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Unread 10-16-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
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Squeak in right, front wheel

Ok, this has been annoying me for quite some time. I have this really annoying squeak in the front passenger side wheel. I don't know how to explain it other than it's a rotational squeak, so as I speed up, the frequency of the squeak gets faster. The other thing is when I press the brakes the squeak goes away.

I thought it was the brake pads, but I replaced those about a month ago and the squeak is still there. The only other thing I noticed when changing the brake pads is that passenger side rotor is pretty grooved and the old pads had worn funny. That day I had changed the pads was on a weekend so there weren't any brake places open to spin them, and I've just been to lazy with school to do it. Maybe I'll get around to it this weekend, but I'm not sure that will solve the problem.

The only other thing I could think of it being the wheel bearing...

Any other Ideas?

Oh, and I greased everything a couple weekends ago, not that I expected that to fix anything.

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Unread 10-16-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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Could be a sticking brake caliper. The Unit bearings are not serviceable. Do you have any vibrations in the wheel?
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Unread 10-16-2010, 06:08 PM   #3
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Could be a sticking brake caliper. The Unit bearings are not serviceable. Do you have any vibrations in the wheel?
Hmm, I never thought of a sticky caliper not really sure how I would go about fixing that. I know the bearing aren't serviceable and would have to be completely replaced. As for vibrations, for a Jeep that has horribly balanced tires/wheels and hasn't had an alignment in a while, I barely get any vibrations in the wheel. The only time I get vibes is at 65-75 but they are small.

P.s. I'm getting new tires and wheels next summer, and a couple weeks ago when I was driving out of my neighborhood I had a wheel come off. When it came off it took out all the wheel weights. So don't give me crap about the balanced tires.
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Unread 10-16-2010, 06:18 PM   #4
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was that wheel by chance the front right?
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Unread 10-16-2010, 07:17 PM   #5
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was that wheel by chance the front right?
Actually it wasn't, it was the back drivers.
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Okay you need to explain what led up to your wheel falling off...those things are on there pretty good.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 12:27 AM   #7
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Okay you need to explain what led up to your wheel falling off...those things are on there pretty good.
Well, it doesn't have anything to do with the squeak, but... basically when my dad and I had done the brakes, when we put the tires back on he used the impact wrench, like we have always done. I'm still not exactly sure but slowly the lugs came loose, then one morning driving to school I'm still in the neighborhood and bam, the wheel falls off. I was going so slow, that when I had come to a stop the axle hub was sitting on the inside of the wheel. Found three lug nuts, none were stripped (neither were the studs) and I'm guessing the others had come off over time.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 07:55 AM   #8
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Can you make it squeek with the jeep in the air and spinning the tire by hand? If you haven't done so, try that.
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Could be your u joints. If there is any play in them they are shot.
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Can you make it squeek with the jeep in the air and spinning the tire by hand? If you haven't done so, try that.
Haven't tried that. This week when I address the rotor I'll do this.

Thanks for the suggestions guys! Anyone got more info on the wheel bearing? Or a good thread about it.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 11:12 AM   #11
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Could be your u joints. If there is any play in them they are shot.
Ah, totally forgot about that. My dad claims he recently replaced them (couple years ago) but he never replaced them with grease-able ones. So to check this you jack that wheel off the ground, spin it, and look for play?
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Unread 10-17-2010, 11:20 AM   #12
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Well, it doesn't have anything to do with the squeak, but... basically when my dad and I had done the brakes, when we put the tires back on he used the impact wrench, like we have always done. I'm still not exactly sure but slowly the lugs came loose, then one morning driving to school I'm still in the neighborhood and bam, the wheel falls off. I was going so slow, that when I had come to a stop the axle hub was sitting on the inside of the wheel. Found three lug nuts, none were stripped (neither were the studs) and I'm guessing the others had come off over time.
Sounds more like someone took a lug wrench to them for you and wanted this to happen.....
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Unread 10-17-2010, 11:22 AM   #13
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Sounds more like someone took a lug wrench to them for you and wanted this to happen.....
Yeah I don't know. But since it's happened we're no longer using the impact wrench and I check my lugs often.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 11:28 AM   #14
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probably u-joint or axel joint
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Unread 10-17-2010, 11:30 AM   #15
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probably u-joint or axel joint
U-joint makes sense, but what still bugs me is the fact the squeak stop the second I tap the brakes.
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