Question about 2005 Dodge Dakota
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
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
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.
Posted on Jul 31, 2011
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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