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Old 11-18-2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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Squeaky suspension

Problem: any small shift in weight with the car there is a lot of squeaking going on in the front, and it's just came to light as the temps in my area are dropping. I've herd of similar issue with some trucks.

What are my options? New bushings all around? With the trucks I've herd ppl have changed the bushings and still had issues, is that true?
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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Most likely a-arm bushings or sway bar bushings
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #3
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It's funny you said that cuz my truck is making a God awful noise now. I'm pretty sure it's the lower a arm bushing. If you plan on changing yours, go ahead and buy the tubular a arms with the bushings and ball joints already installed. You can find them for $180 a pair online.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:06 PM   #4
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Re: Squeaky suspension

Get a can of silicone lubricant and spray the joints one at a time to locate the squeak.
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It's your lower ball joints common problem for fords and wouldnt wait to long to get them fixed if they break you will be goin off the road!!! My 94 has the same problem so I just order new 03/04 cobra lower control arms with upgraded ball joints and not to mention increase in turning radius with them!!
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Noticed today I can recreate the sound on the driver side but not the passenger side pushing down or pulling up on the 1/4 panel. There is no pop generally associated with ball joints.
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It's your a arm bushings
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #8
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I can 99.9% guarantee you that it is your ball joints. My 99 dodge developed the same problem. For those that dont know you generally have two ball joints they connect your spindle to the a arms. Therefore every time your tires turn left or right or move up or down your ball joints are in action. Generally the rubber boots get old dry out and deteriorate and you lose all the grease and your ball joints end up jacked... So sure you can upgrade to new a arms but the cheap fix is going to be ball joints. I did my truck and it was a pain in the *** but it wasn't really that bad just takes time and you need a ball joint press which you can rent from Autozone for free just a deposit... Also the new ball joints generally come with grease certs which stock ones don't generally have. If you need pointers on replacement I can help.
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It's your A arm bushings
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It's your A arm bushings
+1 I agree.
I have never had any problems with ball joints on my 86' and they are still the factory pieces with well over 150k on them. The A-Arm bushings however have had to be replaced. Just spray the bushings good with the silicone and see if that doesn't stop the squeak.
The ball joint problems I have experienced made popping and clunking sounds. Not to say that ball joints can't squeak though, because if they get dry they can.

You can lift one side of the car at a time and lift on the tire with a 2x4 or bar to see if the ball joints are bad if you want to check them.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:34 PM   #11
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My ball joints were already destroyed at 85,000 miles. And I never had popping only squeaking. But definitely jack up one side of the car and "jiggle" the spindle and feel and watch for any slop. My ball joints had about 1/16-1/18 inch of play in and out. Let us know what you find I bet a dollar it's ball joints!!!
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Just replace the front lower control arms they come with new bushing and ball joints installed and that will fix your problem like I said in my previous post my 94 had the same problem and just put on new cobra complete front lower control arms and problem went away!! After removing my old control arms found the ball joints were shot and that's we're all my squeaking was coming from!! I will correct my myself lol in my previous post I said it is a common problem for most fords meant to say common problem for most 94 and up explorers, mustang, f150, and expeditions
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Ok, so I jacked it up nothing moves. Took the wheel off and nothing moves. Dont have any silicone spray on hand but we have it at work.
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Ok, so I jacked it up nothing moves. Took the wheel off and nothing moves. Dont have any silicone spray on hand but we have it at work.
When you get it just saturate every bushing joint in the front end one at a time and test. Don't forget the strut mounts too.
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When you get it just saturate every bushing joint in the front end one at a time and test. Don't forget the strut mounts too.
Will do, the A-arm bushings did look a little dry rotted though.
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Will do, the A-arm bushings did look a little dry rotted though.
That's likely your culprit then. I'd plan on replacing them even if they don't squeak.
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Re: Squeaky suspension

If you have Poly Bushings or upgrade to them, they squeak more commonly, especially in the cold.
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It's not your ball joints could be your a arm but I'm a ford tech and 8 out of 10 times on the mustang it's the strut tower bushings just my 2cents
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:51 PM   #19
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U can hear mine when when u turn the wheel and ur moving need to get it up on a rack
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:10 PM   #20
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Well you can try two things go out and get some sort of silicone spray or PB blaster spray it on your a arm bushings realy well I mean soak them then push up and down on your fender if it stops you need a arm bushings if not most likely strut tower is the. Problem. This is not a fix just a way you might beable to tell. It worked on mine but every car is differant may be worth a shot
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I used a grease gun on the tie rod ends, I guess.. No more squeaky squeak.. So far.. Lol going to them both again this weekend just cause
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