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Unread 07-19-2010, 05:01 AM   #1
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More front end noises for us to diagnose!

OK, hopefully there are still a few of us that still frequent the compass sub-forum!
Loud squeaking from the front end when I accelerate from a stop and when I come to a complete stop. Sometimes I can jump up and down on the door sill and still hear the noise, but thats only SOMETIMES. Also, the imfamous "clunk" noise when I go over bumps. Have we ever truly came up with a real diagnosis for this? Anyone have the squeaking problems like I do?

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Unread 07-19-2010, 10:05 AM   #2
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Squeaking sounds like a rubber bushing against metal. From the other Patriot forum you can read about front end woes but many say that aftermarket parts from companies like Moog are superior to the factory parts.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 10:16 AM   #3
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I'll take a guess at control arm bushings for the squeak. They are part of the LCA/LBJ assembly. Try some silicone spray on them to pinpoint the problem.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 06:34 PM   #4
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i just can't pinpoint it. I crawled under it and everything seems solid. should I just douse every bushing I can find with some silicone spray?
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Unread 07-19-2010, 08:53 PM   #5
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That's what I'd do. Maybe one side at a time to eliminate one or the other. After my first winter I had some squeaks and that took care of them. Crappy factory bushings maybe? I had forgotten all about it.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 12:19 PM   #6
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Hi
I am replacing lower arms all the time on these for noise from bushes that split and come away or and more serious is ball joints, some as low as 20.000 miles.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 04:47 PM   #7
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it has to be bushings because it's rained all day today, never squeaked once. Im going to pick up some spray tomorrow at work and check it out
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Unread 07-21-2010, 02:18 PM   #8
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If it's the bushes that go quite you need to ask yourself why? The bush shouldn't move to be able to make a noise. So the bush must be coming away from the arm and is faulty. I'll post a picture tomorrow of the arm I changed today.
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