I own a 2007 Jeep Compass (automatic transmission). I have had it just over five years (just paid off two months ago) and it has a little over 78,000 miles on it. I have had few problems with it (the stuttering from a stopped position being about my only complaint) and have only had to have no major work (outside a front end alignment) on it.
Yesterday, I noticed both a grinding and a rattling sound when driving it. It was not too bad but became worse today. My husband and I came to the conclusion that the front brake pads need to be replaced, and will do so next week-end, when we have the time and money. However, we cannot figure out what the rattling sound is. It appears to come from the front middle of the Jeep and beside rattling, it also sounds like something may be loose and dragging on the ground. We had a rare rain today so were not able to look underneath and see if anything were loose or not. The noise may also have been going on for longer, but I wouldn't know since I jam to 80's rock most of the time I am in my Jeep.
I read this thread -- http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f98/r...noise-1190289/
--and it gave tie rods as the possible cause of that person's rattling problem. My husband and his brother will check out the tie rods when they are changing the brakes, but it would be nice to know if those should be changed so they can do it at the same time. I wish I could describe the noise better (which did not occur on the way back from a "test drive to hear the noise" drive), but given the information I have provided, can any of you please give me suggestions? I'm a mom and fearful of anything going wrong with my Jeep while the little kids are with me, and this mysterious noise plus the bad brakes are not helping much.
Thank you so much in advance!