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    So I started noticing the other night that I've developed a light squeeking sound coming from one of the front tires (I think). Almost sounds like baby birds chirping. It's barely noticeable, but definitely there. It happens intermittently, usually first thing in the morning, and only at low speeds.
    I've got 35k miles on the rubicon and just spent a weekend of light wheeling through GWNF.
    My initial thought was that it was just debris, so I power washed and cleaned the underside real well. The squeek was still there this morning.
    I've also had problems keeping the front tires balanced, don't know if this could be a symptom or cause of the squeek.
    So, now I'm thinking bad unit bearings or u joint?
    Is there an easy way to check these? I know very little about either.
    Any other ideas?

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    You have pressure washed all of the grease out of the damn joints!
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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCHarleyJeepGuy View Post
    You have pressure washed all of the grease out of the damn joints!
    Haha... yeah I thought about that, but the noise was there before I sprayed them down.

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    Did you swim it this weekend when you wheeled it? Seriously...grease every zerk down there and see if it helps, then go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCHarleyJeepGuy View Post
    Did you swim it this weekend when you wheeled it? Seriously...grease every zerk down there and see if it helps, then go from there.

    None of the water was deep. Maybe a foot at the most at dry river. Did go through some thick mud near salt shed, but there was no standing water in it.

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    Start with the easiest stuff first if you can't see anything rubbing...process of elimination Bro. Are you coming to the M&G tonight? If so, we can all give it a look and a listen.
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    I'm not going to be able to make it out tonight, still getting stuff put away from the weekend and it's my "turn" to make dinner tonight (guess I could leave her a hot pocket sitting next to the microwave ).

    I'm going to go grease everything and see from there.

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    Hit every zerk fitting and greased it all up. The noise was still there at low speeds (less than 10mph) and it almost sounded louder inside than outside on the drivers side. I'll have to get someone to walk along side now to see if it's coming from the passenger side. I seem to remember the unit bearing being much louder when it started to go on my last jeep. Didn't see any grease around any of the u joints. I'm still half wondering if it couldn't still just be dried mud making the noise.
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    Check your bearing man, or the axle yoke u-joint. I just went through all of this.

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