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Old 01-31-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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Squeeky noise tj Wrangler

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I own a 98 tj wrangler and it has started to squeek when ever it goes in a forward motion. I'ts not the belt (just replaced and still has the same problem) I'm wondering if it could be the wheel bearings. I'm not a gear head and dont realy know a whole lot about the wrangler set up. Is there any way to clarify or test for other options. PLEASE HELP!! Any suggestions would be helpful.

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It could be a condition called "angry sparrows" I know it sounds crazy but search for it and you will find plenty. It basically is a squeaking coming from the CV joint in the front driveshaft, sounds like squeaking like a belt but more of a metal squeak and more "angry". Mine has done it before when really cold out, but not required. Disconnect your front driveshaft and then drive around and see if it stopped, if so then you have the angry sparrows. Then look online to find out how to rebuild the CV.

Im not so sure about the unit bearing, from what ive experienced they pop or make a rubbing or "whirring" sound in sync with wheel rotation, not so much a squeeking, at least from what ive witnessed. Good luck.

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Old 01-31-2011, 03:24 PM   #3
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I had a squeaking like that before. It was my rear u joints. Try greasing them if they are greaseable if not spray them with wd40 or something. Drive it as soon as you spray it. If you hear no squeak, then that's it. Hope I was some help
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sounds exactly like front CV joint in the driveshaft...had it go on my 03 rubicon and the chirping drove us nuts until we found it. (well, good mechanic knew what it was). One way to 'test' is to get some spray grease onto the CV joint and drive it...noise goes away, you found it. BUT there is no way to grease them...OEM driveshafts have no grease fitting. If you have skid plates, like I did...it cost almost as much just to get it rebuilt compared to just ordering in a Tom Woods replacement and having that installed. 90% labor, 10% cost for rebuilding, about 50/50 for labor and replacement. So I went with the Tom Woods...
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:20 PM   #5
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Well if you work on your own jeep especially something easy like a driveshaft then it wont cost you that much.

TJ Front Drive Shaft CV Maintenance

This is a great link for doing it yourself for anywhere from 40-80 dollars which is less than half of a tom woods shaft. This site also has lots of other helpful mods and maintenance how to's
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:47 PM   #6
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Best to describe the type of squeaking. I had a sound like a canary chirping coming from my driver's side front wheel whenever I was driving, even if I was in neutral or with the clutch in. Replaced u-joints and even a wheel hub to no avail. Turns out it was my clutch...
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:33 AM   #7
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I'm having an issue like this too. Mine does it when I first begin driving and goes away fairly quickly. But I can't figure out what it is. Only happens when I start moving forward and is louder when turning a little on take off. Squeek, squeek, squeek... then just quits after a few dozen yards. And it's related to speed of tire rotation. Can turning the wheels have an affect on the squeeks if it's the CV issue or does the fact that turning the wheels affects the sound rule out the CV?
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this sounds like a hail mary but,nobody has said anything about the little tab on the brake pads, it contacts the rotor when the pads get worn and it makes a squeking sound.
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this sounds like a hail mary but,nobody has said anything about the little tab on the brake pads, it contacts the rotor when the pads get worn and it makes a squeking sound.
Does the squeak go away when pressing the brake pedal? That's where mine is at and doesn't happen all the time.
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Does the squeak go away when pressing the brake pedal? That's where mine is at and doesn't happen all the time.
Hmmmm, not sure... I'll check today and see.
Thanks, didn't think about that.
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sometimes it will go away or get louder or become a steady squeek instead of a chirp,chirp,chirp
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Definitely not affected when I step on the brakes. And it only does it when accelerating. It stops when I let off the gas.
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Shift into 4wd at about 20mph and speed up then slow down, if it stops, its the cv
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Mine does it when it's cold, but quits after about 2 miles, guess it warms up!!, and been doing it for 3 yrs now
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What does it mean when the squeek goes away after pressing the brake pedal?
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What does it mean when the squeek goes away after pressing the brake pedal?
That would tell you that it's a problem with your brake pads. Change them and the problem would be solved.
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thank you !
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Ok, so, I'm not making much progress on determining where my squeeking is coming from. Was originally most apparent when it's first driven and was even more active when I would also turn the wheel. I put it in 4wd as kfdjason recommended and the squeeking got worse when driving straight and would pretty much go away when turning. After switching back to 2wd, the noise seems to be worse now when either going straight or turning. It also appears the be affected by small bumps in the road as I drive. Seems to quiet down alot when I let off the gas. Not to mention that my sway bar links are loose so I can't tell if they're just clunking or if they're squeeking too. Sheeeeesh.....
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idler pulley and belt
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:53 PM   #20
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My 00' wrangler is making this chirping noise also and I have replaced both wheel hubs in the front and my front brakes.. Nothing helped. I have ruled out the belt and pulleys because the squeak is not rpm related it's wheel speed. If I'm going under 10-15 it won't squeak but if it's anywhere between 15 and 80 it squeaks like hell. I'm actually going out to spray some grease on that front cv on my drive shaft like someone said earlier.. Fingers crossed
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My 00' wrangler is making this chirping noise also and I have replaced both wheel hubs in the front and my front brakes.. Nothing helped. I have ruled out the belt and pulleys because the squeak is not rpm related it's wheel speed. If I'm going under 10-15 it won't squeak but if it's anywhere between 15 and 80 it squeaks like hell. I'm actually going out to spray some grease on that front cv on my drive shaft like someone said earlier.. Fingers crossed
Let me know if u have any luck. I'm still struggling with mine. It seems to me that mine is either driveshaft or u-joint related.
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I just went through this on my 04 Rubi. It was difficult to tell where the squeak was coming from. I ended up puting the back end up on jack stands with the wheels off the ground and put it in first gear. WITH THE FRONT TIRES CHOCKED my buddy got under it and could tell that the sound was from the drive shaft. I figured it was a ujoint so planned on dropping the shaft and removing the joints to verify size. My Rubi has an AiRock system that was installed by the previous owner so it has an aftermarket CV drive shaft. Onec I got the shaft down, I could tell that the noise was coming from the pivot joint between the two Ujoints that make up the CV joint. I noted that there was a needle style lube point for that joint. I make a quick trip to Harbor Freight and picked up an accessory kit for my grease gun that included a needle fitting, lubed the joint and no more squeak. The thing is, with the shaft installed, and the lube point pointing down, the joint is closed and you can't get to it. You have to either remove the shaft or just disconnet the CV end and drop it down to be able to fully open the pivot joint. Hope this helps.

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