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dustintnsley 10-12-2007 08:59 PM

Squeaking noise when turning?
Just recently, my '98 TJ has been making a squeaking noise whenever I turn the wheels. I can't really determine where the noise is coming from. Fluid level is fine for power steering. What could be causing this noise? Anything that may need to be lubricated?

AzTJ 10-12-2007 09:07 PM

squeaking constantly or just when moving the wheel back and forth? Check the track bar on the axle end, the bushing might be shot or needs tightening up.

dustintnsley 10-12-2007 09:24 PM

Just while moving the wheel back and forth... Would that still be the track bar bushing? Earlier, I propped the hood up and had someone move the wheel while I listened under the hood, and the sound was louder from the drivers seat. No clue if that would be useful info to know or not...

AzTJ 10-12-2007 09:41 PM

If its louder from the driver seat, it could be in the steering column. All of my Jeeps do it. plastic against plastic. Or some kind of bearing. Usually does it when its cold out.

dustintnsley 10-12-2007 09:48 PM

Yeah, I'm up north and the weather is getting colder. What should I lok for to try and fix the problem, if anything?

AzTJ 10-12-2007 10:44 PM

I donno - I haven't been able to cure it.... yet. But then it doesn't really bother me. Its only really cold 4 months out of the year. :D

Walkeraviator 10-13-2007 09:24 AM got coller here in the bluegrass over the last week or so, and now my steering column is squeeking too... the faster i turn the wheel the louder and higher pitched the squeaking gets.

4bangertj 10-20-2007 05:41 PM

my jeep is doin the same thing! drivin me up the wall! i think im tearin it apart tonight and im fixin it if its the last thing i do in my life! lol

dustintnsley 10-21-2007 12:34 AM

4bangertj, if you find a fix for it, please let me know...

tobycat1 10-21-2007 12:46 AM

I have the same prob guys, whenever its cold or wet out. Its not serious, just mildly annoying.

bpowa 10-21-2007 01:03 AM

could be many things.. mainly loose belt, worn tensioner, if you have no clue of pin pointing the noise, what makes you think you can fix it.. take it to a shop..

Triple88a 10-21-2007 01:51 AM

I tried oiling the rubber grommet where the steering wheel goes into the fire wall.. no luck :(

Maybe i should oil the entire thing even where the grommet meets the metal on the fire wall, not just the center part where the steering shaft goes through it.

tobycat1 10-21-2007 02:03 AM

Let me know if it works

my98tj 10-21-2007 10:34 AM

i think i wd40'd the grommet on the firewall in mine a year or two ago and it stopped the cold weather squeak.

4bangertj 10-21-2007 11:18 AM

i didnt get a chance to tear it apart yesterday, but it sounds like its comin from around the clock spring behind the airbag, im goin to ask some mechanics at work tommorow on the safest way to take off the air bag...i'll let ya know what i find out

4bangertj 10-24-2007 09:38 PM luck, took off the airbag...very carefully, dont think i have ever been that nervous, and theres nothing back that to oil...its gotta be that bushing on the fire wall, the tech at work said the only way to fix it is to turn up there radio! well to me im sure the thing didnt do it when it was new so theres gotta be a not goin to give up!

Levinoss 10-24-2007 09:43 PM

Sooo ODD! I was just about to make a thread about this exact sound I started getting not too long ago.


Triple88a 10-24-2007 11:40 PM

Any one know how to "remove" that rubber grommet? (just to see if it stops squeaking)

mud707 10-25-2007 07:53 AM

Anybody ever try a can of white lithium spray grease and spray your whole steering colum while someone turn it back and forth. I think that might work better and last longer than WD. Another thing you might try is hitting all the grease fittings on your front end if you have a grease gun..

Bostonzero 10-25-2007 03:20 PM

MUd707 you beat me to it. I just joined this Forum today. White lithium grease is a great curte all for squeaks, if it only due to rubbing/dryness or chaffinf that is. Before spraying down that grommet on the firewall check it with your hand by squeezing it. See if it feels "broken down" or spongy, it may need to be replaced. Or if it feels solid and tight, spray it, work the steering wheel back and forth and see what happens. With weather changes here in Mass we get lots of cars at my shop that have squeaks and creaks due to the metal components expanding and tightening due to the weather changes. The sttering column shaft may axtually expand and tighten in that grommet/bushing and just need some lube... Good luck

Bostonzero 10-25-2007 03:28 PM

Ps, my apologies on all the spelling errors in my last post, I'm at work and trying to type fast so I can get out of here on time tonight : )

tobycat1 11-26-2007 02:06 AM

I solved the problem, go to this thread

Triple88a 11-26-2007 04:57 PM

^2x.. thats one good thread.. i lubed my rubber up last night and from what i can tell, no more squeaking. :punk:

aytch23 01-08-2011 02:48 PM

What ended up being the fix? The thread posted by tobycat1 doesn't work.

dnbearcat 01-08-2011 04:18 PM

Spray the steering wheel shaft where it passes through the rubber grommet on the fire wall with white lithium grease.

tobycat1 01-09-2011 02:35 PM


Originally Posted by aytch23 (Post 974942)
What ended up being the fix? The thread posted by tobycat1 doesn't work.

Worked for most everyone, I would try the what he said above

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