Originally Posted by Hamlet064
Good news Bad news,
First I have a 2014 GC Lareado with a 3.6 that I purchased about 1 month ago. I was working with the service manager(s) last week to try and get rid of the noise (a low tone or tuning fork type of sound.) in the steering column. All the service managers and workers had heard it and were at a loss as to what is causing it. The last Service Manager that I talked to used to be a service technician for Chrylser and nailed the problem in about 15 seconds. He said it sounds like the electric power streering pump.
We opened up the hood and listened for the sound and sure enough the noise was coming form there. We discussed various methods of reducing/repairing it but it turns out that a 1/4 inch piece of rubber between the mounting brackets was the easiest fix.
Apparently there was no padding between the "L" connector mount attached to the block (I believe.) and the pump itself thus causing the pump noise to travel up through whatever connections it has to the steering column inside. I have attached a picture and hopefully it is clear enough to see. If not let me know and I will take another. Anyway putting this rubber pad between the brackets reduced the tone to barely audible---for me it is practically nonexistant. I very seldom hear it and when I do it is very, very, faint.
It is working for rme (so far) and hopefully this will help someone else.
Thanks man! I've had what I believe to be the same noise (it's constant, very noticeable if the windows are up, and changes pitch/loudness when the steering wheel is moved) ever since I bought the vehicle, and the dealer I had look at it claims it's normal. Regardless of whether or not this is true, one thing is for sure, it's annoying, and kind of embarrassing too.
Anyway, I went out to the Jeep to take a look and unless I'm missing something, which is very likely, it appears my 2014 already has rubber in the area you're talking about.
I've attached two images; the first is a modified version of your picture. I put red x's on what I want to confirm is the rubber you're talking about?
The second is a picture I took of the same spot in my vehicle. Again, to me it looks the same so I'm wondering why I hear the noise (unless "noticeable" for me is "very, very faint" for you since you were used to yours being louder?), but like I said I'm probably missing something.