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Old 05-29-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Shock or Spring (need help please)

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Really need some help identifying this issue (before I attempt a fix).

Front passenger side (right) noise that sounds like shock or spring. Started hearing fairly loud squeak noise - almost like if you pushed down on a spring bed. Louder when car is moving very slow (then heard less).

Any thoughts??

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Old 05-30-2011, 05:25 AM   #2
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:34 AM   #3
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Don't think it's wheel bearing. When the car is stopped and not running, if you push down on the front right-side, you can thern hear the creaking noise (and seems to be from the spring or shock area).
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the nylon ball joint races are NOTORIOUS for this. there's a simple cure. cut a tiny hole in the ball joint boot & spray in some WD40. problem solved.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:09 PM   #5
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Could be one of the bushings, a shock, spring, ball joint, etc. You're going to have to go through all of the suspension components, one by one, to isolate and identify the cause of the squeak.

When I had a similar issue, I put the car on four jackstands and then took the wheel off and used a jack to lower/raise the suspension assy to try and isolate the problem to a particular component.

Maybe someone else can suggest other (better) ways to perform this kind of check.
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Wd40= Solvent

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the nylon ball joint races are NOTORIOUS for this. there's a simple cure. cut a tiny hole in the ball joint boot & spray in some WD40. problem solved.
WD40 is a solvent not a lubricant. you need to lubricate not wash it away
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Class time... Everyone go to [url]www.wd40.com[url] and go to the automotive page.

WD-40 Lubricates, Cleans, Protects, Penetrates & Displaces Moisture... And does so much more!
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Class time... Everyone go to [url]www.wd40.com[url] and go to the automotive page.

WD-40 Lubricates, Cleans, Protects, Penetrates & Displaces Moisture... And does so much more!


That, and the ball joints are DRY bearings. Use the wd40.
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How difficult is it to access the bearings??

Novice here - only done some minor projects.

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very easy. turn your steering wheel all the way to the side. behind the wheel, look for the part in the picture. cut a tiny slice with an exacto knife where i've highlighted in red. put the WD40 spray tube into the slice & give it a good squirt. go for a drive so the WD40 gets evenly distributed & cleans out the nylon.
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Thanks much for the help.

Appreciated!
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:12 AM   #12
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the nylon ball joint races are NOTORIOUS for this. there's a simple cure. cut a tiny hole in the ball joint boot & spray in some WD40. problem solved.

Same thing for the rears if they are noisy?
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same procedure front & rear. FYI, i went through so many of these things (replacing the squeaky ones) that i finally got fed up & cut one apart. i tried everything from packing them w/ grease, adding zerk fittings, light lube, etc. Turns out the solution is MUCH simpler. WD40. during this process, do yourself a favor & check for play in the ball joints (i.e. grab the wheel & try to move it in & out or side to side). if there's play, replace the control arm. if there is none, spray away....
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The suggested fix worked perfectly.

Thanks again!
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glad it worked out. take care.
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What to do with the hole after you spray WD40? should it be closed somehow?
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I did not close the hole.

Good question though. But seems to be fine.
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no real need to close up the hole. it's tiny. since this is a dust boot & not a grease boot, leaving it alone is fine.
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no real need to close up the hole. it's tiny. since this is a dust boot & not a grease boot, leaving it alone is fine.
I am going to try this tonight. Thanks for the help/advice.
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I will also try this fix.
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