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Old 07-07-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Rear wheel noise

Hey guys, it's been a while. What is in the rear wheel that can make a god awful squeak and clicking noise? The drivers side rear wheel is making a ruckus. I checked the rear driveshaft u-joints no play in the DS at all. I don't know anything about drums but the noise has nothing to do with braking. With the doors off the sound is obnoxious, it's not constant but here and there it will start squealing and clicking especially at low speeds. It's so hot today I didn't check much but I wiggled the lower control arms and the drive shaft and nothing seems loose, what else can I check? Do drums have bearings?

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Are you sure it's not the brakes? There is a "squeeler" a metal tab that pops out when the pad starts getting thin, a reminder to check brakes. Beyond that I can't help much. S

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Yea it doesn't make noise at all when I brake I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with brakes.
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Rocks in your tire? haha happens to me all the time. worth a shot.
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Anyone? What's in the rear drum that can go bad besides shoes? Are there bearings that go bad in the rear drum that would make a racket?
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A little more info, it only seems to be doing it when I give it gas.
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Some more info on your Jeep might help. (year, model, axle, tire size....)
Also, on this question (I take it you have rear drum brakes and not disc).....

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Are there bearings that go bad in the rear drum that would make a racket?
The drum is part of the brakes and there's no bearings in the brake system. But, there are bearings on the axle.
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If it does not do it when you apply the brakes it sounds suspiciously brake related.
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Hey guys, it's been a while. What is in the rear wheel that can make a god awful squeak and clicking noise? The drivers side rear wheel is making a ruckus. I checked the rear driveshaft u-joints no play in the DS at all. I don't know anything about drums but the noise has nothing to do with braking. With the doors off the sound is obnoxious, it's not constant but here and there it will start squealing and clicking especially at low speeds. It's so hot today I didn't check much but I wiggled the lower control arms and the drive shaft and nothing seems loose, what else can I check? Do drums have bearings?
In Vermont? It was 116* here on 7-8-10. Supposed to be hotter tomorrow, and our monsoons are starting, so it is humid too.
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In Vermont? It was 116* here on 7-8-10. Supposed to be hotter tomorrow, and our monsoons are starting, so it is humid too.
It was a 104 here and 90% humidity yesterday and that's hot for us norther boys with thick blood.
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If it does not do it when you apply the brakes it sounds suspiciously brake related.
really?

How can I check the axle bearings to see if that's the culprit.

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Been doing some reading and it seems rear bearings are not easy to change, god this noise is getting louder and squealing bad I wish I could figure out what it is. Definitely coming from around the drivers side rear wheel, it gets worse when I gas it up a hill.

Maybe it is the brakes? Any tips on what to look for if I pull off the drum? It has to be either the brakes or the axle bearing.

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