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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2016, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Loud "squeking" coming from front drivers side tire area when turning/driving

Need a little help what to look for guys. When the car is sitting still and i just barely turn the steering wheel, there is a loud squek that comes from the drivers front wheel area. It also makes the noise, but not a badly, when driving and going over a bump in the road. Im guessing this has to be something suspension releated, but having really no1 to help makes it difficult to find where the noise is coming from without having someone to turn the steering wheel while im under the car. Any suggestions what it could be?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2016, 11:39 AM
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Have all the joints and nipples been greased up lately?

And by that I mean I think there are 9 fittings that need attention.

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It is one of your ball joints ready to let go! Happened to me yesterday pulling out of my driveway. Made loud squeeeeek every time the suspension moved, then BANG! The upper ball joint let go and the whole top of the wheel caved into the wheel well. Have it repaired immediately.
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there are 11 fittings that need grease when you change the oil.

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My 9C1 has a similar issue and sound. I thought it was a ball joint. Ended up being the control arm bushings. Ended up being cheaper and easier just to get a new control arm with the ball joint already installed.
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I just replaced my bushings with urethane parts. I do not know if anyone makes ready to install arms with urethane bushings, but it is pretty much a once and done deal. If you are going to do it yourself, you can get the tools for the lower arm, and ball joint from Autozone, or O'reilly's as a loaner (O'reilly's requires return in 2 days or you have bought it...Autozone does not have a time limit). The upper arms take a special split clamp tool to go around the shaft. A repair shop can press them for a reasonable amount. You will need a drill to remove the upper ball joint, and the new one bolts in. Reinstalling the lower arms can be difficult if you have not done it before. They do not like to go back in the mounts unless you spread the mounts a little, and have the car's weight on the tires when tightening them.

After changing the parts, you need a front end alignment.

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Thanks guys. I think its the control arm bushings and not the ball joints. I believe i may have some bushings from the front end rebuild kit i bought off here years ago and never did the bushings. I will check all this stuff out and let you guys know how it went. Thanks again.

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If you decide to do the Bushings yourself, this post from my 5/8" Balljoint thread may help. It also shows the Upper Bushing tool Fred mentions that I believe I borrowed from advance auto Parts for this job. Really made quick work of replacing those as opposed to finding and taking your arms to a shop that will do this and charge you whatever for the job. Plus, you can take the time to clean up and paint the arms if you want while its apart.


To get the Upper Control Arms off, it may be necessary/easier to remove the Upper Frame Bolts first. Check this thread if you run into any issues getting the Arms off.


More info on just the Upper arm Bushings here....


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