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Unread 10-05-2009, 08:17 AM   #1
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Groaning/Whining Noise When Turning

I have this strange groaning/whining noise that appears when I am turning the Jeep (2004 Sahara) either to the left or right. Does not make any noise when driving straight. It is a loud noise. Have no idea what it could be. It is more noticeable when turning slowly. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks!

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Unread 10-05-2009, 08:18 AM   #2
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Power steering fluid is low

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Unread 10-05-2009, 04:19 PM   #3
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Could be a bad wheel bearing as well if it seems to only make this noise while your rig is moving. If you still have the noise while sitting still x2 on the power steering fluid being low.
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Unread 10-05-2009, 04:54 PM   #4
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Does it sound like Chewbacca? Mine did that when turning. There is a rubber grommet where your steering shaft goes through the firewall. work your lubricant of choice between the steering shaft and this grommet. May not be what it is but I do know it is a very common issue for Jeep owners.

Edit - To say that if it is the grommet it is completely harmless. Many Jeep owners grow to know and love their Jeep Wookie.
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Unread 10-05-2009, 05:06 PM   #5
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I second the check power steering fluid level.
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Unread 10-05-2009, 05:34 PM   #6
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are you trying to push it past full lock? the PS pump could be straining if you're doing that

otherwise, check the fluid level
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Unread 10-05-2009, 07:17 PM   #7
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Does it sound like Chewbacca? Mine did that when turning. There is a rubber grommet where your steering shaft goes through the firewall. work your lubricant of choice between the steering shaft and this grommet. May not be what it is but I do know it is a very common issue for Jeep owners.

Edit - To say that if it is the grommet it is completely harmless. Many Jeep owners grow to know and love their Jeep Wookie.
x2 on this suggestion, had the same problem on my 98. Fixed with a shot of white lithium grease.
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Unread 08-16-2010, 12:53 AM   #8
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I have this strange groaning/whining noise that appears when I am turning the Jeep (2004 Sahara) either to the left or right. Does not make any noise when driving straight. It is a loud noise. Have no idea what it could be. It is more noticeable when turning slowly. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks!
Last week, I bought an '04 TJ "X" and it has a similar problem... although it's a bit inconsistent. It groans during slow-speed turns (both L and R), but ONLY if I've been driving the Jeep for a while. No noise when driving straight, and the noise is louder on slower turns. If the Jeep has been sitting for an hour or two before I drive it, there is no noise during turns at any speed. The groans are loudest after I've been driving at freeway speed... after exiting, the groaning almost becomes a popping sound during a slow turn.

The PS fluid level is fine... I've checked it a few times. I've jacked up the front end and tried to 'rock' the wheels back/forth (checking for u-joint play), but they seem fine. The Jeep drives straight & true... no shimmies or wandering at any speed. Stock wheels & suspension (no lift... yet).

I will try the lithium lube on the steering wheel grommet (at the firewall), but it seems my symptoms are more than just a grommet needing lubrication. I sure hope I'm wrong. In the meantime, I'd welcome any ideas for other things I can/should inspect. Thx
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Unread 08-16-2010, 03:40 AM   #9
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Last week, I bought an '04 TJ "X" and it has a similar problem... although it's a bit inconsistent. It groans during slow-speed turns (both L and R), but ONLY if I've been driving the Jeep for a while. No noise when driving straight, and the noise is louder on slower turns. If the Jeep has been sitting for an hour or two before I drive it, there is no noise during turns at any speed. The groans are loudest after I've been driving at freeway speed... after exiting, the groaning almost becomes a popping sound during a slow turn.

The PS fluid level is fine... I've checked it a few times. I've jacked up the front end and tried to 'rock' the wheels back/forth (checking for u-joint play), but they seem fine. The Jeep drives straight & true... no shimmies or wandering at any speed. Stock wheels & suspension (no lift... yet).

I will try the lithium lube on the steering wheel grommet (at the firewall), but it seems my symptoms are more than just a grommet needing lubrication. I sure hope I'm wrong. In the meantime, I'd welcome any ideas for other things I can/should inspect. Thx

Same story here, on my '97, but what gets me, is my P/S pump leaks, but the fluids are fine? I think my jeep might be crying
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RT8827......I read your post and I think you might be driving my Jeep....but really. The description of your problen is the EXACT problem that I am having. Did you ever figure out what was causing it?

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I think I may have the same issue here.
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Tell your chic in the passenger seat to shut up. The Jeep will NOT tip over. I had that issue for a long time until I started leaving her home.
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Unread 02-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #13
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me too, me too... 04 tj x any one figure it out??
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Unread 02-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #14
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I just bought my 01 jeep cherokee and before i signed papers they told me this sound was a carrier bearing? sounded like a wheel bearing when turning during test drive but will have to see when i pick it up tomorrow..wish me luck
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Unread 06-08-2012, 12:49 PM   #15
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Last week, I bought an '04 TJ "X" and it has a similar problem... although it's a bit inconsistent. It groans during slow-speed turns (both L and R), but ONLY if I've been driving the Jeep for a while. No noise when driving straight, and the noise is louder on slower turns. If the Jeep has been sitting for an hour or two before I drive it, there is no noise during turns at any speed. The groans are loudest after I've been driving at freeway speed... after exiting, the groaning almost becomes a popping sound during a slow turn.

The PS fluid level is fine... I've checked it a few times. I've jacked up the front end and tried to 'rock' the wheels back/forth (checking for u-joint play), but they seem fine. The Jeep drives straight & true... no shimmies or wandering at any speed. Stock wheels & suspension (no lift... yet).

I will try the lithium lube on the steering wheel grommet (at the firewall), but it seems my symptoms are more than just a grommet needing lubrication. I sure hope I'm wrong. In the meantime, I'd welcome any ideas for other things I can/should inspect. Thx
since nobody came back to update, does anyone know what this could be? i just bought an 06 with this exact problem. the noise is only noticeable after the jeep is good and warmed up.

I too gave the tires a good shaking and noticed no movement. it almost sounds as if there is some resistance somewhere. I'm about to lose it with this thing
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