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For some reason my front right wheel squeaks very noisily when I turn my steering wheel, and it seems to be temperature dependent, only making noise when the temperature is about 45 degrees F or more. If I push up and down over that wheel, it squeaks too. I've taken it to a local shop several times, but I have to schedule an appointment for them to even look at it, and every time I take it there, it doesn't make a peep, but a few hours later it's as noisy as ever. I'm tempted to think that I need to replace my shock absorber, but I could be wrong. What do you think?

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Ignatz - 3/11/2005 10:12 AM

The ball joint can make a high pitch squeak when the wheel is turned.
Couldn't agrre more. Sounds like the lower ball joint needs replacing on the side the squeeking is coming from.
 

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Okay, thanks to both of you for the tip! Is this something I could do myself, with a set of jackstands and an afternoon, or is there a safety issue that makes this better left for the pro's?

Also, do you have a link to a DIY guide for this procedure?

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Probably not a DIY job because you need a special spring compressor to remove the front suspension spring (they are extremely powerfull and dangerous if not removed with the correct tool).
 

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Hmm...not a problem. A friend has a pair of spring compressors, and he has experience working with suspensions. Anything else I should be wary of, such as bolts that need to be re-fastened with high-torque?

While I'm doing it, would it make sense to replace the control arm bushings and other parts as well?

Again, anyone have a link to a DIY guide for this?
 

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Can't help with a link, but with the spring out it is a pretty easy job, no special tools required.

To remove the old ball joint, I had to heat the wish bone up before it would move and then hammer the new one in.

If I recall, I think the bushings are awkward to get in and out, so if they are visibly Ok leave them.

Another issue, is that the bolts that go through the wishbone have eccentric washers and are responsible for setting the caster and camber, so an alighnment would be highly recommended afterwards.

With regards the spring compressor, standard external ones don't work, it needs to be an internal type. If your friend has alot of experience in that, hopefully he will have one.
 
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