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#75 of 77 03 Liberty front noise
Oct 23, 2010 (7:32 am)
I have an 03 Liberty Sport 3.7. I've been reading a lot on this forum. I wasn't aware of any type of recall on lower ball joints. I just started to hear a squeeking type noise coming from the front. To try and pin point where the noise is coming from, I put the car in netural, I slowly turned the wheels. The noise is most prominant when the wheels are almost all the way to the left, turning to the right doesn't seem to make the noise. It sound like a rubber screeching sound, it is definintly coming from up front. the car has 130K on it, just had front brakes redone about 2months ago. Any ideas out there? I've been reading here a lot about problems with ball joints and control arm/bushing problems. Would I still be able to get the ball joints replace under the recall even if was seveal year ago?
#76 of 77 Re: 2005 steering and/or suspension problem [bamahondafan]
Dec 23, 2010 (4:09 am)
I have the same issues with my 2003 Liberty Renegade. I bought it with non standard springs and shocks which have all now been replaced. It feels as if the rear end is doing a shimmy all the time on the road and the rear end of the car rocks quite severely over speed bumps (of which we have a lot). When the car had oversize springs it seemed to sit down to one side and there is still a hint of lopsidedness. The universal bush over the rear axle has also been replaced. Assuming the components that have been replaced are not faulty, my suspicion is with the bearings of the rear axle. I haven't tried jacking it up but there seems to be a little play. Common lore is that bearings will start making noise before they affect handling. Could this be something that doesn't apply to Jeeps?
#77 of 77 Re: 03 Liberty front noise [mastied]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 23, 2010 (10:00 am)
There are a few recalls involving ball joints. You might be eligible, depending on your build date.
one of them covers this:
Dealers will replace the front lower control arm ball joints with modified assemblies and heat shields on vehicles built between January 2, 2001 and October 4, 2002. On vehicles built between October 5, 2002 and March 26, 2003, dealers will inspect the ball joint assemblies (and replace them as necessary) and install heat shields. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-992-1997.
There's another recall for upper control arms involving only these vehicles:
NOTE : This recall applies only to the above vehicles built from May 1, 2002 through September 30, 2002 (MDH 050100 through 093023).
IMPORTANT : Only the above vehicles sold or currently registered in "salt belt" states (where large amounts of road salt are used for snow and ice removal) are involved. See "Owner Notification and Service Scheduling" section for a list of salt belt states.