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So last night I'm turning my 14 overland around in a dark culdesac and suddenly hit something with right front wheel....hard. Too pissed off to even look, I drive home , pull into garage and see the damage...sh*t.....massive ugly gouge on outer rim and small chunk of tire. It's not losing pressue, no bubble forming on tire but I'm getting a low whine/hum from the right front wheel at speed.Sound dimishes slightly when I vier right.
Is this a dealer visit? I'm sure wheel alone will be 200 to repair.....
Any other suggestions?
I bought truck in july or august and have almost 8k on clock. I do have 100k extended warranty but that won't help on this case.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:25 PM
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Re: bad wheel ding & now road whine??

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So last night I'm turning my 14 overland around in a dark culdesac and suddenly hit something with right front wheel....hard. Too pissed off to even look, I drive home , pull into garage and see the damage...sh*t.....massive ugly gouge on outer rim and small chunk of tire. It's not losing pressue, no bubble forming on tire but I'm getting a low whine/hum from the right front wheel at speed.Sound dimishes slightly when I vier right.
Is this a dealer visit? I'm sure wheel alone will be 200 to repair.....
Any other suggestions?
I bought truck in july or august and have almost 8k on clock. I do have 100k extended warranty but that won't help on this case.
thanks

Wow!!! You must have really hit that wheel hard. Hard enough to turn your Grand Cherokee into a Cherokee KL. This is the Cherokee KL thread.
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Re: bad wheel ding & now road whine??

not sure what a Cherokee KL thread is but looks like I'm visiting the local stealership tomorrow....
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:40 PM
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So last night I'm turning my 14 overland around in a dark culdesac and suddenly hit something with right front wheel....hard. Too pissed off to even look, I drive home , pull into garage and see the damage...sh*t.....massive ugly gouge on outer rim and small chunk of tire. It's not losing pressue, no bubble forming on tire but I'm getting a low whine/hum from the right front wheel at speed.Sound dimishes slightly when I vier right.
Is this a dealer visit? I'm sure wheel alone will be 200 to repair.....
Any other suggestions?
I bought truck in july or august and have almost 8k on clock. I do have 100k extended warranty but that won't help on this case.
thanks
That sucks! I hope its not a lot to fix.

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not sure what a Cherokee KL thread is but looks like I'm visiting the local stealership tomorrow....
The Cherokee (KL) is the new, smaller Jeep.

The site is set up with distinct areas for the various models. Yours is a Grand Cherokee (WK2)


There are a lot of misplaced posts, but you often get more responses if you post in the right place.

Good luck with the wheel and diagnosing the noise.


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Re: bad wheel ding & now road whine??

I bet you knocked it out of alignment. Hopefully you did not bend something from the impact. If the tire is bulging then it needs to be replaced.
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Re: bad wheel ding & now road whine??

Ahhhh - KL thread is a good one - My bad for not being up on latest releases.
thanks for the the kind words - it's tough looking at that beautiful 20 in rim and seeing that carnage.
Luckily no tire bulge or noticeable wheel shake like being out alignment but something is amiss besides the visual aspect.
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Re: bad wheel ding & now road whine??

def gonna to need to replace that tire asap, probably an alignment as mentioned....rim will prob be ok if it isnt bent, and you can get it grinded/smoothed out
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Re: bad wheel ding & now road whine??

For future reference, here's update on situation.
Eliminated wheel as possible source by running spare & then rotating tires (putting dinged right front on left rear) and noise is unchanged.
Then went to dealer - they heard the noise but couldn't locate. The expert advice was waiting for it get get worse and bringing it back.....great.
Being someone who pulls off the road to fix any little rattle or jingle, this sound is the only thing I can focus on when driving.

In case there are any suggestions, this sounds similar to the drone of a wheel bearing going bad. It gets louder with speed and goes away when veering to the right (changing lanes or going off an exit ramp).

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Unfortunately it looks like you hit a curb pretty hard there (personal experience). Your deal unfortunately indeed sounds like a nerfed bearing pack that is failing. I would look at the usual suspects of bearings and joints located around the CV shaft area. If you can find a good frame or suspension shop I would bet they can diagnose this better than most dealers as this type of damage is in their wheel house.

This might be a stretch to some, but if you wanted to get real anal about it, here's a thought. Buy or borrow one of those point and shoot IR thermometers, wait until your rig is stone cold, drive it for just a few minutes (1-5min) without heating up your brakes and try to compare heat signatures from the left and right side. The bearing/joint area that may be failing on the right side should be in theory warmer than the left side. Just a thought.
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