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Old 08-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Creaking sound when turning

I have found a few different threads on this but nothing that is a smoking gun for mine.

When I first got my YJ, I noticed that it would creak when turning the wheel hard to the right or left. At first, I suspected it was the tires being too big. It sounded like they were rubbing within the wheel well. I changed to stock tires figuring since it's a four banger, I could use the extra pull anyway. I still had the creaking issue.

Now that I have been driving it for a while, I have noticed that it only happens when the my speed is 5 mph or less. If I am turning left or right, it isn't an issue. If I try to drive around a cul-de-sac or pull into a parking spot, I have to do a lot of backing up before I can get it in. If I try to push it, the YJ jumps a little bit. It also sounds sometimes like there is something interferring, maybe some sort of rod that it restricting it. Also, it may not be speed related but just seems so as the turns would be tighter at the lower speed.

Not sure if this is related but I think the shocks are shot. If I am going down hill too fast the body bounces and I can hear the wheel scraping in the wheel well. Also if I hit the smallest of potholes, the YJ bounces a good bit. Not exactly ideal to have a 4 wheel drive jeep that can't handle simple potholes on the highway.

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Old 08-26-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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Sounds like a few problems. The jerking and stuff in a slow turn seems like you may have it in 4H. Check your linkage may have to adjust.

Shocks yes bad all the way get some new ones.

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Old 08-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #3
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Well that may be a good call. I was working on the jeep and noticed that the four wheel drive light doesn't come on. I pulled the gauges only to find a missing bulb. I took one of the other bulbs out and now the four wheel drive light is on. It didn't feel like it was in 4 wheel drive and I have moved it in and out of every gear. Without trying to sound like a total idiot, assuming it is in 4H, how do I check this and how do I get it out, (since the shifter isn't doing it).
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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Take the front driveshaft out and see if it still sounds the same.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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Or just Remove the vacuum lines from the axle, start it in neutral and see if there is a slight suction on one line then change the selector from h-2 to h-4, pay attention to if the vacuum switches from one to the other, then back again, it just might be the vacuum actuator is bad,

The creaking might be a bad ball joint
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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2ND vote for creaking might be a bad ball joint.

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