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Question Heard Chirping Noise on my Disco II

Heard a chirping noise last night that came and went. Took the car to the mechanic this morning we put it on a lift checked the drive shafts for play or looseness both Front & Rear and the u-joint on the transferC/tranny. They looked fine. I also discovered that my front drive shaft was replaced at some point with one that has nipples they were dry so we greased them up. Did not hear any chirping on my way home. What else can cause chirping. (we also checked the wheels).

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Belts...the tensioner pulley can cause some noises...Brakes...hell I guess thats about all that comes to mine...I think the bearings in the alternator and a/c compressor can cause some chirping later in their lifetime...Could even be the blower motor...Hopefully its nothing more than lack of grease in the joints...
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Birds nest under the hood? Did the chirping sound hungry?

Make sure to grease those uj's at least everytime you change the oil. Double check to make sure there are no slop in them after being run dry. It's better and cheaper to do the uj's than the tranny.

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I always get a kick out of it when someone says they crawled under and determine their u-joints "LOOK" OK.
If you don't have grease fittings on all 3 front u-joints, "LOOKS" won't cut it.
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I always get a kick out of it when someone says they crawled under and determine their u-joints "LOOK" OK.
If you don't have grease fittings on all 3 front u-joints, "LOOKS" won't cut it.
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Ditto, the only time you 'might' be able to see a damaged u-joint will be right before they fail - - - AKA, BANG!
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I have seen failed uj's before they let go. More often then not though it's a complete inspection that has saved my butt.

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Where is the 3rd grease fitting in the front drive shaft or U joint?

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If it's like mine there is one on the shaft and one on each joint this is on a RRC so your mileage may vary

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My front drive shaft sounded like a bird chirping...turned out that my u-joints were about to go! Got it just in time...after my u-joints were replaced, the birds were gone.

I was really lucky...it started chirping while I was on a road trip...it got really bad once I returned home. Super lucky!

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My front drive shaft sounded like a bird chirping...turned out that my u-joints were about to go! Got it just in time...after my u-joints were replaced, the birds were gone.

I was really lucky...it started chirping while I was on a road trip...it got really bad once I returned home. Super lucky!
You are VERY Lucky. How many people had no warning at all before the big bang theory?
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Yeah my parents where pulling their camper with their P38.. started to chirp on a steep uphill.. I am glad we found before damage happened!

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Now does this chirping come and go or you always hear it.

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Now does this chirping come and go or you always hear it.
I expect it depends on how much grease has cooked out of the u-joint, meaning how much grease is left in the u-joint depends on the amount of chirping. In theory....
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Had my land rover mechanic drive it around he says he knows this sound well. He has fixed plenty of them. He drove it and we did not hear it. Later when I drove off I heard a bit for like 3 sec then it was gone. No vibration, nothing. I'm having an alighment done on monday. I'll have him re-check it. (both front U-joints were greased yesterday nipple type). Also we have so many noisy trucks in NYC and pot holes, are streets and highways are the worst in the USA. In NYC Sometimes you hear a noise you think its your Rover and it's a truck, van, car, bus or taxi a few feet from you. They all squeal or have noises it's confusing. If not they cover it up with loud music.

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Now does this chirping come and go or you always hear it.
FYI...in my case...the chirping came and went while I was on the road. Once I got back from my road trip, within two days the chirping was constant, every time I got in to drive.

Man...that was close!!!

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