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Unread 07-05-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Chirping bird sound

04 Rubicon with 3.5 RE lift. Jeep has started making a sound kind of like a scolding bird chirping when I'm driving. Sometimes might go 50 miles and never hear it, the next time just barely get going and here it a lot. Sometimes it is just a chirp, then a chirp chirp, then a short chirp, then a long string that you wonder if it will ever quit. At first I thought it was just me, but my wife has noticed and my son has heard it so I know it's there. Have 70k on odometer, have the front drive shaft off right now. Can feel just a little bit of play in front hubs when grabbing tires top and bottom and working back and forth. Just drained, cleaned, and refilled front diff with new oil, didn't notice hardly any metalic in oil, just black colored. Saw a post the other day, somebody mentioned angry sparrow sound, got me to thinkin somebody else may have had to deal with this also. Any ideas or input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Unread 07-05-2010, 10:00 PM   #2
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04 Rubicon with 3.5 RE lift. Jeep has started making a sound kind of like a scolding bird chirping when I'm driving. Sometimes might go 50 miles and never hear it, the next time just barely get going and here it a lot. Sometimes it is just a chirp, then a chirp chirp, then a short chirp, then a long string that you wonder if it will ever quit. At first I thought it was just me, but my wife has noticed and my son has heard it so I know it's there. Have 70k on odometer, have the front drive shaft off right now. Can feel just a little bit of play in front hubs when grabbing tires top and bottom and working back and forth. Just drained, cleaned, and refilled front diff with new oil, didn't notice hardly any metalic in oil, just black colored. Saw a post the other day, somebody mentioned angry sparrow sound, got me to thinkin somebody else may have had to deal with this also. Any ideas or input would be appreciated. Thanks.
If you pulled the front DS and the noise persists try replacing and pulling the rear. The problem with this noise is that almost every single squeek a Jeep makes sounds like an angry bird! If you still can't find it start using penetrating oil until you nail it down.
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Unread 07-05-2010, 10:03 PM   #3
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Is it making the chirp since you removed the front driveshaft?
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Unread 11-27-2010, 05:26 PM   #4
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Finally discovered my chirping bird sound! My e-brake cable on the passenger side comes unhooked from the actuator arm on the brake backing plate. Somehow this lets something get loose enough to just rub a little bit inside the disc/drum and make this scrape/chirp noise. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is why the dumb thing won't stay hooked up always. Nothing appears bent and the bracket holds the cable at the same angle on that side as on the other side. It's just every so often when I use the e-brake and release it, then it will start this sound again and I know it's unhooked. Hook it back up and sound disappears. Any thoughts?
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