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Unread 01-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Squeal/Squeak when Driving...help!

Hello all! I've been looking all over to see if anyone has my same issue and while I've found similar issues, I think mine is a little different.

I recently purchased a 2009 Wrangler Unlimited with about 55k miles on it. About a month after I got it, I started noticing a faint squeal/squeak sound when driving. Having the vehicle now for about 4 months now it has only gotten louder. If anyone has any ideas on where I should start if greatly appreciate it.

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The sound is rhythmic like its something moving around and at a point in the rotary motion it squeaks. When I drive slower, the squeaks are further apart and when I drive faster they are closer together. The sound is most noticeable between 10-35mph. It seems to lessen when I make extreme turns but that could be due to my speed changing. When I break, the squeak is still persistent but changes in sound.

My first thought was the brakes so I had them checked out and "supposedly" the issue was the rotors needed to be turned. They said my pads were good. After that it seemed to lessen but after a week it was right back. It's only gotten worse sense then.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. If you need more details please ask! Thanks!

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Unread 01-13-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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sounds like a ujoint to me. Any vibrations?
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Unread 01-18-2013, 08:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I was beginning to think I wasn't going to get any. There don't seem to be any vibrations when I hear the sound. Is the u-joint something that is expensive to replace? Anything I can do to make sure this is what it is? Thanks again.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply! I was beginning to think I wasn't going to get any. There don't seem to be any vibrations when I hear the sound. Is the u-joint something that is expensive to replace? Anything I can do to make sure this is what it is? Thanks again.
Ujoints are between 20 and 25$ each. If your joints are serviceable you might want to just do a quick lube.

Does the squeak go away when you hit the break? If not I would rule that out. Also warped rotors will usually cause the vehicle to vibrate or the pedal to vibrate when the brakes are depressed.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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Well at least it's not expensive if it is that. The sound seems to diminish in sound but may increase in pitch some. Like I said before, I had my rotors checked and resurfaced. There really isn't any vibrations in the vehicle, just the sound.
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Unread 01-22-2013, 08:48 AM   #6
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I had another local place look at it yesterday. The front brake pads were shot and the rear didn't have any anti-rattle clips installed so the pads were loose. Looks like I won't be going back to the first place again since they looked at my brakes and thought it was just my rotors. Oh well the noise is gone!
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I had another local place look at it yesterday. The front brake pads were shot and the rear didn't have any anti-rattle clips installed so the pads were loose. Looks like I won't be going back to the first place again since they looked at my brakes and thought it was just my rotors. Oh well the noise is gone!
Nice! Yeah whenever I do breaks I turn rotors and do the pads at the same time. Its cheap and I don't want to pull it apart again.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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Well I'm pissed... The noise has started back again. It is faint, but this is how it started the first time and it only got louder. On the way home tonight I recorded the sound with my phone and enhanced the audio so you can hear the noise.

Here's the link to the audio file. I hope this works:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...rake_noise.wav

If anyone has ANY clue to what is making this god forsaken noise please let me know! I've had it to two different places and spent almost $200 and it still isn't fixed apparently... Just makes me want to scream! Thanks in advance!
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:04 PM   #9
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dont know if jk's get angry sparrows, my tj had it and i just rebuilt the front driveshaft
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:11 PM   #10
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Thanks for the response. I just read up on that but the noise only happens when I press on my brakes about medium way. Is that typical of the "angry sparrows" issue if it driveshaft related? I've always thought it was brake related since the noise only happened when I braked...but then again I'm no mechanic.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 04:18 PM   #11
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Well months later and the problem is still there. I have diagnosed it to a single wheel tho. It is coming from the back driver side wheel when braking. Not sure if something is loose or what. I had a friend ride in the back with the doors and top off and he hung out the side and listened as I drove and hit the brake about 50%. He said it was definitely coming from that wheel. Anything specific to a single wheel that could cause that to happen? Whatever it is, it is definitely spinning and only creaks at a single point during the rotation. Sounds like a creaking door almost when driving slow and braking. So annoying...
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Unread 10-13-2013, 06:37 PM   #12
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Sorry to get your hopes up with my reply but unfortunately I don't have an answer for you. However, my 2001 TJ has the exact same issue and same noise, only mine does it constantly, not only while braking. So I'll subscribe to this thread and if you figure it out let me know. I'll let you know the same. Mines been ongoing for about 5 months now
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Unread 10-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #13
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Well if it makes it constantly, it may be a u-joint issue according to what I've read. Since mine only happens when I brake, I wouldn't think it to be a u-joint issue. I'll probably end up taking it to a mechanic and let them try and figure it out. Gotta save up some $$$ first because there is no telling what it is or how much it will cost haha.
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Unread 10-14-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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See I know what a u joint squeal is, and this isn't it. It chirps with every rotation of the tire, not the driveshaft. I've replaced plenty of ujoints over time and this has no resemblance to the sound a ujoint makes :/
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Unread 10-15-2013, 09:01 AM   #15
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Ahh. Gotcha. Well it sounds like our issues may be similar. Like I've said, I took it into two different places to have it checked out thinking it was brake related. Both places did different things and it still makes the sound. The first place claims to have turned the rotors and the second place replaced pads for me. If logic is anywhere in this problem, it would tell me that something is not "true". It's almost like something is warped and is grinding/rubbing metal on metal at some point in the rotation of the tire. I'm no brake expert, but I did get under there and look one day. My brake assembly did seem a little "loose" on that tire (I could grab it and move it left and right with my hand a little) so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it.
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