Suspension or brake creak/squeak/rattle
I've had an increasingly worsening creaking noise that came from my front passenger side. It started 5 weeks ago, finally fixed it tonight. It started off rather subtle, a quiet creaking noise at slow speed, mostly noticeable in my parkade and at stop signs with the windows down. It seemed to only occur at really slow speeds, but would occur with turning at slow speed, and could be repeated by a firm and sudden pressure applied to the brake pedal at slow speed. My thoughts were that it was the brakes or the suspension. I have the 2011 Overland Hemi with QL, so coil spring noise isn't the case.
First attempt to fix:
A quick search says there is a recall for the brake caliber guide bolt and bushing. Replaced this and no difference.
Second attempt to fix:
Apply COPIOUS amounts of brake caliber grease/anti-chatter grease. No success here either.
I found one person on this forum complaining about the same thing, however the thread went dead when the forum advised the guy go to the dealer.
Here's my fix:
Replace the brake pads. I ordered the "higher end" brake pads from the dealership, no idea what the others are. They came to $208CDN for the fronts. The part number for front pads was 6805 2369 AA. Rumour has it the HD brakes have the same as the regular.
Here's my discovery:
In the photos you can see which brake pads came from the front passenger side for the back sides of them are covered in grease. Also, you'll notice that some of the metal bars that fit into the caliper are either broken off. Plenty of brake life yet, so I blame it on the fact the Jeep came from Ontario where they use a lot of salt on the roads in the winter and thus the rust ate away the aluminum tabs and the brake pad was "shuffling" around in the caliper.
Hope this helps someone.