Front end noise

WhenchonWhenchon Member Posts: 2
edited April 2021 in Jeep
Why does my 2006 jeep liberty make a sound like turning wheels on a smooth concrete garage floor either way i turn. Its kind of hard to explain. the only way to explain it is the rubbery sound like tires on a smooth surface


  • capriracercapriracer Member Posts: 901
    Could it be tires on a smooth surface? If you are turning the steering wheel without moving forward, the outer edges of the tires have to slide relative to the floor. Could that be it?
  • WhenchonWhenchon Member Posts: 2
    It does it while turning into a parking lot or something
  • capriracercapriracer Member Posts: 901
    Loose or worn power steering belt?
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Member Posts: 5,631
    Trying to guess what is causing a noise is more likely to be wrong than right. I can think of several likely sources for the kind of sound that you are describing. One of the most common is the lower ball joint but don't go an change them just because it's one of the possible answers, you need to try to prove it first.

    When the lower ball joints dry out they will make a creaking sound (very similar to tires on a smooth surface) when the wheels turn as well as when the suspension height changes. If you have room, having an assistant turn the wheels while listening to the joint with a stethoscope or feeling the lower control arm for vibrations matching the sound is one way to try to prove if they are the source. A big note of caution here, it would be very easy to get hurt, pinched by moving parts while trying to examine the suspension system. This is where a technician in a shop has a big advantage if they have an alignment rack on which to raise the vehicle and inspect it.

    If the ball joints don't seem to be the source, a tool such as Steelman Chassis Ears can really help.
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