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post #1 of 4 Old 05-23-2020, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with a noise

Hello, it’s been a while since I posted. I was hoping someone could help me with a noise that seems to be coming from underneath my Jeep. It sounds similar to what a Cicada sounds like. It’s an odd squeal/squeak that happens at speed and only every few minutes. It’s not a belt - sounds more metallic. I was thinking t-case rear bearing possibly.

Has anyone ever had a similar experience? What did you do?

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-23-2020, 09:46 AM
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My hood latches squeak pretty good. When I first drove my Jeep I thought it was coming from the front suspension. After I drove it a while I replace the latches and it went away for a little while, but now it is back...and Im used to it, so it is no longer an issue.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-23-2020, 09:52 AM
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Could literally be any bushing; I'd start by seeing if you can recreate it byhaving a buddy pushing up/down on each corner. Check your shackle and shocks in particular.

If it's only while running/ driving, could be a belt, or possibly bearing, or even steering?


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post #4 of 4 Old 05-23-2020, 01:53 PM
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It sounds like it could be the hoods latches. Just squeeze some grease inside the ball pivots and lube them up. While you're at it, lube their shafts as well. Also, does it do it at acceleration? Have you noticed any slight power loss? It could be a loose timing chain as well that expands causing the chain to rub the sides of the cover when you rev it.
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