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Unread 11-25-2014, 12:56 PM   #1
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squeaky wheel

I got the squeaky wheel problem. It sounds like it is coming from the front passenger wheel area. It speeds up and slows down with my Rubicon. Contrary to some other forum searches; this squeak does not go away when I turn the wheel. My squeak does seem to go away when it is warm outside?!?!? It has been at its loudest with our recent cold days. It was nonexistent yesterday when it was over 60 degrees outside. Iím hoping it is not too cold on Thanksgiving Day, so I can remove the wheel and take a look. Any ideas what to look at?

I don't think it is the driveshaft. I installed a Tom Woods driveshaft last year.

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Unread 11-25-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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I've had a rotational squeak come from a front wheel before and it ended up being a unit bearing.
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Unread 11-25-2014, 03:47 PM   #3
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You could try pulling the front driveshaft to rule that out for sure
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Unread 11-25-2014, 03:50 PM   #4
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I don't think it is the driveshaft. I installed a Tom Woods driveshaft last year.
But have you regularly greased the centering ball?
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Unread 11-25-2014, 10:44 PM   #5
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But have you regularly greased the centering ball?
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I diddn't think TW used the grease-able Cardon Joints ???
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I diddn't think TW used the grease-able Cardon Joints ???
Every driveshaft I've bought from him has both greaseable ujoints and centering ball unless you specifically request otherwise.
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Probably not relevant, but the rubber boot at the bottom of the steering column on the inside of the firewall squeaks on mine when it is cold... WD-40 would fix that issue.
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Could be your hub bearing. Had mine go out a few years back. Take your tire off and take a look at the bearing. There is a rubber gasket that keeps the races clean, and mine was toast when it started making noises. Our Jeeps do not have serviceable bearings, so if yours is making that noise, you'll need to replace the whole hub. If that's the case, I would start soaking your hub bolts (three bolts on the back side of your knuckle) with PB Blaster now. If I remember right, mine was about $80 at autozone.

IIRC, all you do to replace it is jack up the jeep, remove the tire, remove the brake caliper, remove the rotor, loosen the axle nut, then remove the three bolts holding the hub to the knuckle. Those take a 12 point 13 mm I think. After those are out, you can take a 1 and 1/2 inch socket extension and use that to help remove the hub. Luckily for me, my hub came off without much fuss, but if you're in the rust belt, I wish you luck!

Hope that helps!
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