Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help! - Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum
Maintenance Tech This forum is for discussion of all aspects of maintenance that should be performed on the FJ Cruiser to keep it operating at maximum efficiency.

 9Likes
  • 1 Post By Loganbeere
  • 1 Post By Loganbeere
  • 1 Post By Sanderhawk
  • 1 Post By crazysanman
  • 3 Post By crazysanman
  • 1 Post By Loganbeere
  • 1 Post By Sanderhawk
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
Forum Veteran
 
crazysanman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Colorful Colorado
Posts: 848
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 182 Post(s)
Garage
(Thread Starter)
Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

My FJ has developed a very loud, annoying squeak from the front end. I can't locate the source of it. It squeaks loudly with the slightest movement - gently pushing on the front bumper to rock the body the tiniest bit or closing either front door, for example. It squeaks and squeals constantly on the road. Yesterday I spent an hour trying to chase it down. When I put my head by the front tires on either side it sounds like it's coming from the radiator. When I put my ear in the round cutout in the front bumper in front of the winch I hear it very loudly. I posted a picture downbelow of hte front end so you can see what I'm talking about.

Yesterday I lubed the zerks (including the front sway bar bushings with zerks that I recently installed to try to eliminate this noise), cleaned the upper control arms and relubed with tri lube, and sprayed a PTFE lube on the shock shafts, motor and radiator mounts, and anything else I could see that might move up there. I currently have my skid plates off for winter and I torqued down the front bumper bolts just in case the bumper itself was rocking and making noise up against he bumper mounts.

Anyone deal with this before?

What would make a squeaking noise in the area between the winch and radiator?



2012 Army Green "The Mule"
My Build / My Adventures
My YouTube Channel: Chicken River Offroad
http://www.chickenriveroffroad.com

Last edited by crazysanman; 11-28-2018 at 08:43 AM.
crazysanman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 08:51 AM
Forum Superstar
 
Loganbeere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: CA
Posts: 1,846
Mentioned: 69 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 800 Post(s)
Lifetime Supporting Member
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

Quote:
crazysanman previously said: View Post
My FJ has developed a very loud, annoying squeak from the front end. I can't locate the source of it. It squeaks loudly with the slightest movement - gently pushing on the front bumper to rock the body the tiniest bit or closing either front door, for example. It squeaks and squeals constantly on the road. Yesterday I spent an hour trying to chase it down. When I put my head by the front tires on either side it sounds like it's coming from the radiator. When I put my ear in the round cutout in the front bumper in front of the winch I hear it very loudly. I posted a picture downbelow of hte front end so you can see what I'm talking about.

Yesterday I lubed the zerks (including the front sway bar bushings with zerks that I recently installed to try to eliminate this noise), cleaned the upper control arms and relubed with tri lube, and sprayed a PTFE lube on the shock shafts, motor and radiator mounts, and anything else I could see that might move up there. I currently have my skid plates off for winter and I torqued down the front bumper bolts just in case the bumper itself was rocking and making noise up against he bumper mounts.

Anyone deal with this before?

What would make a squeaking noise in the area between the winch and radiator?

Check the bolt head of the bracket holding the ac line in place. I read somewhere the bolt head would rub on the aftermarket bumper and cause this squeak. I think the solution is just to remove the bracket and zip tie the ac line
crazysanman likes this.

2013 Iceberg AT 4x4 | Ghost FJ Build | Instagram
Loganbeere is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 09:04 AM
Forum Superstar
 
Loganbeere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: CA
Posts: 1,846
Mentioned: 69 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 800 Post(s)
Lifetime Supporting Member
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

Found this post on Facebook
crazysanman likes this.

2013 Iceberg AT 4x4 | Ghost FJ Build | Instagram
Loganbeere is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 09:12 AM
Forum Superstar
 
Sanderhawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: So Cal Mtns
Posts: 3,677
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 932 Post(s)
Garage
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

I had the most obnoxious squeak coming from the front end and it turned out to be my hood latch. It took forever to find it so hope this helps you out
crazysanman likes this.

Steve.... 07 FJ with almost enough mods.... August 2017 Member of the month
Sanderhawk is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
Forum Veteran
 
crazysanman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Colorful Colorado
Posts: 848
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 182 Post(s)
Garage
(Thread Starter)
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

Quote:
Loganbeere previously said: View Post
Found this post on Facebook
Great find, thanks! I'll try that. I have had this noise off and on for a while but it's gotten really bad in the last few weeks. That also corresponds with when I replaced my radiator and AC condenser so something to do with that AC line makes perfect sense.
Loganbeere likes this.


2012 Army Green "The Mule"
My Build / My Adventures
My YouTube Channel: Chicken River Offroad
http://www.chickenriveroffroad.com
crazysanman is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 12:09 PM
New Member
 
da_d00d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Oregon
Posts: 29
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

Check your front sway bar (if you still have it). I dealt with the same damn thing for a couple years, tried lubing everything I could think of with no fix... Turns out the pass side bolt where it mounts to the frame backed off a few threads, barely enough to even see light... Tightened it up and noise gone!
da_d00d is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
Forum Veteran
 
crazysanman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Colorful Colorado
Posts: 848
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 182 Post(s)
Garage
(Thread Starter)
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

@Loganbeere Thanks! That did the trick!

Sanderhawk, Iconic_ and Loganbeere like this.


2012 Army Green "The Mule"
My Build / My Adventures
My YouTube Channel: Chicken River Offroad
http://www.chickenriveroffroad.com
crazysanman is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 03:01 PM
Forum Superstar
 
Loganbeere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: CA
Posts: 1,846
Mentioned: 69 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 800 Post(s)
Lifetime Supporting Member
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

Quote:
crazysanman previously said: View Post
I thought you found a video about it but you made the video just now. That'll help others with the same problem in the future. Thanks for the mention in the video
crazysanman likes this.

2013 Iceberg AT 4x4 | Ghost FJ Build | Instagram
Loganbeere is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 05:22 PM
Forum Superstar
 
Sanderhawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: So Cal Mtns
Posts: 3,677
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 932 Post(s)
Garage
Re: Front end squeak behind bumper/winch. Help!

Glad you got it figured out. I probly have a half roll of duct tape all over my truck looking for squeaks
crazysanman likes this.

Steve.... 07 FJ with almost enough mods.... August 2017 Member of the month
Sanderhawk is offline  
Reply

  Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum > Toyota FJ Cruiser Discussion > Maintenance Tech

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome