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RWIck03
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:52 pm    Post subject: Chirping from front end Reply with quote

I have a 2001 Cherokee and it is making this chirping sound that is driving me crazy. It sounds as though there is a cricket somewhere in the front end. It only chirps when it is cold outside or if the car has sat for several hours. It stops chirping after 10 minutes of driving or so. I have taken it to the dealership several times, but it is hard to diagnose since the problem isn't always there. The U-joints and belts all appear to be fine. Any ideas from anyone would be great.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be any number of things. Does the chriping increase with vehicle speed, engine RPM or does it remain constant?

If it increases with vehicle speed it's either the u-joints (driveshaft or wheels), unit bearings or centering joint in the front driveshaft. My bet is on the latter. They dry out pretty easily and are a PITA to lube. A quick check is to remove the front driveshaft and see if the noise disappears.

If it increases with RPM it could be one of the pulleys (water pump, idler, power steering, A/C, alternator), the A/C clutch going bad, or the belt...my guess would be the belt. Try getting some of that belt grip spray and see if it goes away.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chirping usually starts around 15mph and is constant regardless of speed (doesn't get any faster or slower) and it stops once I slow back down through around 15mph. It doesn't chirp at idle at all, which makes me think it isn't belt related. I'll give taking out the driveshaft a try and see if that solves anything.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it do it when you cut off the engine? kinda like a squeek? my jeep does that but only when i cut it off...my guess would be belts also
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