New strut assemblies, squeaking when turning


#1

So I bought and installed this…http://www.ebay.com/itm/291641799742?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT. Everything seemed to go just fine, but now when I turn the wheel I get a rubber on metal type squeak out of both fronts, the right worse than the left. Is there a secret trick I didn’t know about? Did I do something wrong? Thanks in advance, Ron


#2

This is for a Ford Windstar? What year? Which wheels, all four or just 2 front or 2 rear? Has anyone put it on a lift and taken a look-see for what’s interfering?


#3

Sorry I left that out. It’s a 1998 Windstar, FWD front struts, rear shocks.15 inch stock, steel wheels. This used to be a US Postal service cargo van.


#4

Take a look at this.


#5

Sounds like lousy parts. I think what you did wrong was buy cheap parts off the internet.

I just looked at my wholesale cost for quality Monroe complete front struts and new rear shocks. The front strut assemblies are $155 each my cost. Rear shocks are $27 each. $364 for quality name brand parts, you bought some unknown no-name parts for less than half that amount. I think the cure will be to replace them with a name people know and trust.


#6

I’ve actually installed 4 or 5 sets of that brand which were purchased off of eBay and there have been no problems with them. That’s NOT to say problem-free applies to them all.

Just for hoots, you might try spraying the rubber pads on the coil springs with a lubricant such as WD-40 to see if the problem subsides or goes away. At this point it’s worth a cheap shot of something.


#7

If you tightened up everything with the wheels dangling, you may have too much twist in the bushings now. Loosen, take a drive around the block to settle everything, then tighten to spec.


#8

If you replaced the struts and now have a squeaking sound when turning the steering wheel, it sounds like a problem with the upper strut bearings.

Tester


#9

thank you, kind people. I will try tour suggestions. I did tighten it all down with the van up on jack stands, so that very well might be the fix. It does sound like the top bearing/ mount is where the noise comes from.


#10

Open the hood.

Start the engine.

Place your hand on the upper strut mount.

Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth.

If you feel a vibration along with the noise that’s a bad upper strut bearing.

Tester


#11

I loosened the three top mount nuts, and drove down the street and back, making some lock to lock turns. Re tightened them and I have no more noise! Thank you! Now for an alignment to make sure it’s all squared up and I’m good. Thanks again for the help.


#12

Great that it worked out for you and thanks for posting the results. Nothing worse than having to completely redo a job you just did


#13

I had this same issue and tried Shanonia’s suggestion. No more squeaking! Thank you for your expertise, Shanonia!


#14

same issue here, i will try shanonias idea, and let u know