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Jeep Liberty Noises and Sounds

tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
Is your Liberty making strange sounds? Can't figure out the source of some mysterious noise? Are you being distracted by some irritating noise? We'll discuss it here!

Also, related discussions are being consolidated here so don't be concerned if some messages appear to be out of order! :)

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  • '02 Liberty with 90K running 5W-30 fully synthetic. Starter catches fine and starts right up, but any outside temp below about 40F and it sounds like a jet engine winding up or a wild cat with its tail in a fan under the hood. Only does this on cold starts and it goes away after about a block. No engine light, loss of power or anything else that would give me an obvious reason. I just don't want to find one morning this has caused some major damage somewhere. Any ideas??
  • nescosmonescosmo Posts: 453
    Luraye... It could be the fan clutch or the water pump.

  • I am having the same issue. Did you have it looked at? What did they determine?
  • I was told to have the serpentine (drive) belt changed. So, $100.00 later, the noise is less, but still present. A mechanic friend says that it is because it has just been so bleepin' cold (staying around zero). I've checked the fluid levels and since it quits once it warms up, I'm not going to worry about it until I can feel my toes again!! Let me know if you have any better luck!! :shades:
  • I've checked the other posts, under "ball joint" and others, but this may be different. My Liberty, w/ 42K miles, makes a seemingly random "grunt/thump" sound.I originally thought it was the rear tire brushing up against the tire well when turning in the parking garage. Then it happened when no turns were involved, so I thought it was the rear wiperblade moving against the dry windshield when hitting a bump in the road. Now it makes it randomly, even when stopped. It doesn't seem to do it at higher speeds. I've had my ball joints replaced, and it made the noise both before an after. I think it comes from the rear, others think it's from the front. Sounds like rubber against something. All else seems to function fine. Any ideas? Sorry for the long post.
  • goodcrdgoodcrd Posts: 253
    Have your tires checked. First run your hand over the treads and check for uneven wear. It may be a belt shifting in your tire. Use your spare and replace one side at a time. Drive it for a week with the spare on each side. If the sound stops the tire removed is the bad one.
    Good luck.
  • Hmm...I'm not sure that's it. Tread is evenly worn, for one. It sounds like rubber going over dry glass -- or a squeegee on a dry surface. It last no longer than a second. Kind of like a short burp.
  • cmhuntercmhunter Posts: 1
    okay, hopefully its not the same thing that mine is doing. i just had the ball joint recall fixed and then noticed a grunt noise similar to when you drive over the rumble strips on the expressway. (the things that wake up drivers running off the road) turns out my problem is the lock up torque converter on the transmission. the jeep dealership is going to look into it more tomorrow so i don't know exactly what the problem is. mine would only make the noise when i was going about 40-45 mph. close to 42. i have 38k miles and evidently was supposed to have the tranny fluid changed at 30k-didn't brush up on my manual-oops. but maybe you should have your lock up torque converter looked out...maybe there should be another recall if there are a lot of these happening on the jeep liberty? cuz i know messing with the tranny stuff is going to hurt me in the checkbook dept. good luck to you :sick:
  • At idles in the garage, start turning on ALL of your electrical "stuff", lights, fan, radio, dome, rear defroster, and see if it makes the sound. My alternator went bad shortly after the belt tensioner went bad and was replaced. You sporadic noise may be because the alternator will kick on only when it is needed. BTW, in my case, the alternator tested fine and the battery tested fine when hooked up to the machine. But when the tech LOOKED AT the alternator, he could stand than and watch it bobble and torque on its mounting bracket.

    Good luck,
  • chstockdchstockd Posts: 1
    I was in an accident two weeks ago. T boned some one that pulled out in front of me. Airbags never deployed. Has any one experienced the same problem or heard of an airbag issue in the 03 Jeep Liberty? Between this issue and the ball joint problem.....I am afraid to continue driving the vehicle.
  • I'll definitely check into both of these. The sound is primarily at lower speeds, but I think it has happened once or twice at 30mph+. Sounds like I have a duck under the rear wheel wells or something.

    chstockd, sorry, no experience (yet, thankfully) on the air bag thing.
  • boredbored Posts: 300
    Airbags are designed to deploy when necessary. Since they did not deploy, you probably did not need them and they would have done more harm than good.
  • libby73libby73 Posts: 2
    I have a '02 Liberty Limited 2WD with almost 60k miles. I drove about 300 miles yesterday, and when I turned off the engine last night, I heard a bubble/gurgling noise coming from under the hood.
    The noise lasted less than 5 minutes, and I noticed a little steam coming out from under the hood. This morning I checked and found no leaks anywhere and the coolant level was fine.
    Any ideas what it was?
  • Hello,

    Our 2005 Liberty Renegade has the usual windsield problems, we are on our third windshield now. About two months after the last replacement, we began hearing a relatively high-pitched whistle coming from the right side of the windshield or passenger door area. It is very hard to localize and sounds a lot like a one-note harmonica. It only happens above about 65 mph and is worse on hot days than cool ones.

    We've had the autoglass replacement techs look at it three times. The windshield is installed correctly and is sealed. No water leaks in. They even added a bead of that expanding foam insulation inside of the passenger side seal around the top of the door, to no avail.

    Has anyone else experienced anything like this? It's driving us nuts...
  • caribou1caribou1 Posts: 1,349
    I know two methods to locate thin cracks:

    - apply masking tape over the windshield joint and you progressively remove it until the noise comes back. Once an area is defined pour alcohol (from outside) along the joint. This should momentarily fill the crack and help locate the problem by stopping the whistle. Wax is later applied around that region. Alcohol also cleaned the surfaces.

    - a high frequency microphone (ultrasonic) that you drag around the periphery of the windshield from inside when the truck moves at 65 mph. A meter or diode indicator will reveal the high pitch sound source when passing above the crack.
  • caribou1caribou1 Posts: 1,349
    If you see steam and have not driven through a pond, you're loosing liquid :(
    Check your hose connections and rinse the gasket of your cooling circuit filler cap under running water. The aging antifreeze could make it stick and build overpressure. My hoses are still like new at an equivalent mileage.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Great tips! It sounds like a good candidate for a Guide - see the link at the top of this page.

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    SUVs and Smart Shopper
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