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I have been getting a high pitch squeek as I hit bumps with my front end. Any ideas where to look first?

I keep it greased well.

Could it be the shocks? I figure I'll start with a can of WD40 and each day I'll wet a moving joint or bushing. Process of elimination.
 

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Those bumps are lil neon colored Civics and Accords. The squeek is the owner as his plastic top speed enhancing is crushed by the H2's and 33's. Solution?? Turn up the tunes man!!!
 

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Rubber bushings in the sway bar? Try shooting some silcone in 'em.


I had a Grand Cherokee that drove me nuts until the bushing part number changed (and the color of the rubber.... new formulation?).


BTW, I am originally from up the Susquehanna a ways from you. Jersey Shore (between Lock Haven and Williamsport).


George in Albuquerque
 

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Rubber bushings in the sway bar? Try shooting some silcone in 'em.


I had a Grand Cherokee that drove me nuts until the bushing part number changed (and the color of the rubber.... new formulation?).


BTW, I am originally from up the Susquehanna a ways from you. Jersey Shore (between Lock Haven and Williamsport).


George in Albuquerque
dmaxalliTech also said the top shock bushings have been causing squeek complaints.

George,

Isn't it strange they call Jersey Shore that, in Pa?
There's also a town called "84" after 84 lumber.
We have a biennial get together in Indiana Pennsylvania.
Not to mention Bird in Hand, Intercourse and Gap, Pa.

I worked with a fellow from Pine Grove.

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hoot said:
I have been getting a high pitch squeek as I hit bumps with my front end. Any ideas where to look first?

I keep it greased well.

Could it be the shocks? I figure I'll start with a can of WD40 and each day I'll wet a moving joint or bushing. Process of elimination.

Hoot Put down the WD-40 and back away slowly. NEVER, I repeat, NEVER use WD-40 in place of something that is supposed to be a lubricant. It's not a lubricant. It's a water dispalacer and will remove any lube that you have where ever you spray it.





Try using silicone spray if that is the way you want to attack the probem.





I'd start with a visual check of bushing and shock mounts before I did any spraying though. How much suspension movement do you need to create the squeak?? Can you get someone to stand on the bumper and jump a little while you listen around for the squeak?
 

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Put down the WD-40 and back away slowly.




Now that's funny ....


Every sense I had my lil diesel spill issue my rear leaf's have been creaking .... Might have to try the silicone spray ....





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Hoot, its funny, I just found the tsb today for the squek, its the lower bushing on the top of the shock.. funny huh. Any rate, just get some bilsteins and problem will go away and ride will improve
 

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Hoot, its funny, I just found the tsb today for the squek, its the lower bushing on the top of the shock.. funny huh. Any rate, just get some bilsteins and problem will go away and ride will improve
Some coincidence. The squeekin just started last week.

First Diesel... thanks. I'll use a silicone spray instead.
 

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Yeh, the TSB probably has got it.


I just replaced my OEM with Bilsteins. Couldn't help but notice that the OEMs have a tapered piece of Nylon plastic in the bottom bushing to probably help center the rod in the hole. Even if you can get some lube in there, the squeak will probably come back.
 

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The stock shocks are crap ..... I'm running Rancho RS 9000,now extinct ....
You guys replacing shocks,buy 5/16 vacuum barb plugs and cover the exposed threads on the top stud .. You'll thank me some day for this Mackin tip .....
Mac
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Make sure you lubed all 11 grease points. Particularly the two Idler arms and the Pittman arm they are hard to see and harder to get the grease fitting on. The Pitman arm is high and in cramped space and it also has the AC hose in the way. I am going to get a 90 degree fitting for the next time. The first time I lubed, I found that the factory had hardly put any grease in most of the fittings. There was a lot on the outside though... They must have not gotten the fitting on right when they greased it.
The 11 fittings:
2 - Upper ball joints
2 - Lower ball joints
2 - Outer tie rod ends
2 - Inner tie rod ends
2 - Idler arm (one on top and one on the ball joint)
1 - Pittman arm
It is easy to miss the Pitman arm and the two on the idler arm assemblies. Their tucked up high and hard to see.

Check your owners manual for the right grade of grease. for the 2003 it's NLGI #2 or GM part 12377985. BTW the GM grease is a pretty aqua blue color
 

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Good Info Johnny

When you lube the chasse it helps ,or should I say makes it easier to reach the highest hidden zerks by removing plastic skid plate ....

Mac
 

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Mac,


Good tip on putting covers on those threads. I've had to use one of those nut splitters in the past.


George in Albuquerque
 
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