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Old 05-21-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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creaking, squeeking noise

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I have a creaking, squeeking noise that is happining in the rear of my TJ. Last fall i took the rear seat out, everything was fine. A couple of weeks ago i took out all the brackets and seatbelts that held the seat in. Ever since then i hear a creaking and squeeking sound coming from the right rear by the wheel well. While i am driving it gets louder and louder the rougher the road i drive on. It is absolutely driving me nutz. I put all the bolts back in place that held the seat brackets, and belts. Are there some sort of plate that the bolts held on to from under the jeep? I crawled under it to see if i can see if anything is loose or not bolted and i can't see anything. I am gona try putting the stuff back in for the seat and see if that works if i don't have any suggestions from anyone on here. Let me know if anyone else has experianced this. Also i had someone ride back there to see if he can find the noise while i am driving and it seams with his weight on the floor it doesn't make any sound. Please help
I have also tried to recreate the sound while the jeep is just sitting in my garage, and i can't not duplicate it for the life of me.

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Old 05-21-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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Ok and what's the problem? It is a Jeep, they clank,rattle, squeak, squawk, squeal, it's a jeep. LOL!!!

Sorry.

Anyhow, most likely its a mount or the item mounted to it that is doing it.

When the weight on it is unsprung it's able to move enough to squeak.

You toss your fat friend in the back, and his weight slightly compresses stuff, like the springs/shocks, and it changes the angles on the control arms and rest of the suspension. They can't move around as freely so they can't squeak.

Get under it, shoot every bushing you can find with something like PB Blaster.
Then check every single mount bolt/nut to be sure they are tight. Look at the mounts themselves too, you may have one that's cracked and when it doesn't have weight on it, it moves slightly.

It's either that or haul your bud around in the back.

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Old 05-21-2011, 05:37 PM   #3
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Something else after re reading your post. You may have a mount for one of the belt bolts that is broken or cracked, or has a cracked weld. With no weight in the back it's doing what we call itching. The body flexes and the mount moves at a different rate as it's loose, two edges rub and squeak you have.

You bud in the back, dampens the movement of said parts, so no squeaky.
Try reinstalling the belt bolts and bracket bolts themselves. If it goes away, you can start pulling one bolt at a time till you find the one that starts the noise back up again.

Then you'll know what to look at.
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