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Old 05-28-2008, 09:48 PM   #1
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Weird squeaking

Hey all, I am sure you are getting tired of weird "sound" questions from me by now...

I have started noticing a high pitched squeaking sound when I leave work at night, it only seems to do it for a min and then stop, but I can only really hear it when there is something (building, bush, car) to the left of me when I am driving off... any thoughts? could this be related to what I have come to believe was the click, click, click, click from the u-joints? it makes the noise rhythmically, its almost constant.. but like I said I only hear it when I am passing next to something, guess it refracts the noise back at me, can't hear it any other time since its so quiet... Oh, and I am not touching the brakes when this happens...

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On your earlier thread of the clicking noise was it also on the left??If so you are going to have to pull the left wheel and check that thing.A u-joint normally don't make a constant squeal it will be more like a chirp---chirp--chirp noise and get louder and faster as you speed up and then after a certain higher speed you will not hear it any more(normally).You know I just thought of all the times people come into the garage and try to describe this sound and start making these noises with there mouth and you think oookkk but here I am typing this crap.LOL Anyway if it is a constant is could be the backing plate but you did say squeaking so if it is rhythmic like off and on like the chirp described above then I would say it is back to your u-joints....

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Old 05-28-2008, 10:13 PM   #3
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man, I am just going to have the u-joints replaced I think, see if that stops the sound, probably need to anyway, they are 8 years old.. the sound does speed up as I do and then it seems to stop, but its only when I am going slow, like between 1-5 mph... but ofcourse I can only hear it when I am driving next to something, so its really quiet..
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Sticky brake pads?
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:37 PM   #5
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Sticky brake pads?
would the brake pads make a noise when I was moving?, guess so if they are sticking.. I just wonder what the heck is going on with this, it didn't make these noises before I had the clutch assembly, clutch fork, master/slave cylinder and pinion seal replaced...
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another stupid question, do most shops have U-Joints on hand or am I going to need to order/pick some up? oh, and should I replace the U-Joint on the front drive shaft while I am replacing the ones on the front wheels?
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Stop next to a building with the engine running. Does it still squeek? On my TJ, the boot on my rear drive shaft squeaks lol.
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Stop next to a building with the engine running. Does it still squeek? On my TJ, the boot on my rear drive shaft squeaks lol.
how do you know its the boot on your rear drive shaft?
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Stop next to a building with the engine running. Does it still squeek? On my TJ, the boot on my rear drive shaft squeaks lol.
It only squeaks when I am moving, otherwise I would suspect some sort of belt was loose...
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:55 AM   #10
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On my TJ, the boot on my rear drive shaft squeaks lol.
A squeaky rubber boot?
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getting it looked at on Sat. guy said from my description it sounds like the u-joints though.. another $550 out of the account!!!! (for both ones on the front axle and the one on the drive shaft)...
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yes a squeeky rubber boot. I oiled it once and it stopped. Lubrication is aways good when you're messing around with rubber
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Wow $550 for (3) $20 U-joints.That is way to high!! I will replace all six for $320
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Wow $550 for (3) $20 U-joints.That is way to high!! I will replace all six for $320
That is good to know, will be calling some other shops! Everything in the town I live in is like 3 times as expensive as the town next door since its a college town.. they like to over charge on everything! rent for a decent 1 bedroom apt is like $500 a month!!! the last decent 2 bedroom I had was $1200 a month... and don't even get me started on the price of a new home in Auburn AL... My old shop closed down this month and I have been iffy about finding a new shop around town, I thought that seemed steep! What would you guess the dealership would charge?
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:54 AM   #15
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sounds like $550 is about the going price around here for 3 u-joint replacements.. dealership was a bit steeper than that! Hopefully getting the new bushings on the T-case torque shaft will stop all the noise, I am 99% sure it will stop the thumping noise on the floor board since triple provided the link to the TSA about it..
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:04 AM   #16
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All Jeeps make goofy noises...get use to it. Otherwise you will spend a fortune chasing them down. The more you off-raod them, the more noise they make.

When things go "clunk" or "snap" and things stop working, then you need to worry.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:24 PM   #17
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All Jeeps make goofy noises...get use to it. Otherwise you will spend a fortune chasing them down. The more you off-raod them, the more noise they make.

When things go "clunk" or "snap" and things stop working, then you need to worry.
lol, I have had mine since 2000, most noises I just pass off as the Jeep being a Jeep, but when it could possibly be something like the u-joints I would just assume get it fixed before one breaks when I am in Atlanta traffic driving 75-80 mph or some other unfortunate place (atl is not the place to have car problems!), plus if the one on the front driveshaft broke, its my understanding that it can cause massive problems with t-case or the diff... and that is a lot more expensive to fix than just replacing a u-joint! will find out tomorrow one way or the other, its track down day!
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Good luck and let us know how you make out on this. It's good feedback for futre readers.
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:20 PM   #19
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my jeep seems to be doing the same thing that you are talking about. i can ussually only here it when somethins to the left of me. i brought it into the shop the other nite and we figured out that its the RIGHT hand axle u joint. ( the u joint right behind the hub and caliper) we put it up on a lift and put in it 4wd and went from wheel to wheel and found it there. doenst look like that fun of job to do so im goin to live with it for a while
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Its not that bad!After a few of them you can do both joints in a little over an hour.Take the caliper and rotor off then remove the hub bearing bolts from the back side and the axle nut,pull the hub bearing and the axle will slide right out through the hole the hub sets in.The u-joint removal and install is typical then reverse procedure.
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I had a squeak that I chased for about 2 months. During one of my routine under-carriage checks, I hit my head on the Y-pipe and heard the squeak! It had loosened up at one of the header connections.
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I had a squeak that I chased for about 2 months. During one of my routine under-carriage checks, I hit my head on the Y-pipe and heard the squeak! It had loosened up at one of the header connections.
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no one has been able to find the sound! down to going to the dealership at this point...
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no one has been able to find the sound! down to going to the dealership at this point...
Can't say I didn't warn you....
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Can't say I didn't warn you....
actually you said "All Jeeps make goofy noises...get use to it. Otherwise you will spend a fortune chasing them down." I haven't spent a penny, most places here do free checks on vehicles.. thanks for the warning though...
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keetz you're lucky, my local dealership charged me 50 bucks to find a rattling noise.
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Free dealership checks? Are you serious? That would never happen here. The dealerships bill you for everything. They will find things to bill you for especially if it's under warranty. My brother use to work for a Ford dealership. Nothing short of racketeering.
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I haven't been to the dealership yet, I was saying that no shop around here I have been to has found the source of the squeak, but that none had charged me to look, so I haven't spent a fortune tracking the sound down.. I am sure the dealership will charge me something (hence the when I said I was down to going to the dealership), guess we will find out tomorrow...
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Have you checked the fan belt. Just a suggestion , engine belts will squeal & make funny noises & will travel thru the vehicle. I know sometimes when you have a problem you can get so focused on it being a certain thing or area & that is all you concentrate on & it ends up being something totally different.
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Have you checked the fan belt. Just a suggestion , engine belts will squeal & make funny noises & will travel thru the vehicle. I know sometimes when you have a problem you can get so focused on it being a certain thing or area & that is all you concentrate on & it ends up being something totally different.
That would squeal all the time the engine is on though right? (at a standstill), the belt itself is pretty new, had it replaced not too long ago, not even any little cracks in it yet.. good thought though!

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