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Old 06-29-2009, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Squeaky suspension or undercarriage, any ideas?

Occasionally when I start the car, I hear a chirpy squeak but it goes away as soon as the engine is running. Also, today, I noticed that if I push on the upper part of the body and make the car "roll" to the side, I hear a squeak from the undercarriage. It doesn't seem to make any noise when I go over bumps. I did several searches but I coudn't find anything quite like this. What could cause this to happen? Are there any relatively easy fixes to try? I've never messed with a suspension this complex before (had a dodge caravan before this) but I'm willing to learn. Thanks for any help and sorry for the long post.

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I can't be sure this is the same issue but I periodically have had a squeaky sound that I would notice if I went over a large bump or could reproduce by pushing down and releasing either front side. I eventually isolated it to the front struts where the plastic cover is rubbing as the strut goes up and down. I can fully expose it by jacking up that corner and a few squirts of a lithium lubricant has solved it for about a year before I had to do it again. Good luck.
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I noticed this afternoon that the noise seems to be somewhat of a chirpy squeak whenever i go over a bump in such a way that the car moves side to side more than up and down. I also hear some in the back as well as the front. Could the rear hatch cause any of this noise?
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The other day I happened to bump the car while taking some stuff out and I heard the squeak, while the car was off and clearly not going over any bumps. I heard the sound under the rear driver's side of the car so I did some poking around...lo and behold, one of the exhaust hanger prongs near the axle was bent in just a little and rubbing against a flat metal flange like a bow across a violin! Every time there was a side to side shimmy, I got the awful screechy noises. So I got me a prybar and my trusty ball peen hammer and in 2 minutes had the hanger readjusted so it no longer touches, beautiful quiet operation again!
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never heard of that one before... good to hear you solved the mystery
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Silicone grease the bushes in the torsion bar/anti sway bar.
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Silicone grease the bushes in the torsion bar/anti sway bar.
I think I need to try this on my suspension. No sooner did I make my last car payment, that I developed a rubbery squeaking noise that is coming from the front right suspension. It sounds like bushings and/or linkages but I haven't had a chance to chase it down. The sound is very similar to the one I have been getting from my clutch for the past year, and seems to be more prominent when it's wet and cold outside. This makes me think bushings, but I will try to lubricate the linkages first. The squeaking happens mostly around right turns that induce quick body roll.
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