Stock Grand Cherokee Tech. All ZJ/WJ/WK Non-modified/stock questions go here! ZJ (93-98), WJ (99-04), WK (05+)
All ZJ/WJ/WK specific tech questions asked here!

creeking while turning

Old 05-15-2019, 12:13 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Matthews, NC
Posts: 69
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Year: 96
Model: Grand Cherokee (ZJ)
Engine: 5.2
Default creeking while turning

I have a 96 ZJ 5.2L. I have creeking while I turn. It doesnt clunk, just kind of a creeking noice. I jacked up the front end and did the ball joints test and they are fine. My tie rods are also new. I can feel it kind of vibrate a bit under my feet while im driving which makes me think its the steering shaft? If thats the case do I replace the shaft? Or, what else could it be? Thanks!
50.Cal is offline  
Old 05-15-2019, 07:14 AM
  #2  
CF Veteran
 
00t444e's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Southern OH
Posts: 2,001
Received 13 Likes on 12 Posts
Year: 1997
Model: Cherokee(XJ)
Engine: 4.0
Default

It could be the front axle CV or U-joints.
00t444e is offline  
Old 05-17-2019, 07:54 PM
  #3  
CF Veteran
 
dave1123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Manlius, east of Syracuse, NY
Posts: 11,738
Likes: 0
Received 24 Likes on 23 Posts
Year: 2000 XJ Sport & WJ Laredo
Model: Grand Cherokee (WJ)
Engine: 4.0L
Default

The front end of my WJ creaked when turning and it turned out the lower ball joints were bad. They seemed fine when jacked up, but with the weight on the ground, the axle horn was resting on the steering knuckle and rubbing metal-to-metal. There should be NO vertical movement in the joint. Use a pry bar to lift the wheel after being jacked up and watch the joint. NOTE: the upper joints do have motion in them to compensate for temperature changes and lower joint wear.
dave1123 is offline  
Old 05-18-2019, 07:24 PM
  #4  
CF Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lost in the wilds of Virginia
Posts: 4,712
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Year: 1998 Classic (I'll get it running soon....) and 96 (just purchased) and 02 Grand
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0
Default

Just be glad it's not rivering.
BlueRidgeMark is offline  
Old 05-18-2019, 11:07 PM
  #5  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Matthews, NC
Posts: 69
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Year: 96
Model: Grand Cherokee (ZJ)
Engine: 5.2
Default

I'm on it. I'm going to check that first thing tomorrow. Thanks!
50.Cal is offline  
Old 05-19-2019, 09:30 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: AV Kalifornia
Posts: 601
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Year: 1996
Model: Grand Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

is your track bar mount bolted to the frame? check those as well.
jon-d is offline  
Old 05-19-2019, 09:46 PM
  #7  
CF Veteran
 
dave1123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Manlius, east of Syracuse, NY
Posts: 11,738
Likes: 0
Received 24 Likes on 23 Posts
Year: 2000 XJ Sport & WJ Laredo
Model: Grand Cherokee (WJ)
Engine: 4.0L
Default

Originally Posted by BlueRidgeMark View Post
Just be glad it's not rivering.

What's this "rivering" of which you speak?
dave1123 is offline  
Old 05-20-2019, 06:30 AM
  #8  
CF Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lost in the wilds of Virginia
Posts: 4,712
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Year: 1998 Classic (I'll get it running soon....) and 96 (just purchased) and 02 Grand
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0
Default

Originally Posted by dave1123 View Post
What's this "rivering" of which you speak?

It's a bigger problem than creeking, in the same way that rivers are bigger than creeks.
BlueRidgeMark is offline  
Old 05-20-2019, 04:11 PM
  #9  
CF Veteran
 
dave1123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Manlius, east of Syracuse, NY
Posts: 11,738
Likes: 0
Received 24 Likes on 23 Posts
Year: 2000 XJ Sport & WJ Laredo
Model: Grand Cherokee (WJ)
Engine: 4.0L
Default

Oh, I get it! A pun on the misspelling. You can't expect too much from today's education system, can you?
dave1123 is offline  
Old 05-20-2019, 09:47 PM
  #10  
CF Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lost in the wilds of Virginia
Posts: 4,712
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Year: 1998 Classic (I'll get it running soon....) and 96 (just purchased) and 02 Grand
Model: Cherokee (XJ)
Engine: 4.0
Default

Originally Posted by dave1123 View Post
Oh, I get it! A pun on the misspelling. You can't expect too much from today's education system, can you?
Not. The current political scene confirms it, too.
BlueRidgeMark is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
byrns149
Stock XJ Cherokee Tech. All XJ Non-modified/stock questions go here
2
06-11-2015 01:38 PM
zjjerk
Modified XJ Cherokee Tech
5
07-17-2012 12:44 PM
x91j
Stock Grand Cherokee Tech. All ZJ/WJ/WK Non-modified/stock questions go here!
64
01-25-2011 09:28 PM
68alltheway
Stock Grand Cherokee Tech. All ZJ/WJ/WK Non-modified/stock questions go here!
11
03-10-2010 09:47 AM
ArmySgt97
Stock XJ Cherokee Tech. All XJ Non-modified/stock questions go here
4
03-01-2009 07:58 PM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: creeking while turning


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description: