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Unread 12-13-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Front End Noise while turning Right

This noise started about a year ago. Keep in mind I'm away from home for extremely long periods of time. When I got home in September I noticed it getting more frequent and louder. This only occurs when I'm turning right. When I'm in a turn it sounds like there is a whirring or metal on metal oscillating sound. Also, when driving straight the front end shimmies. I've got a new tie rod end (drivers side), a new track bar and I'm gonna replace them tomorrow.

Other question. What else should I replace on the front end steering parts? Its at 217,000 miles.

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Unread 12-14-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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Probably wheel bearings
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Unread 12-27-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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First they noise. Does it appear to come from the front, the rear, the left front...etc?


As far as the shimmy in the front. Tire balancing is the first step in identifying these problems. After this, you need to do the shake, push pull, jerk test with all your components in the front end. Jack up the front so that both tires are off the ground. Grab each front tire and push-pull psh-pull with one hand at the 12'clock position an the other at six. This can give you a feel for wheel bearings (outer) and your ball joints. Next do this at 3 and 9 positions. Have a helper observe your steering linkage. Notice for slack in any of the ball joints ie tie rod ends, steering etc.

Also do a thorough inspection of sway bar rubbers and control arm bushings rubbers.
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Unread 11-11-2013, 09:16 PM   #4
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First sorry for the really late response. Like almost a year later.... The shimmy was the tire going bad. The rubbing/squeaking sound only happens when I'm turning right and as I said it come from the left front area. I'm really going hard and heavy at a lot of repairs since I just come off tour.....
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Unread 11-12-2013, 12:14 AM   #5
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At 217,000 miles anything original in the front end should get replaced.

Jack up the tire and do the wiggle test. It can only be a few things if it's rotational and only when you turn right. Most likely the wheel bearing as stated before.

Is your Jeep stock? Is the tire rubbing on the splash guard or control arm or anything else at full turn? Crank the steering wheel and have a look.

Need more information otherwise.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 01:29 PM   #6
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At 217,000 miles anything original in the front end should get replaced.

Jack up the tire and do the wiggle test. It can only be a few things if it's rotational and only when you turn right. Most likely the wheel bearing as stated before.

Is your Jeep stock? Is the tire rubbing on the splash guard or control arm or anything else at full turn? Crank the steering wheel and have a look.

Need more information otherwise.
Gonna try the wiggle test and such. It is stock, no tire rubbing. Slowly replacing front end parts. Need to order tie rod and ends, sway bar bushings. Most likely ball joints and wheel bearings as well. New front shocks are going in this week. And hoping to get and rebuild a head from a JY soon.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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Let us know what you find out after jacking everything up and checking for worn/loose parts.

All that stuff is relatively easy besides ball joints, they are a fun project.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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Just interested, where do you guys shop for quality, decently priced parts. I use RockAuto some. Also, tie rod ends. How the hell many are there on the front. I know the Actual Tie Rod itself comes with an end on it. How many individual tie rod ends do I need and are they side specific. If they are, does anyone have part numbers?
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Unread 11-16-2013, 04:46 PM   #9
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Just interested, where do you guys shop for quality, decently priced parts. I use RockAuto some. Also, tie rod ends. How the hell many are there on the front. I know the Actual Tie Rod itself comes with an end on it. How many individual tie rod ends do I need and are they side specific. If they are, does anyone have part numbers?
I use RockAuto and the Mopar websites. I try to steer away from local parts stores because it's all Chinese junk. Even Moog is owned by a Japanese company now, Federal Mogul.

The tie rod itself does not have one in it, you are thinking of the drag link. The drag link has a joint end which is built into it, there's one on each end of the tie rod, and one that mounts to the pitman arm on the other side of the drag link. The other joint is for the track bar, it is part of it. Can't help you with the part numbers, and apparently neither can the employees at Advance Auto.

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Unread 11-16-2013, 07:46 PM   #10
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I just replaced most everything on my front end with the kit listed on 1aauto.com everything has been good so far and all parts were correct
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I just replaced most everything on my front end with the kit listed on 1aauto.com everything has been good so far and all parts were correct
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