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Old 06-16-2005
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Very Squeaky Front end

So I've had the Fabtech lift on for awhile now. Probably about 20-30,000 miles. And I have had the fabtech steering stops on the entire time as well.

Well for awhile I've noticed this pop noise from the front end, when I make turns, and thought it might be the steering stops. So I took them off.

Now I have this horrible squeaking coming from the front end. I noticed it immediately after I took the stops off. I took them off, drove around the block and the squeaking started.

It squeaks when the truck is stopped, and you turn the wheel. As you are turning, something with the suspension is squeaking.

Also, if you bounce the front end up and down it squeaks. If you bounce the front end from side to side it does not squeak. My father and I tried to figure out what it was to no avail. We sprayed WD-40 everywhere in an attempt to find it, but the squeaking still did not stop.

Any ideas?

I thought I could feel the squeak in the Lower A-Arm when pushing up and down on the truck. I also thought I felt it in the torsion bar. All drivers side.

I just don't understand how taking the fabtech steering stops off would cause all this squeakiness. And I checked my turning radius after taking the stops off, and I have no problems. No brakes hitting the spindles. The stop on the spindle its the lower A-Arm. But that is it.




On a side note.

I have been noticing a popping coming from the front end when I begin to acclerate. I can stop at a light or stop sign, and when I start to acclerate in 1st, I feel and hear this popping noise. It is only for a few seconds.

Any ideas about that?

Thanks for your input. And sorry for it being so long. I have a 3.0 and 5speed.
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Mine does exactly the same thing, but i have no suspension lift. all drivers side BJ's and hub bearings are new. So is the upper control arm. Did you soak the upper control arm bushings with WD-40? I don't remember if it did it before i put the new arms on, but i forgot to lube the bushings, so that might be the source.
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its the bushings. My old *** fox does it. Lubricate those badboys.
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its the bushings. My old *** fox does it. Lubricate those badboys.
yup.... get all kindas of nasty with that wd-40
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Could be worse.... Could be a squeaky REAR END!!
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my torino does it too. back in 1970 they didnt figure their cars would last this long, so they are UNGREASABLE and in the summer they CREAK all the time. i got new shafts and bushings, that are greasable, just havent installed them
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upper or lower balljoints, could be the outer tie rods also
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most likely upper a arm.. mine does it..
If anyone listens to rap (i listen to top 40 radio)
That "trillville?" song with the bed springs noise...
sounds like my front end.
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urethane bushings suck ***

i go offroading and all i hear from the rear are baby birds sceaming for help....
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Well I tried spraying WD-40 everywhere again. Still squeaks, real bad. And I mean bad.

What I don't understand is how this squeaking became so bad after I took of the fabtech steering stops.

Any ideas about that?
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probably just noticing it more now... or its flexing the bushing a bit different
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hey i had that same prob it was the sway bar i removed it and the noise was gone. that is one of the most annoying little noises go under neath ur truck and push up on the sway bar to see if it makes ther noise if it does prob solved if not its being a b*tch
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i don't know what it was.

But the squeaking has completely stopped. Just magically quit. How weird is that?

Thanks for everyones input.

Justin
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I just cranked my torsion bars up 2 inchs and I noticed I have a bad speak in the front end now, It is only on the drivers side, I read the forum but was wondering if anybody had any more ideas or maybe actually found out what the problem is. It is when the truck is bot bouncing up and down and side to side.
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Did anything get resolved on this issue ? I have a 99 ranger and I just got it a few days ago .. this squeaking is driving me nuts ! I don't have a ton of money to dump into this so try and steer me the right way !
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