2000 Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 80000 miles
My Jeep is making a a whining sound while driving and it gets louder the faster I go. It starts making the noise around 20 mph and you can't really hear it when you are driving at highway speeds of over 55mph. It's really loud around 25-40 mph. I noticed it first at the end of last winter and it didn't seem to make the noise in the spring and summer. It has started again this winter and it's worse now. Much louder and unlike before where it would come and go. It is now making the noise all the time.
Ball joints and tie rods have been checked. I thought possible wheel bearings but 2 mechanics didn't think the noise sounded like wheel bearings.
I've taken it to a Jeep dealer and was told it was EVERYTHING associated with the front end. Ball joints, tie rods etc. When I asked specifically what was making the noise they didn't know except to say " all of it" That cost me $55. =( I have since had it looked out by 2 other mechanics and they have told me the ball joints and tie rods are fine.
Please, I'm at a loss and need help. I have a well respected mechanic looking at it now but even he is not sure what the noise is.
Has anyone expericenced this problem before? Any ideas or suggestions as to what it might be?
The Jeep only has 80,000 miles on it and I have owned it for the last 8-9 years (second owner) It's only seen highway/city driving. I get regular oil changes with full service where they check everything. I've never had problems with it until now. Only thing that was replaced was a fuel sensor.
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AT 3:33 PM