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Old 02-07-2010, 12:19 PM   #1
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Help, front axle or transaxle squealing!

I need a little help, I am fairly new to jeeps. I have a 97 TJ that I am selling and a 98 TJ that I just bought. Yesterday here in northeast ohio we got 14 inches of snow and I got stuck while plowing the drive (2x). Both times while working my way out either the front end or transaxle made kind of a dull squealing noise while it was under load. KEEP IN MIND THIS IS AN AUTOMATIC! The 97 I'm selling never did anything like this and I got it stuck a couple times getting firewood, but it was a stick. I found a ton of other squeals while doing a search, but nothing for an automatic. It wasn't a belt squeal, this was from underneath the jeep. The only thing I could find looking around is the transmission mount on the inner part of the skid plate is in bad shape. It worked fine the rest of the day. It is a 98 4.0 automatic. I replaced both front u-joints,hubs, and ball joints right before winter as well as changed the axle fluid and didn't see anything out of place. Any help would be great!!

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Old 02-07-2010, 12:31 PM   #2
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Perhaps the front brake rotor shield got pushed/bent by the deep snow & is causing it to rub against the brake rotor. I've done that & the squealing can be scarey.

By the way, Jeeps don't have transaxles.

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Old 02-07-2010, 01:35 PM   #3
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Holy crap, that's it, I lost my transaxle...just kidding. I've been driving my WRX for too long, what a stupid mistake! Is there anything in the dana 30 diff or transfer case that can squeal when it lets go under load? Wasn't the shields they are ok.
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I'd also look at the dust covers for the rotors. They bend pretty easy.
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The brake shields are fine, nothing visible is out of place. It's too cold and too much snow to rip into anything just yet. More snow expected Tuesday too! Any other ideas?
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Possible a small stone may have lodged between the rotor and shield. I have had it happen before.
Does it still make the noise?
Pull on your shields, or make them flex.
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It did it again today, the sound is definately coming from the transfer case. Anyone ever stripped a gear??

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