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Old 06-01-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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wheel bearing or universal?

ok i have a 95 yj and during my daily wheelin time i hit huge mudd puddle then as i pulled through it and keptdriving a loud squeak started but then after a while it stoped but then sure enough after i went through another mudd puddle again it started so i drove through like a clear water puddle with no mudd and the queak stopped so at first i thought it was my posi lock engagement system since its only got three bolts holdin it in and the fourth ones cyliconed shut but i distengaged it and it continued and its not the brakes so im stuck thinkin its the bearing or the universal but i figured they would sqeak all the time and when i jack it up the tires have no play i have no idea what it could be maybe just not enought grease its jsut clear that when ever mudd gets in there squeaks rel bad and just doesnt feel right does anybody have any advice thatks in advance

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Old 06-02-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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What type of mud are you playing in, clay based and slick or sand based and gritty?

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Does either of your front wheels shimmy or wobble at higher speeds?
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:13 PM   #4
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all kinds of mudd lol but when it happened originally i believe it was clay. . . and uh ots pretty hard to get that ol four banger to high speeds but when it gets there no more then normal really its defintely not a caddy but not rediculously bad
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:32 PM   #5
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I'm nearly 99% sure that you've got dirt, grit, small stone etc between your dust shield or brake pad and the rotor. I had this same exact sound happen when we went wheelin in the wet rocks after a big rain. the noise happened regardless of if I was on the brakes or not. It went away after I drove it home from the trails. At first I thought it might be my yukon superjoints (axle ujoints) from lack of greasing them but I knew I greased them just a month prior.

If youve still got the noise then go to a spray and wash and use the high pressure on your rotors.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:52 PM   #6
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if its then why does it it stop and go on and off every time i hit a puddle and it almost felt like a crunching feeling it wasn't driving right i though was the front diff at first but it seems to be coming from the front pass tire i mean the sound went away now but i'm pretty sure it will come back the second i hit another puddle
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I don't know. Mine would come and go too. I'd go half the dirty sanchezz trail and I thought "oh good, whatever it was is gone"... then ten minutes later the noise came back. Grit and rocks rubbing the rotor will give a crunch scrape sound. I'm only 99% sure it is grit/dirt on the rotor in your case. Could be I am wrong if you were in the mud though it would be good to spray it down anyways.

edit: take the rotor and unit bearing off to check it all out. Maybe it will become obvious after you get into it.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:38 PM   #8
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mine does the same and i found out the hard way that it is the wheel bearing. the u joint is a p.i.t.a. to replace. and then come to find out it wasn't even that, was pretty aggravating. it worked out since the ujoint bearings were pretty much powder anyway.
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:34 PM   #9
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thanks guys havent gone wheelin its beenn pretty dusty but next time ill go and let you know if its still squeelin i appreciate it
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:17 PM   #10
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ugh... brand new caliers and rotors up front and now it has a constant light brake sqeel thats driving me crazy but i havent got a chance to test in the mudd to find out if it is the brakes all the time
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put your wrangler on a lift or jack it up on the tire its comming from. get it off the ground and put your hands at 12 and 6 and wiggle the tires up and down. if it wiggles then its the bearing. it could be you got some mud or water behind the seal and it eventually works its way out as you go. if it doesnt wiggle then its the u-joints. to be sure take it to a mechanic and have them check it out.

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