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Old 03-23-2008, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I'm a newbie from the UK. I run an FXT 4EAT (2.0 litre) - just over 3 years old. Great car which I have owned for about 5 months - it's done 34,000 miles.

It has developed a squeak from the front, particularly after leaving overnight and mainly when driving over ramps (speed bumps/humps are not so much of a problem). It doesn't seem to come from a particular suspension unit and often seems quite central, but also seems to move around!

My local Subaru dealer has had it on a ramp but can't find anything. However it is a 25 mile trip to the dealer and whatever is causing the problem seems to go away by the time I get there. I want to avoid leaving the car with them overnight.

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sway bar bushings?? if it's while hitting bumps it is usually suspension related...
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Give the front anti rollbar & droplink bushes a good spray with a silicon lubricant, both sides.
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I had a very similar problem, I thought it was suspension related, then I thought brake related.............could never figure it out.

opened the hood (bonnet) one day, and heard the noise...... WTH?

Tried to recreate it by relifting the hood....again, there it was. The "sound deadening" (HA!) under the hood squeeks when pushed up and down, thus why I would hear it completely randomly on bumps, dips, imperfections, etc.

It came from the drivers side, passenger side for you. Hopefully that will be it, and problem solved for you as well.
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Thanks for the advice. I'll try those and let you know how I get on.

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Stevem, i've lubricated anti-roll bar and droplink bushes with silicon spray as suggested. Squeak almost gone!

Is it a feature of the Forester or Subarus in general? I've owned dozens of cars, including other 4-wheel drives, and i've never experienced such a problem - even on a Volvo 740 estate which I took to 200,000 miles!

I'd be interested to receive your views or those of others who may have experienced this.
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