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Old 03-21-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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squeaky sound problem

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I have problem with 98 wrangler tj

when I driving, I can hear squeaky sound.

I just wondering is it timing belt problem?

the mileage is 97xxx

if so, is it possible to replace it by myself or should I bring it to dealership?

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Old 03-21-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Not sure if it's a 4-banger or not. But the 4.0L 6-cylinder has a timing chain. Might be a belt on the 4-banger. Could be suspension, does it squeak when hitting bumps? What are you doing (besides driving) when this happens? my 98 has 152k on it and it squeaks, but it's the urathane bushings that are in the control arms in mine. More information, specifics of when it happens will help give an idea of the issue.

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Old 03-21-2013, 02:51 PM   #3
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it is 2.5L 4-cylinders and and sound coming from the engine. as RPM goes up, sound gets more faster. and gets little bit silent when it warmed up
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is it in the engine bay? or can you not pinpoint the sound?
If its up front, open your hood and turn the car on, listen near the belt. if it is at higher RPMs then grab the throttle body cable and rev it up a little until you hear squeaking.
It could possibly be the water pump so before you take it into a shop make sure you know what it is because the belt might not be squeaking, but rather one of the many components that it actually turns (ie water pump, alternator, etc..)
if you dont know what it is I actually just posted my own question about squeaks, it might help you out
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/sque...ep-229360.html
Hope i helped!
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Could be timing, but I'd not count on it. Sounds more like it's possibly the accessory belt needs either replaced, or adjusted. What you need to do is have someone (or yourself if you can reach it or know how to do it) raise RPMs with the hood up and you need to see if you can pin point where the squeak is coming from.

More than likely the accessory belt.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:54 PM   #6
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Only the 2.4l 4cyl have timing belts. 2.5 has a timing chain.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #7
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haha we replied with the same thing :P

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