Car lovers, how the fuck do you stop bushings from SQUEAKING?

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    Jul 23, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    Ok so here is the issue. Everything on my car is new. Swaybar bushings came with bushing lube. Lubed them up, and they squeaked for a bit then suddenly went silent! SCORE!!!!

    Then it rained and I drove through it. Now, they SQUEAK like MAD again and its driving me insane. Its embarrassing. Should I just use boybutter or some other anal lube on them now...? FML
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Jul 23, 2012 7:32 AM GMT
    what kind of car is it? did you replace the sway bar bushings because the originals were worn out or have you fitted a larger sway bar? Are the bushings of standard rubber compound or polyurethane?

    if it were me I would disconnect the sway bar on each end and tie it up out of the way so it doesn't move going over bumps, then take the car for a drive down the road (not fast around corners mind you!) and check if the squeaking is still there. It's possible the squeak is originating from another bush or ball joint and it's a coincidence it's happening the same time as you replaced the sway bar bushes.
  • BmwKid92

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    Jul 23, 2012 7:55 AM GMT
    turn your music up, and be lazy orrr

    Clean the bushings with mild (dish) soap and water, and just use a dry rag/cloth on the metal parts/hangers.
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    Jul 23, 2012 10:14 AM GMT
    Derp saidOk so here is the issue. Everything on my car is new. Swaybar bushings came with bushing lube. Lubed them up, and they squeaked for a bit then suddenly went silent! SCORE!!!!

    Then it rained and I drove through it. Now, they SQUEAK like MAD again and its driving me insane. Its embarrassing. Should I just use boybutter or some other anal lube on them now...? FML


    For wet weather Wet Platinum should DO the TRICK !!!!!
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    Jul 23, 2012 10:16 AM GMT
    guyfromnz saidwhat kind of car is it? did you replace the sway bar bushings because the originals were worn out or have you fitted a larger sway bar? Are the bushings of standard rubber compound or polyurethane?

    if it were me I would disconnect the sway bar on each end and tie it up out of the way so it doesn't move going over bumps, then take the car for a drive down the road (not fast around corners mind you!) and check if the squeaking is still there. It's possible the squeak is originating from another bush or ball joint and it's a coincidence it's happening the same time as you replaced the sway bar bushes.


    Correct. Generally what will squeak is control arm bushings.
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Jul 23, 2012 11:36 AM GMT
    I had a rogue squeaking I could not track down on one of my cars, it would come and go depending on the weather or what roads it had been driving on, turned out to be one of the ball joints. My current car had two new Munroe shocks and not long after developed a knocking noise on hard bumps, ended up replacing all the bushes and even the strut top mounts to find the noise was still there! Well.. what a way to find out Munroe shocks are junk.. the noise was coming from them. Tossed them out and replaced with KYB and never looked back.
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    Jul 23, 2012 12:13 PM GMT
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    Jul 23, 2012 12:21 PM GMT
    Derp saidOk so here is the issue. Everything on my car is new. Swaybar bushings came with bushing lube. Lubed them up, and they squeaked for a bit then suddenly went silent! SCORE!!!!

    Then it rained and I drove through it. Now, they SQUEAK like MAD again and its driving me insane. Its embarrassing. Should I just use boybutter or some other anal lube on them now...? FML

    Analyzing a car squeak online is as difficult as giving medical advice, without seeing the "patient" in person. What does "everything on my car is new" mean? All the suspension components? Including the swaybar? Or just the bushings? Who selected these items for your car? A NAPA store, a dealer, mail order? Did you install these bushings yourself? What year and model car?

    Many replacement car parts come from China now, or other off-shore sources, and their quality is highly variable. Metal parts are frequently poor, rusting quickly and lacking OEM strength, and rubber is also substandard.

    In addition to poor quality parts, other issues can include: incorrect parts for your car; incorrect assembly order and/or positioning; incorrect torquing of bolts, resulting in either over or under-compression of the bushing; failure to clean the contact surfaces of any reused metal parts, depending on sway bar design. Did you also replace the rubber bushings that attach the sway bar to the chassis, as well as at the sway bar ends?

    Squeaks can be maddening, because the sound can travel along metal parts and may be perceived as originating from a different location. In this case, it may be necessary to drive the car over a lube pit with someone down there, who listens as the suspension is worked by a second person above. (Don't try that on the ground) The pit person should use a mechanic's stethoscope with a metal probe.
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    Jul 23, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    I have a 2011 FX50..almost from week one, the front end would squeak.
    Brought it back to the dealer several times. Problem fixed until it would rain! icon_mad.gif So I had mentioned it to my trainer, and he said I should take it to his dad's shop. So I had the trainer take it there. He used some water resistant grease. And VOILÀ! It fixed it. icon_biggrin.gif
    It lasts about 6 months or so. Then have it re-applied. Simple fix. No vehicle downtime. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan
  • monet

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    Jul 23, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    Turn music up.
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    Jul 23, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    Buy a new car.
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    Jul 23, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    Mine do it when it rains. And i just replaced the front control arm bushings. I have no idea why they do. But as soon as it drys, the noise is gone. Its not loud. But I hear it from time to time.
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    tie rods, inner and outer, control arms with all balljoints, swaybar links, sway bar bushings and control arm bushings, all brand new. The squeaks are coming from the swaybar bushings icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    what kind of car?
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    Can I borrow one of you car nuts for a couple of questions?
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    ask away
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    Jul 25, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    its a bmw e36 chassis.

    Ask away
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    You should probably clean and wipe them down. use an air gun and spray on it BEFORE you use any type of liquid, then try some silicon spray. Energy suspension make a lubricant that can only be described as synthetic gorilla snot. ALSO, check for small TINY cracks, as even though they are new, they can still crack under certain conditions, and cracks will squeak heavily.

    They can also squeak from being put in wrong. Yo might want to have a mechanic go in and check them professionally, but if you are a DIY guy, use my method. I've fixed a lot of squeaking on the old cars and trucks on the farm. Good luck!
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    White Lithium Grease works wonders on squeaky bushings!
  • Montague

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    Jul 25, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    I'd suggest going aftermarket with a warranty, most oem steering components suck, especially if you drive like a maniac.
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Im gonna lube them tomorrow, will report with results.
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    Derp saidOk so here is the issue. Everything on my car is new. Swaybar bushings came with bushing lube. Lubed them up, and they squeaked for a bit then suddenly went silent! SCORE!!!!

    Then it rained and I drove through it. Now, they SQUEAK like MAD again and its driving me insane. Its embarrassing. Should I just use boybutter or some other anal lube on them now...? FML



    You should use boat trailer axle grease for one thing. As mentioned above, poly bushings will always squeak a bit
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    Jul 27, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    musclefetish1 saidI have a 2011 FX50..almost from week one, the front end would squeak.
    Brought it back to the dealer several times. Problem fixed until it would rain! icon_mad.gif So I had mentioned it to my trainer, and he said I should take it to his dad's shop. So I had the trainer take it there. He used some water resistant grease. And VOILÀ! It fixed it. icon_biggrin.gif
    It lasts about 6 months or so. Then have it re-applied. Simple fix. No vehicle downtime. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan


    That's all Ford trucks. Keep 'em long enough and they'll even develop a rattle like dragging chains ;)
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    Jul 27, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    musclefetish1 saidI have a 2011 FX50..almost from week one, the front end would squeak.
    Brought it back to the dealer several times. Problem fixed until it would rain! icon_mad.gif So I had mentioned it to my trainer, and he said I should take it to his dad's shop. So I had the trainer take it there. He used some water resistant grease. And VOILÀ! It fixed it. icon_biggrin.gif
    It lasts about 6 months or so. Then have it re-applied. Simple fix. No vehicle downtime. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan


    That's all Ford trucks. Keep 'em long enough and they'll even develop a rattle like dragging chains ;)


    Ford? No, not a F150. It's my 2011 Infiniti FX50
    Not that there is anything wrong with an F150
    (Figured I need to clarify before my haters start their bullshit.)

    Tristan
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    Jul 28, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    musclefetish1 said
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    musclefetish1 saidI have a 2011 FX50..almost from week one, the front end would squeak.
    Brought it back to the dealer several times. Problem fixed until it would rain! icon_mad.gif So I had mentioned it to my trainer, and he said I should take it to his dad's shop. So I had the trainer take it there. He used some water resistant grease. And VOILÀ! It fixed it. icon_biggrin.gif
    It lasts about 6 months or so. Then have it re-applied. Simple fix. No vehicle downtime. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan


    That's all Ford trucks. Keep 'em long enough and they'll even develop a rattle like dragging chains ;)


    Ford? No, not a F150. It's my 2011 Infinity FX50
    Not that there is anything wrong with an F150
    (Figured I need to clarify before my haters start their bullshit.)

    Tristan


    Hey, we have something in common. I have an FX 35. I love it. The bf hates it. Go figure. icon_wink.gif