My jeeps brakes were squeaking pretty bad after a sandy off road trip. But it was easy to figure out that the front left was the squeaker Just standing outside the jeep and having someone drive slowly and apply the brakes you could pinpoint the wheel easily.
But the pads were still about 1/2 life. I figured they probably got some sand stuck between them and the rotor or something, plus I figured they were probably cheap pads from the previous owner. So I went ahead and replaced the front brake pads with Wagner Thermoquiet ceramic pads. I also inspected the rotors, but they were still in pretty good shape. I inspected the rear pads/rotors but those were still at least half life also and didn't appear to be giving me any noise at the time.
That fixed the main squeaking noise. Its now completely silent when applying brakes (Great!) But now I have a strange squeaking that only happens when im NOT applying the brakes, and only happens from a stop to about 20mph. It also sounds like its rotating, its not constant. Its a high pitched "squeak squeak squeak" that increases in frequency until about 20-25mph and then it stops. (It NEVER does it above that speed). Also if I apply the brakes even the slightest bit, it stops until I let go of the brake and it will start back up again until I reach 20mph or so.
I can't seem to pinpoint the squeak. My dad told me it could actually be a u-joint squeaking and not the brakes at all. But I feel like it has to do something with the brakes because it stops when applying the brakes.
Its really frustrating between the squeaking and me also trying to diagnose my front end clunking/popping while turning. My once great sounding jeep is now full of noises.
Anyone have any ideas? I don't have the money or time to replace all the rotors / pads etc. And the pads in front are brand new, everything else is at about 1/2 life. Rotors seemed ok. I can't figure it out.