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Rear wheel squeak?

I just bought a jeep last Saturday, and I already have it in the shop, which is infuriating. I have this horrible squeaking noise coming from the right rear wheel area. I did some research, and people are saying it could be a bent axle, or bent flange. I highly doubt this is possible since I noticed it on Sunday, and the jeep had less than 50 miles on it. So what could be causing this? I took the jeep to the dealership today, but they instilled absolutely no confidence in me, and I want my jeep back, not sitting in a garage. Someone said it could be the brake pads "floating" inside the caliper, and that's causing the squeaking. Is that realistic? So what's up guys?
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does sound just like a bent flange.. but with only 50 miles.. i wouldnt think so ?
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does sound just like a bent flange.. but with only 50 miles.. i wouldnt think so ?
I bought the jeep with 44 miles on it. So it had been test driven a little bit, but surely no one bent a flange on a test drive?! How involved is that to change? Meaning, how long am I probably going to be without my jeep?
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Did it squeak on your test drive?.....

If it is the flange replacing the shaft is an easy job but your dealing with the dealership so who knows how long it will be there. They throw out some part on order bullshit have them pull a shaft off one on the lot if they need to.

Stock flanges are weak at best and could also have been tweaked during shipping possibly. Good luck getting it resolved.

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Did it squeak on your test drive?.....

If it is the flange replacing the shaft is an easy job but your dealing with the dealership so who knows how long it will be there. They throw out some part on order bullshit have them pull a shaft off one on the lot if they need to.

Stock flanges are weak at best and could also have been tweaked during shipping possibly. Good luck getting it resolved.

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They called me and told me they swear they can't hear a squeaking. I told them I would not be bringing my jeep back to them. I really don't want to do work on a jeep I've owned a week, but if it gets it done faster, I might. I hate dealing with dumb stuff like this...
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They called me and told me they swear they can't hear a squeaking. I told them I would not be bringing my jeep back to them.

That's what they want to hear, that it won't be coming back.

This is a brand new jeep? They need to make it right.

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I may be way off base here, and I may be jumping to conclusions, and I may be making a baseless accusation based on your age....


but did you do any offroading or wheeling within those first fifteen miles ???? try flexing it out ???? must have done something if it wasn't there during your test drive and then it was there the next day




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mine does this to, i guess its the brakes as when i apply slight pedal it goes away. i have ten factory shafts so i hope the flange isnt bent on mine

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I may be way off base here, and I may be jumping to conclusions, and I may be making a baseless accusation based on your age....


but did you do any offroading or wheeling within those first fifteen miles ???? try flexing it out ???? must have done something if it wasn't there during your test drive and then it was there the next day




I only ask because I know what i did with my first jeep at 18 !
No, And the only reason I didn't was because of the squeak. Otherwise I wouldn't have taken a second thought to it.
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That's what they want to hear, that it won't be coming back.

This is a brand new jeep? They need to make it right.
It is brand new, and there is a dealership a lot closer to my house that I trust a lot more that is also a Jeep dealership, who will be getting my business. I just went to the first one because that was where I bought the Jeep. I guess my only recourse now is word-of-mouth and dealer reviews. But I've heard of dealers hassling people who give them bad reviews...
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mine does this to, i guess its the brakes as when i apply slight pedal it goes away. i have ten factory shafts so i hope the flange isnt bent on mine
It's funny you say that because I read on another form that a guy figured out his caliper was allowing the pads to sort of float inside of the caliper, and without the proper pressure, they would squeak. He found some type of product that is applied to the back of the pads that stops them from moving around, and he said his squeak was gone. So I'm going to look into that! I absolutely hate that I have a brand new jeep under a week old, and I'm already doing my own maintenance. That was the whole reason I got out of my 12 year old truck!
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Every time I do brakes I spray the backs of the pads with brake anti-squeal spray. It is available at all the major auto parts stores. Do not get it on the braking surface of the pad. It more or less glues the pad to the caliper pistons so the pads can't float around and squeal. It cleans off real easy with brake cleaner so it not something that is permanent or thing to worry about.
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Every time I do brakes I spray the backs of the pads with brake anti-squeal spray. It is available at all the major auto parts stores. Do not get it on the braking surface of the pad. It more or less glues the pad to the caliper pistons so the pads can't float around and squeal. It cleans off real easy with brake cleaner so it not something that is permanent or thing to worry about.
Is there a cure time for this product? I'm very mechanically incline, but never owned a jeep. Anything special or out of the ordinary required for this? I assume just pull caliper, slide out pads, apply product, and reverse?
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Is there a cure time for this product? I'm very mechanically incline, but never owned a jeep. Anything special or out of the ordinary required for this? I assume just pull caliper, slide out pads, apply product, and reverse?

You can pull the caliper if you are also doing anything to the rotor like turning it or replacing it. If not, just remove the caliper slide bolts to get to the pads.

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https://www.bgprod.com/catalog/brake.../#bg-product-7

this is a brake anti Squeal Product I give highest recommendations to. You apply it directly to the face of the pad. Also use synthetic brake grease on the caliper pins to ensure the caliper is free to slide on them.
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If the sound is constant, then it's probably just a floating pad. It's a common issue and easy to fix, as others have said. Also, the OEM pads are notorious for squealing, so even if you get your "problem"squeal to go away, you may have a squeal on braking.

On the other hand, a bent flange will not make a constant sound. Instead, as the flange wobbles out of true, you will get a cyclical sound, maybe even as pronounced as a "squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, . . ."

I would recommend the anti-squeal spray or grease, or whatever product you want to try, and then if that doesn't fix it, do some diagnostic work to try and isolate where the issue is. BUT (and this is the proverbial big but), if this is a brand new Jeep, then the Dealer ought to be doing ALL of this, and doing it at no charge. Yes, you'll be out of your Jeep for a while, but if it's an issue, press them for a loaner.

And if you can't get satisfaction from the dealer, you can always escalate it , even to the regional customer service rep from Jeep if need be. It's the selling dealer's job to take care of any little issues that crop up after the sale. If he doesn't, then he's not representing the manufacturer in such a way as to keep their customers.

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Is there a cure time for this product? I'm very mechanically incline, but never owned a jeep. Anything special or out of the ordinary required for this? I assume just pull caliper, slide out pads, apply product, and reverse?
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I just bought a jeep last Saturday, and I already have it in the shop, which is infuriating. I have this horrible squeaking noise coming from the right rear wheel area. I did some research, and people are saying it could be a bent axle, or bent flange. I highly doubt this is possible since I noticed it on Sunday, and the jeep had less than 50 miles on it. So what could be causing this? I took the jeep to the dealership today, but they instilled absolutely no confidence in me, and I want my jeep back, not sitting in a garage. Someone said it could be the brake pads "floating" inside the caliper, and that's causing the squeaking. Is that realistic? So what's up guys?
I'm in your same shoes. bought mine about a month ago and had the same inconsistent squeak noise from the right side at certain speeds. I didn't worry too much about it because I figured it was a brand new car and all the components were just getting settled in. Im at about ~1500 miles now and don't notice it anymore so it may have fixed itself.....or I'm pushing the limits of my alpine system more often

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