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Squeaks in the Front End

Postby blipside » Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:53 am

Not sure exactly what to call this other than squeaking. I just got the truck & didn't notice it until I drove home & got out. When the truck shifts it squeaks. I thought it was a sign that the shocks needed to be replace, so I did that. It is still happening. Not sure if this is a sign of some grommets going bad or if something needs to be greased. I don't notice the noise in the back, just the front. Thanks for any help that can be provided.
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Re: Squeaks in the Front End

Postby HenryJ » Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:09 pm

Take a can of silicone lubricant and hit s few spots to see if it goes away. The sway bar bushings, torsion bar dog bones, sway bar end links, torsion bar sockets.

Usually it is the torsion bar sockets that need to be lubed. Spray grease , superlube, or fluid film work pretty well.

Now that all said check the idler are, pitman arm, tierod ball joints, and a-arm ball joints. Any of those can make noise and are items that are notorious for wearing out.

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Re: Squeaks in the Front End

Postby blipside » Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:36 pm

Thanks for the info. Is this a sign that the bushings need to be replaced?
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Re: Squeaks in the Front End

Postby HenryJ » Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:22 pm

It has not been my experience that the bushings make noise that resembles squeaking. Clunking when they are toast. Ball joints and wheel bearings might lead to squeaking either from themselves or the brake drag in the case of a wheel bearing.

Most generally it is just the torsion bar sockets. They do need to be lubed with spray grease from time to time.

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Re: Squeaks in the Front End

Postby LoneWolf04 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:19 pm

Check the control arm bushings. My truck being 12 years old and 105k miles over the summer they were dry rotted badly. Ended up replacing the bushings with moog problem solvers and while having the torsion bars out used white lithium paste to lube the sockets. The bushings really helped the feel of the truck out. Didn't realize how much sag was beig caused by them until installing with new ones. Squeak went away as well.
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