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Old 14 Feb 2010, 07:51 pm
thebigguy
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97 CRV 127000...just took a trip today and started hearing a squeaking
coming from the front of the vehicle...I was at the drive thru and
when I turned the wheel in either direction, I could hear the
squeaking...Later stopped for fuel and checked upper lower ball joints
seals cv boots tie rod end rubber and all seemed clean and was not
cracked or broken...pushing up and down on the hood revealed
squeaking, but there was only 1 bounce back...turned the wheel with
car on and still heard the squeaking...my thought was maybe the shock/
strut bushing? Any ideas would greatly be appreciated...I looked on
autozones site and it said coil spring sway bar bushing or steering
stabilizer bracket.
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Old 16 Feb 2010, 06:21 am
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thebigguy <bigjcw1023@gmail.com> wrote in news:92ad84cc-4d53-4e88-8a50-
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> 97 CRV 127000...just took a trip today and started hearing a squeaking
> coming from the front of the vehicle...I was at the drive thru and
> when I turned the wheel in either direction, I could hear the
> squeaking...Later stopped for fuel and checked upper lower ball joints
> seals cv boots tie rod end rubber and all seemed clean and was not
> cracked or broken...pushing up and down on the hood revealed
> squeaking, but there was only 1 bounce back...turned the wheel with
> car on and still heard the squeaking...my thought was maybe the shock/
> strut bushing? Any ideas would greatly be appreciated...I looked on
> autozones site and it said coil spring sway bar bushing or steering
> stabilizer bracket.




You most likely have a seizing lower balljoint. Get it looked at
immediately!

See here for some fun stories of balljoint failure:
<http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/lowerballjoint/index.html>

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Old 16 Feb 2010, 09:22 pm
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Tegger wrote:
> You most likely have a seizing lower balljoint. Get it looked at
> immediately!


Could it also be the stabilizer bar bushings?

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Old 17 Feb 2010, 06:55 am
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"Charles" <electrochuckREMOVE@XXXatt.net> wrote in news:hlfnn8$lu4$1
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> Tegger wrote:
>> You most likely have a seizing lower balljoint. Get it looked at
>> immediately!

>
> Could it also be the stabilizer bar bushings?
>



/Extremely/ unlikely, unless you have aftermarket urethane bushings in
there.


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Old 18 Feb 2010, 08:31 am
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On Tue, 16 Feb 2010 19:22:36 -0800, "Charles"
<electrochuckREMOVE@XXXatt.net> wrote:

>Tegger wrote:
>> You most likely have a seizing lower balljoint. Get it looked at
>> immediately!

>
>Could it also be the stabilizer bar bushings?



Sure could. If it is your balljoint it is probably dry that is all.
Get a can of fluid film and make a pin hole in the rubber and spray.
Voila squeak gone and balljoint is lubricated. The integrity of the
balljoint is not damaged when it is dry.
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Old 18 Feb 2010, 10:52 am
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Clete <lecllaij@halifax.ca> wrote in
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> On Tue, 16 Feb 2010 19:22:36 -0800, "Charles"
> <electrochuckREMOVE@XXXatt.net> wrote:
>
>>Tegger wrote:
>>> You most likely have a seizing lower balljoint. Get it looked at
>>> immediately!

>>
>>Could it also be the stabilizer bar bushings?

>
>
> Sure could.




Extremely rare with OEM bushings. Common with aftermarket.



> If it is your balljoint it is probably dry that is all.
> Get a can of fluid film and make a pin hole in the rubber and spray.
> Voila squeak gone and balljoint is lubricated. The integrity of the
> balljoint is not damaged when it is dry.
>




A dry balljoint places /enormous/ stress on the threaded post. That's why
it will eventually snap, as my posted web page abundantly shows.

OP should NOT allow this to continue any longer, but should get this looked
at.

The procedure is simple: pop the balljoint taper, lever the lower control
arm out of the way, then wiggle the balljoint post by hand. Takes five
minutes once the car is raised, and any stickiness will be /very/ obvious.

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Old 18 Feb 2010, 09:09 pm
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Clete wrote:

> Sure could. If it is your balljoint it is probably dry that is all.
> Get a can of fluid film and make a pin hole in the rubber and spray.
> Voila squeak gone and balljoint is lubricated. The integrity of the
> balljoint is not damaged when it is dry.


Sure, pal. A little WD-40 will lube that baby right up and you'll be
good for another 100K!

If the ball joint is dry, the bearing surfaces have likely suffered
severe wear. The BJ NEEDS to be replaced. Back in the old days the
assembly had grease fittings and you could, in a pinch, flush it with
solvent then pump in enough grease to keep it going for a while. Even
then a damaged socket would usually tear itself up in short order. Most
newer joints aren't serviceable in any way, and there is NO way to
properly re-grease them. Pissing on it with spray-can light oil ain't
gonna make it. Yea, you <might> soften some of the remaining hardened
grease sufficiently that it will flow around and restore some minimal
lubrication, but the 'fix' won't last more than a few weeks.
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