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Old 07-17-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Squeaky spring noise :(

I just noticed a squeaky spring noise coming from my 2009 Sonata when I very slowly drove over the speed bumps at my apartment. It's coming from the front end, definitely the driver's side but I'm not sure about the passenger's side. Nothing feels different and when I push down on the front end it moves normally and doesn't bounce around. I put bigger tires on it about a month ago but haven't lowered it or anything. Is there any way to tell what's wrong without pulling the wheel off? Should I just take it to a mechanic? It has a lot of miles on it....
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I'm almost positive I know what it is. On top of the spring is a rubber mat type thing that prevents the spring from making noise. It probably eroded away causing noise, it won't effect drivability.

Grab bottle of wd40 and pop your hood and look at the strut that is making noise there should be three nuts and a big hole in the middle where the strut attaches to. Soak it all in wd40 and bounce the car a little. The noise should be eliminated or reduced temporarily
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I'm almost positive I know what it is. On top of the spring is a rubber mat type thing that prevents the spring from making noise. It probably eroded away causing noise, it won't effect drivability.

Grab bottle of wd40 and pop your hood and look at the strut that is making noise there should be three nuts and a big hole in the middle where the strut attaches to. Soak it all in wd40 and bounce the car a little. The noise should be eliminated or reduced temporarily
Thank you so much! I'll give it a try, can't hurt if that's not it. Is that something that will damage my spring if I don't do something more permanent to fix it?
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:00 PM   #4
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Re: Squeaky spring noise :(

No it will not hurt the spring! The little rubber piece there is to prevent exactly what you were mentioning happened. Its supposed to stop the noise, if it gets really annoying you can have a mechanic (or someone with mechanical experience) put a new oem rubber piece on top of the strut.

This is of course if that is your problem, Springs and shocks don't squeak so there isn't much where it could be something else.

Are you sure its not your brakes?
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No it will not hurt the spring! The little rubber piece there is to prevent exactly what you were mentioning happened. Its supposed to stop the noise, if it gets really annoying you can have a mechanic (or someone with mechanical experience) put a new oem rubber piece on top of the strut.

This is of course if that is your problem, Springs and shocks don't squeak so there isn't much where it could be something else.

Are you sure its not your brakes?
I'm pretty sure it's not my brakes. I wasn't braking at all when I heard the squeaking, just rolling over them.

Just to be sure, did I circle the right part?
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sounds like what happen to me it turned out to be my ball joints. had to replace them
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I'm pretty sure it's not my brakes. I wasn't braking at all when I heard the squeaking, just rolling over them.

Just to be sure, did I circle the right part?
Yes that is correct spray it down and drive it if the noise goes away that's your problem if not it can be anything in the suspension geometry.

To test your ball joints and tie rod ends you must jack up the car and move the tire with your hands left and right and up and down to see if there is any play in the steering. If there is no play its most likely something else. Just test the wd40 and let us know what happens
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Thank you guys! I picked up some WD40 but I have my Mustang with me so I'll be able to do it in about an hour.

What do you mean by "play in the steering"?
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You will feel a slight movement that the actually pieces of the car shouldn't allow like for example if the wheel doesn't move or moves only slightly then u are good, of there is obvious movement and itch directions that is what is considered play
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You will feel a slight movement that the actually pieces of the car shouldn't allow like for example if the wheel doesn't move or moves only slightly then u are good, of there is obvious movement and itch directions that is what is considered play
Okay got it. I'm heading home now to try the WD40.
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It didn't work :'(
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Re: Squeaky spring noise :(

alright the next thing to do is jack up the car front end of the car and grab the tire try to move it side to side, check to see if it moves unexpectedly, how many miles do you have on the car??? I am expecting it could be a bushing in the front since it is a front wheel drive their is a few more suspension guts so you probably won't be able to get it to squeak but after you check for unexpected play pull the wheel off and do a visual inspection of the bushings and everything. If it's a squeaky bushing that isn't showing any wear u probably aren't going to be able to figure out which one it is unfortunately.
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alright the next thing to do is jack up the car front end of the car and grab the tire try to move it side to side, check to see if it moves unexpectedly, how many miles do you have on the car??? I am expecting it could be a bushing in the front since it is a front wheel drive their is a few more suspension guts so you probably won't be able to get it to squeak but after you check for unexpected play pull the wheel off and do a visual inspection of the bushings and everything. If it's a squeaky bushing that isn't showing any wear u probably aren't going to be able to figure out which one it is unfortunately.
So do you just have to replace all the bushings if that's what it is?

It has 122,000 miles on it. Never had any major problems or had to replace anything except the battery and the front rotors.

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Oh, and do I need to jack up the whole front end or is one side enough?
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I bet y'all it's the ball joints. all the miles got to them.
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Do you know a good shop? My shop checks cars for free and tells you what's wrong.
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I have a mechanic, I gave him a call and he's going to try to take a look at it tonight. How much do you think it'll cost me if it's the ball joints?
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I have a mechanic, I gave him a call and he's going to try to take a look at it tonight. How much do you think it'll cost me if it's the ball joints?
Most of its labor yor probably looking at anywhere from $200-450
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Okay, he came and looked at it and it actually sounded worse. Now I hear the sound in the rear as well. It doesn't seem to be coming from the front passenger's side at all. He pushed down on the rear and it made a horrible sound... He said it might be the brakes, but I just got all new pads about two months ago.

He's going to pick it up tomorrow morning and take it to the shop to look at it. And now I have to drive the Mustang to Sarasota >
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Okay, he came and looked at it and it actually sounded worse. Now I hear the sound in the rear as well. It doesn't seem to be coming from the front passenger's side at all. He pushed down on the rear and it made a horrible sound... He said it might be the brakes, but I just got all new pads about two months ago.

He's going to pick it up tomorrow morning and take it to the shop to look at it. And now I have to drive the Mustang to Sarasota >
Well enjoy the trip, not every day you get to drive the weekend car around just be optimistic I am sure he will find the issue and resolve it in a timely manner.
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Well enjoy the trip, not every day you get to drive the weekend car around just be optimistic I am sure he will find the issue and resolve it in a timely manner.
+1 my pony is on jacks waiting for parts and painting rims so I haven't driven it in two weeks
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Oh, I enjoyed it I passed another Mustang on the side of the road that probably did not enjoy their drive. Four car crash, looked like a little Nissan got totaled.

He told me everything looked fine :/ But he painted my calipers while he had it up with the wheels off so there's that He's gonna drop it off in the morning.
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Oh, I enjoyed it I passed another Mustang on the side of the road that probably did not enjoy their drive. Four car crash, looked like a little Nissan got totaled.

He told me everything looked fine :/ But he painted my calipers while he had it up with the wheels off so there's that He's gonna drop it off in the morning.
That's great! Don't worry about it then
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Oh, I enjoyed it I passed another Mustang on the side of the road that probably did not enjoy their drive. Four car crash, looked like a little Nissan got totaled.

He told me everything looked fine :/ But he painted my calipers while he had it up with the wheels off so there's that He's gonna drop it off in the morning.
Wow a check up and a free caliper job perfect. Glad to hear all is well. Did u get my list from the other thread?
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That's great! Don't worry about it then
Thanks

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Wow a check up and a free caliper job perfect. Glad to hear all is well. Did u get my list from the other thread?
Haha yeah, it's hard being a girl. And yes I got it but haven't gotten a chance to really look at it yet.
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Thanks

Haha yeah, it's hard being a girl. And yes I got it but haven't gotten a chance to really look at it yet.
Alright wanted to make sure it got to you. That's a nice job on the calipers.
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