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Unread 03-29-2015, 01:46 AM   #1
draperjojo
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Creaks, clunks, and groans

I have 4 Liberty's that all make noises, some worse than others. The mileage on them is anywhere from 68K to 106K. I'm trying to narrow down the noises in each jeep to replace just those components. Is there a good way to determine that it is the tri link, or the sway bar bushings, or ?? I've looked at bushings but don't see unusual wear, pushed on the jeep but can't recreate the noise unless I'm hitting bumps in the road while driving it. What are the tricks, or the components that usually go bad?

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Unread 03-29-2015, 04:28 AM   #2
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Could also worn out ball joints, tierod ends, or CV's.
As far as the other parts, I just disassemble and then inspect.
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Unread 03-29-2015, 05:29 AM   #3
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rear upper control arm ball joint
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Unread 03-29-2015, 06:27 AM   #4
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Creaks and groans during colder weather is usually coming from the front sway bar bushings, just to to clean them good and all would be ok
Of course higher limage like in the 75,000 plus if its when driving the rear CV on the front driveshaft could be going bad, cheap fix ( 55-60 bucks)
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Unread 03-29-2015, 01:58 PM   #5
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for the trilink, use a pry bar and try to move the ball joint around. If you get any movement it's bad. When that ball joint goes it feels like the whole *** end of the jeep is about to fall apart when you hit even the smallest of bumps.

Check all bushings and ball joints with a prybar. I'm not going to get into the process of this because there are thousands of videos and tutorials online explaining how to do this. You can take the sway bar completely off and drive it to see if your noise stops if you suspect it's the problem.

As for squeaks and creaks, you can try spraying each bushing with WD-40 or the like one at a time to see if you can track down the noise.

If all else fails, you can turn the radio off and enjoy the jeep symphony!
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Unread 03-30-2015, 01:11 PM   #6
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Removing front sway bar is bad idea unless you only drive slowly and around your neighbor hood etc
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Unread 04-16-2015, 07:57 PM   #7
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New upper and lower rear control arm bushings and ball joint and all is quiet again.
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