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Old 09-26-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Thoughts? 2000 Wrangler-creaking noise underneath...

Hello all,

First thread here, big fan of the forum! Your site has helped with many DIY fixes in the past.
I have a 2000 Wrangler TJ Sport pretty much stock, one of these days when I get the cash I'll add a few things.
Anyways-for a while now I have noticed that after about 20 miles or so of Freeway driving I hear what can best be described as a slight creaking only when I am turning at low speeds (after leaving the freeway of course), driving straight-nothing. If I turn sharp I can feel it a bit through the wheel. If I let it cool down and start up the next day everything is fine.
My thoughts are that something within the steering system is heating up and expanding from the high-speed driving.

I have brought this question up to countless mechanics-from my gearhead friends to the professionals and can't get a straight answer.

Any answers? And if so can I fix myself? Bit of a starving student...

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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been trying to get an answer to this myself. havent had much luck. i have noticed now that its getting cooler it doesnt seem to do it as much/loud.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:59 PM   #3
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If I was a betting man my bet would be the sway bar or possibly some joints need to lubricated...
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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I would start by checking the Universals on the front axles. They may need grease, then the front wheel brake calipers, next front wheel bearings.
Easy check on these is just raise the front wheels off the ground and wiggle the front tires. Excessive perpendicular movement in either side means repair or adjustment is needed.
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Thanks, will try out. Any suggestions or specific ways to grease the U-joints? I was casually reading through a step-by-step process on replacing them last night and am curious if there are special considerations to take (other than of course using a grease gun)
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