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Arnott squeak

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Hi all,

We have replaced a few Airmatic parts over the past 5-6 years of ownership. The first part was a front shock absorber, back in early 2016. Replaced with Arnotts.

We don't drive the car a lot, less than 10,000km since that strut was replaced.

It's developed a squeak. It's definitely the shock absorber.
See video:

We've pulled it out, pulled down the lower boot and sprayed white lithium lubricant over the rolling rubber sheath. Reinstalled the squeak disappears while stationary but reappears within a few minutes of driving.

I've been in touch with Arnotts who aren't aware of an issue and the part is no longer under warranty so are not offering any support.

Has anyone else come across it? Any suggestions? I don't fancy buying another if it's not going to last. Also not keen to do a spring conversion.

I feel like I've hit that spot where every time I go to drive it something else is wrong with it and it's driving me crazy.

Thanks for reading
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How about a reman MB spring or new Bilstein? Either one of those is sure to work. Not sure if Rock Auto ships to NZ, but the new Bilsteins are US $401, brand new.
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I'm not sure why Arnott is not doing so well, quality-wise, in other countries outside of the USA and Canada. Could it be that in other countries, Arnott is taking Chinesium cores and remanufacturing those? That could explain the 2-year warranty elsewhere. Here in the USA, they've been much better; all three of our AIRmatic cars have Arnotts and they work very well.

OP, given what you're experiencing, I'd trust the Bilsteins first.
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