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Old 11-21-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Squeak when i turn

I have an 03 rubicon, and whenever I turn usually at a low speed I hear a high to mid pitched squeak from what sounds like the front of the vehicle. I think it's something with the brakes but I don't know. To be more specific it sounds like something swinging back and forth. Weird thing is after I go mudding the squeak stops. (The jeep is completely stock)

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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I have an 03 rubicon, and whenever I turn usually at a low speed I hear a high to mid pitched squeak from what sounds like the front of the vehicle. I think it's something with the brakes but I don't know. To be more specific it sounds like something swinging back and forth. Weird thing is after I go mudding the squeak stops. (The jeep is completely stock)
Does the sound happen when turning the wheels while stationary?

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Old 11-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #3
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Same problem. Mine squeaks when it's stationary and I turn the wheel
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:46 PM   #4
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Same problem. Mine squeaks when it's stationary and I turn the wheel
Could it be a worn out steering box pump?
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:16 PM   #5
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Could it be a worn out steering box pump?
not when stationary! It's worst around like 5 mph -ish!
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #6
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mine squeaks from the rubber grommet at the firewall rubbing on the steering column.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:57 PM   #7
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mine squeaks from the rubber grommet at the firewall rubbing on the steering column.
they are notorious for squeaking at the column especially when it gets colder outside. Winter...every year like clockwork so I put some marine grease on the steering column where it meets the firewall and all good till next winter!
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:21 AM   #8
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they are notorious for squeaking at the column especially when it gets colder outside. Winter...every year like clockwork so I put some marine grease on the steering column where it meets the firewall and all good till next winter!
I'll have try that.I've tried lithium and standard grease like you'd use for a wheel bearing, but they only stop the squeak for a week or so.
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they are notorious for squeaking at the column especially when it gets colder outside. Winter...every year like clockwork so I put some marine grease on the steering column where it meets the firewall and all good till next winter!
Yes, I need to do this. How do you apply such grease?
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #10
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Lol I don't know if that will solve my problem because it happens when moving but I'll try it tonight and get back to y'all.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:16 AM   #11
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There a rubber sleeve on the steering shaft where it goes through. I just slide the boot back an put the grease on the boot are and just on each side of the boot. Seems to work well.
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Hey folks

Could be a ujoint at the wheel end.

When the ujoint gets a dry cross, rusty etc, they sometimes squeek. but only when they are pivoting.

On the steer ujoints, the only time the needle bearings are actually being rotated inside the ujoint caps is when you are NOT going straight, so when one cap (usually starts with just one) gets dry, then when the needles inside the cap move, they squeek.

time for a ujoint or two if this is the case?

Have a good look at each ujoint cap to see if there is any corrosion (rusty) residue around where the ujoint cap seal is??

If so, needs ujoint. Good idea to do both sides if they are the same age.

Can try some wd40 just to see if the noise goes away for a bit?? Not a fix, but can help in diagnosing... When u go mudding, you lube the joints with water/mud and the sound goes away for a bit...

Just FYI, ujoint needle bearnings in driveshafts turn/move all the time (unless the driveshaft is exaclty lined up with the diff/transfercase/transmission) so they will start to squeek usually at low speeds as a telltale that it's time for a ujoint change.

Anyway, hope it's just the steer rubber boot, but check the frt axle ujoints too?

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they are notorious for squeaking at the column especially when it gets colder outside. Winter...every year like clockwork so I put some marine grease on the steering column where it meets the firewall and all good till next winter!
Mine does this when its cool, goes away once the day warms up. More kike a moan. Ill try some grease on it. Do you lube it from inside the cab or under the hood?
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:22 AM   #14
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The other thing it might be, if not the steer boot is play in a wheel bearing.

When you put a side load on the bearing, like when you turn a corner, it can move the the wheel/tire and hence the rotor. The caliper does not move with the play though and this can cause the brakes to squeek a bit.

Jack up and block the steer axle, see if you have any play in and out at the wheel/tire?

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