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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Question: squeaky front end

 

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Visitor, 5.2L V8, Jasper, TN, March 20, 2010, 18:35

have a very squeaky front end on left and also when turning the steer wheel but has no problem with driving, etc. sounds like a 1900 car when you go over a speed hump and just as loud when you turne the steering wheel

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    March 21, 2010, 09:27
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    Your concern sounds like a possible wheel bearing or a possible tie rod ends or ball joints. The best thing you can do is lift the front end up off the ground and support the front suspension with jacks and block the back wheels for safety. Then take the front wheel and shake it back and forth to see if there is any play in the tie rod ends or wheel bearings, due both sides and then grab the same wheel and go up & down to see if there is any play in the ball joints, this is a start. If there is no play in these areas you should look at the sway bar links, they are on the upper control arm and go down to the lower control arm, they are a small stright pin with bushings on both sides and the bushings could be bad, but also look at the bushing on the control arms. If you have any play in these areas then get it to a shop unless you can perform the work yourself. I hope this helps.

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    Visitor, March 23, 2011, 13:47

    lubricate your front suspension - tie rods - ball joints and check the torsion bar bushings usually they squeek when going over bumps - turning can be caused by no lubrication in front steering components - including pitman arm if zerts are available

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    Visitor, May 31, 2011, 07:34

    I agree with #2. My 2003 was fixed for several months with Armor All. Time to do it again I can hear. But like #1 says check out the mechanical components to be safe.

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