Loose, worn out?
24,000 miles, shouldnt be bad yet right? I think they are every 50k according to mopar, 30k according to anyone else? Mine started the middle of my first wheeling trip. I couldnt tell you what I was doing that started it, just that the first time it got dirty it started. After it started, it squeaked in the right rear a lot, and you could bounce the jeep side to side with the step sides and hear it when it flexed. Now its only when its off road that I hear it.

The first few times wheeling, I heard the suspension and other things popping and crackling and creaking and it scared the bajebbaus outa me. A technician at Mopar told me (off the record) that it was just the Jeep popping its joints, stretching, and learning to use all its muscles for the first time since it was an offroad virgin prior to my ownership. I always thought one of those pop/squeaks was what started the noise, but now that I think about it, the first time I went wheeling nothing made noise or nothing bad happened (cept getting a little stuck in the mud ). No major noises or major wheeling stuff untill the 3rd/4th time out when I was more comfortable going from a sport to a rubicon.
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could have overextended the shock and damaged it inside. THe milage on shocks differ from type and driving conditions. If you wheel it occationally they should last you a decent ammount, but if you beat them pretty hard they can wear out pretty fast. But if everything runs as normal and your not hearing any NEW sounds, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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My guess would be a dirty bushing. Dry rubber and poly bushings have a tendency to squeak when they are dirty, which would explain why it started after your first wheeling trip. Not sure if the stock bushings are even removable to be cleaned though. You may just have to live with it until you upgrade to aftermarket bushings that are greasable.
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You know what Jeeperman, me and you are one of the same I rotated my stupid MTRs last night, and greased the front end since the dealer was too stupid to find a rear main leak and grease my front end with thier 35 dollar oil change, and I figured thats probably what it was.

I just got a can of white lithium spray grease, and sprayed down the bushings on the sway bars, UCA, LCA etc. front and rear. I havent heard the sound so far, but like I said its usually only when I wheel now.

I hope im not hijacking this thread, I just thought I have the same issue and it drives me nuts
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You might want to check to see if your body mounts are nice and tight. Also, get a can of silicone and spray every bushing you can find....retest....see if it goes away.

Let us know how you make out so we can save the information for future readers.
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rodger. Ill let ya know after my lunch break. Ill lube them 1 at a time and see what stops it..

I wish someone already dealt w/ this though.
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............. that it was just the Jeep popping its joints, stretching, and learning to use all its muscles ..........
I like this ^^^^^ I'll tell the newbies next trail ride!!!
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I like this ^^^^^ I'll tell the newbies next trail ride!!!
You like that?

Problem solved. How I don't know . I greased my fittings, and lubbed all rubber suspension bushings yesterday. Just went out to find the squeak and I cant reproduce it.

Fix for right rear squeak? Buy $10 grease gun, $2 14oz tube of zerk fitting grease, and a $2 can of white lithium grease.

Clean under carriage from mud(wheels/breaks off)..

Lube the zerk fittings.

Squirt all suspension bushings with lithium grease front and rear. I did:

Front: Sway bar links, UCA, LCA, Shock mounts, all steering links

Rear: Lower sway bar bushing (didnt see top), UCA, LCA, shock mounts
Be careful with the LCAs, theres a plastic cover over the bushings. Find a comfy angle and get em real good.

No more squeak. If the Jeeps already clean, and breaks are already cleaned out, this whole process takes less than 30 mins.

I believe there was 8 zerk fittings?
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If you have steel wheels, they will creak like that if there's a crack in one of the welds.
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Sound like you're ready to get it muddy again!
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After the dealer fixes my (apparently..)non-existant rear main seal leak..

Then more fun
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I hope it's not the U-Joint cause it's a Tom Wood DS shocks are pretty new all bushings are grease and zerked where possible,and wish i had quick disconnects. The only thing I wonder is could a bearing make this noise if going bad? like I said all is tight when pulled on and tugged on.
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Kickin, I am willing to bet your issue is dirt/mud inside your brakes andbehing them, or dirty/dry rubber bushings in the rear suspension.

How many miles on it?
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151,236 miles I took it apart to the brakes they looked fine and I sprayed it down with brake cleaner. Haven't been in much mud, more trails and creekbeds with staircase sides. Oh well i'll drive it till it brakes then i'll know. Like most have said it is a Jeep afterall they supposed to make sounds to keep you on edge

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