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Old 06-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Need some help... possible worn u-joint

So I've had a squeaking noise coming from what I believe to be the front end for a while now (like 2-3 years... I know I should've checked it out sooner than now). Thought it wasn't a big deal when I first got the Jeep but I think a u-joint may be going out on me. I can only hear it when I'm going 20 or slower and it doesn't matter if I'm turning or not. It also occurs regardless of whether the clutch is engaged or not. The only thing that I can do to set it off is idle for a bit. It doesn't do it immediately, but after idling for a little bit it'll start. It squeaks in unison with the tires rolling and isn't constant (like squeak, squeak, squeak) and gets faster as I speed up. If anybody has some advice I'd love to hear it! Thanks!

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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A u-joint problem shouldn't be idle related but in order to help narrow down the cause:

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For a simple test of the front driveshaft, all that needs to be disconnected is the front and then secure it up out of the way. It won't turn in 2wd when connected to the t-case. It could actually be driven indefinitely like that if need be.

If it is the drive shaft (u-joints), repair it before it fails and destroys the transfer case.

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A u-joint problem shouldn't be idle related but remove the front drive shaft and drive the Jeep to try and narrow down the cause. If it is the drive shaft u-joints, repair it before it fails and destroys the transfer case.
By shouldn't be "idle related" do you mean it would vibrate at higher speeds as well? I had this thought too because I had a u-joint go out in another car and this isn't similar to that, but that was also a 2wd car.

I should also add that there are no noticeable vibrations at any speeds. And when I say that it starts when I'm idling, I mean it starts when the Jeep is idling through a parking lot. Not just when it's sitting still idling.
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By shouldn't be "idle related" do you mean it would vibrate at higher speeds as well?

When you posted about idling, I was thinking of the Jeep being stationary and the engine idling.


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I should also add that there are no noticeable vibrations at any speeds. And when I say that it starts when I'm idling, I mean it starts when the Jeep is idling through a parking lot. Not just when it's sitting still idling.

I'd try what Jerry recommended (quote from another thread). Drive and if the noise is still there you know it's not the front drive shaft.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #5
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I'd try what Jerry recommended (quote from another thread). Drive and if the noise is still there you know it's not the front drive shaft.
Yeah. I don't think it is the driveshaft because it's been doing this for a very long time (like I said, 2-3 years) and it hasn't gotten worse, just consistently, and annoyingly, the same. I think it may also be the dust shield or worn brake pads. Maybe it's time for some Black Magic Brake Pads
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