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My truck is squeaking when making right turns and over every little bump. I also pushed down on the box of the truck & could hear that the noise is cominhg from the front. I was told it could be a rock jammed in the brakes but i have my doubts. If it is a rock how could i get rid of it? I tried driving in reverse a little ways and the noise seemed to have gotten a little worse. it also starteds making the noise when i was driving in reverse

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Is this truck 4 wheel drive cus it sounds like a front u joint giving out

as thats a simptom that's common to me as all i got is 4 wheel drive and I change a bunch of them from rock crawling

Posted on Apr 14, 2012

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I think you are right to question the rock-in-the-brake hypothesis. This would produce a constant speed-dependent noise, not one that only shows up when the suspension moves.

It could be a tie rod end or ball joint, as Randy Ohler suggested. The squeak on turning implies it's one of the pivot points rather than the strut. If it sounds different in reverse than in forward, I would not be surprised if it the part is not only dry but worn out. In that case, and if it is a ball joint or tie rod end, don't try to lubricate it; it's probably too far gone and should be replaced. You don't want to take chances with these front end parts; the consequences of breakage or binding in an emergency steering situation can be deadly.

It could also be a broken or worn-out rubber isolator at the top or bottom of the strut (metal-to-metal contact). If this piece is gone, you will probably also have a knocking noise on potholes or sudden bumps.

Get down on the ground in front of the truck and listen while you have someone rock the bed. You may be able to pinpoint the offending mechanical connection. Wear safety glasses if you have to get under the truck; it would be rather unpleasant to have dirt from the suspension fall in your eyes.

Posted on Jul 31, 2011

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Check the control arm bushing. These usually don't look bad and are probably not bad. Yet they rust at the bolt and the sleeve in the bushing sticks to the bolt coming loose from the bushing . This is where the squeaking is coming from. I haven't ran across a strut that squeaks yet, nit saying that they can't, but there is a lot of oil in them and they would probably break first. As far as the strut bearing, the can squeak, but only on turning. up and down movement doesn't happen here, if it did the strut would not be attached the the truck. Almost all squeaking comes from the control arm bushings or ball joints. You can try to spray the bushings, sometimes this works, but you have to do it everyday until they stop. the lube has to work it's way threw the bushings. There are 2 on each side.

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Check your sway bar links, the two bars at each end of the sway bar, connecting to the lower control arms. Sometimes you can spray them with silicone. Most likely have to replace them. Hope this helps. TJ

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

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  • Crystal Lori Jul 30, 2011

    I just had themn replaced a month ago both links

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    Troy Jameson Jul 30, 2011

    Does the noise stop if you apply the brakes?

  • Crystal Lori Jul 30, 2011

    yes there is no noise when i am not moving unless i turn the wheel

  • Troy Jameson
    Troy Jameson Jul 30, 2011

    Hard to say without seeing the vehicle, but I would now suspect strut tower bushings

  • Crystal Lori Jul 30, 2011

    Yeah I'm thinking the whole strut assembly needs to be changed i was just hoping for a quick fix.

  • Troy Jameson
    Troy Jameson Jul 30, 2011

    Well I hope I sent you in the right direction! Let me know, Best Wishes, TJ

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