Question about 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

Front end whinning noise

I am getting a whinning noise from the front of my 04 Grand Cherokee. It is not all of the time but when it is there it is continuous. When going fast the pitch of the noise is high, the slower I go the lower the pitch is and when I go realy slow it stops, applying the brakes has no effect on it.

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • nklindt Dec 13, 2008

    No it doesn't get louder when turning. The noise does stop at when the
    vehicle is stopped, but only comes back when the vehicle is in motion
    not when rpm's are increased. I can tell that it is coming from the
    drivers side. I have checked the diff. fluid and it is full.

  • nklindt Dec 14, 2008

    Thanks Thundergod, I did as you said and that fixed it, the tip about the spare tire was a great help. thanks again

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Does the noise get louder when making turns? if so, it may be a hub bearing. Does the noise stop when the vehicle is at rest with the engine running? If so, does it come back if engine speed is increased(while still at rest)? Is the noise present if you place the vehicle in neutral and coast for a bit (on a straight road)?

    Before doing anything else, check the front differential for fluid level and leaks ... with the fill nut removed from the cover, you should be able to reach fluid with a finger. If not it's low. (if very low you may have damaged carrier or pinion bearings,) Also check the power steering pump fluid level. check lines to steering box for leaks.



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Jeep Master
  • 6,982 Answers

OK, Chances are better than 80% that you have a bad hub bearing on the drivers side. To get to it, you must remove the brake assembly and axle retaining nut (do nut first with vehicle on ground, tire on) If wheel has removable plastic center, remove it for access, or use spare tire. The hub itself is bolted to the steering knuckle. Sometimes it is rusted in and is a bit difficult to get loose... also, sometimes the axle splines get rusted the same way...(I usually put the axle nut back on, backwards, so that it is flush with the axle end, and tap on it with a hammer to break the axle free. ANY roughness when turning bearing by hand indicates failure. You cannot load bearing by hand as much as it is actually loaded with vehicle weight on it. The hub & bearing are factory assembled and can be purchaced as a unit for about $125, or junkyard part at about $35. Install in reverse of removal... put lube on axle spline andaround bearing housing to make install a bit easier. Torque axle nut to specs and don't forget cotter pin. (if hole does not line up, tighten nut till it does...don't back off to align!) Though I don't recommend driving with a bad bearing, they are big and tough and since noise just started, you likely can get away with this for a short time without any damage. Don't forget to check axle joints while you're there. If "X" joints, This is the best time to lube them,,, if they are binding at all, replace them.
Good luck!

Posted on Dec 13, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

01 jeep grand cherokee, started out with a whinning noise from the front. Added power steering fluid stopped for a couple days. Now whinning noise is back and I have rainbow colored fluid leaking and...

You have a leak in the power steering system. It should be easy to find just look for where the fluid is dropping onto the ground below the vehicle while parked, then look under the vehicle to see where the leak is coming from. Make repairs as needed.

Nov 26, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Grinding and whinning noise suddenly coming from driver side rear end on my 97 Grand Cherokee Ltd 5.2 it is 4wd all the time. Only does this when moving in gear

Have differential(s) serviced. Ensure correct friction modifier is added to gear oil. I have this problem every 40-50 or so thousand miles.

Feb 26, 2011 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

Whinning/humming noise on front end

you have a wheel bearing going out. see if it gets quieter if you turn one way or the other that will tell you what side it is on

Jan 30, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Silverado

1 Answer

Noise from front end when turning

This is your front hub assenbly.

May 19, 2009 | 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

Noise from front

Is it full time or part time 4 wheel drive? You should check the front driveshaft u-joints.

Apr 05, 2009 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

Front end and rear end differential

The 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee was prone to bad diff bearings because they changed the plant where they were made. The new plant used inferior materials. The only way to fix it is to replace and set the diff clearences.

Feb 17, 2009 | 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2 Answers

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0L Noise in front end while driving?

if it is a roaring noise it is probably a wheel bearing going bad

Jan 22, 2009 | 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer


Drive the car in a parking lot and make left and right hand turns.
If the noise goes away on either turn then the problem is a front hub bearing.
If the noise is still there, it could be possible front differential bearings.

Oct 16, 2008 | 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer


it could be tht the exhaust pipe is loose and therefor makes shaking and kinda banging noise. hope i helped! ;-)

Jul 26, 2008 | 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Not finding what you are looking for?
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Logo

233 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Jeep Experts


Level 3 Expert

77932 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Kevin Daniels

Level 3 Expert

1455 Answers

Are you a Jeep Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides