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#1 10-29-2008 16:20:39

moses
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 14

Re: Track bar

I'm curious if you would need a track bar if that would be something that'll make a sound like a pig's squeel (metal on metal friction)
when you turn or hit a bump. My shocks aren't what's making a sound, it's something in my front end when I hit bumps. I thought it might have just been a ball joint, but not quite sure. I've had 3 people at work look, but they can only tell me that it's something near my left front tire close to the tire.

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#2 10-29-2008 16:21:04

lovin
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 2

Re: Track bar

I vote for ball joints.  You also have vibration problems and a scraping noise when you turn the wheel.  What you have been saying so far is not indicative of a bad track bar.  The only other thing you need to check is the bushings to see if the rubber is worn out in them

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#3 12-10-2012 18:38:45

moses
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Re: Track bar

I thought that it would've been that because there was a "pop" sound around that area soon after I lubed the grease fittings during an oil change once. Are ball joints usually expensive? How bout paying to have them installed? Could this be done for less than $100 or am I dreaming? Oh.... would this also cause a vibration?

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#4 12-10-2012 18:47:21

stevil
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Registered: 04-29-2009
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Re: Track bar

I don't know what it would cost since I do almost 100% of my own work.  It does require special tools however to press the ball joints in and out. 

If your joints are worn to the point of scraping, it very well could cause a death wobble since the alignment would change slightly during the vibration.  If a good front end man gets it on a rack he will be able to tell you.  It would be $40 well spent and end your speculation as well as saving you money on parts you don't need.

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#5 12-10-2012 18:56:07

moses
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: Track bar

I'm going to try having someone look at my Jeep at work today and then see if I can get the shop I work in to install them. I just do the basic oil changes and tire work. However, it's easier for me to diagnose other people's cars when they're on my lift than my own. Balljoints are something I need a 2nd person to watch as I jack up the vehicle and use a pry-bar under the tire lifting it up and down to see how worn the part is. When it's me by myself, it's difficult.

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#6 12-10-2012 18:58:38

gerg
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Registered: 01-18-2010
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Re: Track bar

I got this quick chirp noise (or short squeal) from the same place when hitting bumps or on hard turns - it turned out to be the anti-sway bar rubbing up against a bolt head in the wheel well area. It was a pain to find - I eventually noticed the scraped look of the bolt head. The sway bar was off-center due to bushing wear. I put new bushings on the sway bar and it went away.

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#7 12-10-2012 20:34:29

moses
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: Track bar

My sound definitely sounds like a balljoint. If it was the sway bar, then I think I would hear it all the time, but I don't. However, I do know that I need to eventually replace my front sway bar. I'm looking to buy quick disconnects for it. I think that the last time I went offroad, I further damaged my front sway bar. The linkage looks so weak right now.

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