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Unread 04-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Drivers side front wheel making awful squeaking/chirping sound...

I need help diagnosing a sqealing/chirping shoud coming from the drivers side wheel on my 92 XJ Laredo.

At first I was thinking I just needed to swap out the hub/bearing assembly but after doing some research I found that it could be a number of things.

Before I spend a bunch of money on parts and tools does anyone have a good run down of things to check so I can determine the issue and fix the right thing?

Some background on this issue - I first noticed it after I had the drivers side sway bar link break. After I replaced the swaybar links I still kept hearing the sound. I did notice that the sound went away on a rainy day but came back after things dried up.

I have checked the serpentine belt and it does not appear to be the issue. The sounds starts at low speeds and seems to happen intermittently. It also seems to happen as I accelerate and sometimes goes away when I let go of the gas.

As I mentioned above it is coming from the driver side front wheel and makes a sqeaking/chirping sound like a very loud bird.

Any help will be much appreciated!

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Unread 04-30-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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could be the hub, had too change mine out a year ago but mine never made any noise tho but im sure they check the brakes(pads,brake disk)and if you put on a new hub look at the axle when you put it on.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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Locate precisely the source of the noise. Unit/bearing hub, or axle u-joint, or drive shaft u-joint, or something else.

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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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Small chance it's the sway bar bushings mine were doin the same thing u just described 16 bucks and five mins later it went away
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Unread 05-02-2012, 05:12 AM   #5
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I'd say U-joint I had the same noise on bumps and turns
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Unread 05-02-2012, 05:23 AM   #6
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You can check if it's your hub/bearing assembly easily. Jack up the front end, grab the tire at the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock position and see if you can wiggle the tire back and forth.

If it does it's more than likely your hub/bearing assembly. Mine made the same noise you're talking about when mine was bad.

Your brakes might get sloppy if it gets real bad, mine did at least but I also drove mine till the wheel damn near fell off ha.
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a rock stuck between dust shield and rotor can make that sound too
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Unread 05-04-2012, 07:09 AM   #8
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U joint... my vote. Had the same thing happen, twice both times it was the u joint. Pita but easy enough and doesn't cost much.
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Was wondering if u found the probelm. I just replace my caliper and drive shaft and the noise is still there and it doesnt do it in the rain.
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