Front end squeaks

mercury

#1

when getting into car, sitting you hear the first squeak.

when turning the steering wheel to the left the squeel is very load. when driving in a straight line and going over small to moderate bumps/holes you hear a squeaking.



is this ball joint, tie rod, or spring?



how do I tell if its the ball joint or the tie rod?



it started about 12000 miles ago and has been getting worse.



what to do?


#2

You pretty much describe the same problem here. http://community.cartalk.com/posts/list/2129500.page

Tester


#3

Sounds more like a ball joint than a tie rod end to me.

I suggest taking the car to your mechanic and asking him or her to inspect the ball joints and the tie rod ends.

Then you’ll know for sure.


#4

If you touch the different parts while an assistant jounces the car, the one with the strongest vibration is the offending part. The squeak is caused by a vibration of the dried out components rubbing against one another internally. It is either a ball joint or tie rod end, but definitely not a spring.

PS: Do NOT do this test with the car on a jack. Leave it on the ground or use a drive on lift.


#5

My first suspect is usually a sway bar bushing due to rubber drying and hardening with age.
If the problem is a sway bar bushing that’s not a critical failure type of thing but more of an irritant.

Sometimes loosening the sway bar clamps and applying a little silicone based grease will fix them right up.