This is An Older post I made last year:
I have a 1999 Chevy Venture van. It is running great except for this
squeaking noise. When you turn and hit a dip it squeaks like a
tricycle with a rusted wheel. It also does this when slowing down or
just moving through a bumpy parking lot. It has done this also on a
smooth surface just stopping at a red light. The shocks seem fine
because the van drives very, very smooth.
I took it o my mechanic and he greased some bushings, and said
that should fix it. Well it didn't. Anyone have any idea what it is? I
have parked the van, and then stood outside of it, and rocked it side
to side, and front to back, and can never hear it. It is coming from
the front of the vehicle for sure. What could it be?
Still got the same squeaking noise as described above. I am going
*G nuts. Finally now you can actually rock the van side to side
and hear the noise. My son rocked, I sprayed. Nearly 2 cans of
silicone spray on every part I could think of. Still squeaking. I took
it back to my mechanic and told him that we could finally make the
squeak happen. He heard it finally and was almost 100% positive it was
the ball joints. It sounds as if it is coming from the middle of the
car. Scheduled the repair.
Took it to him Wednesday. He sat aside many hours to try and please
me. He said he took nearly the entire uncarriage apart, checked
bushings, sway bar, control arm, shocks, struts, tires, rotors, and
even checked ball joints throughly. After getting my van back it's
still squeaking. He knew it would be because he said after checking
everything he could possibly think of, several things I didn't name
cause I cant remember he said he could find nothing and charged me
Everything was greased fine he said. He is frustrated as well. He said
after working on cars as many years as he has he just cannot find out
where that damn noise is coming from. It is very irritating. The only
thing he could come up with is that the van has possible been wrecked
and could be coming from the frame somewhere. We cannot find it.
The squeaking is so aggravating that I always ride with the radio up
fairly loud to try and drown out the noise.
Tonight I decided to drive with the radio down and noticed that this
squeaking 99% of the time only happens when I am turning *RIGHT*
a parking lot/4way/or any right turns--- and causing the van to rock
from left to right. When I turn *LEFT*
anywhere also causing the van
to rock from left to right it doesn't do it. Could this have something
to do with the steering? Squeaks very loud when turning right, but not
when turning left.
I mean it is terrible. It sounds as if the van is just an old rusted
piece of junk. It's not just no simple little squeak. It doesn't stop
until the van has stopped rocking from left to right after making the
turn. I just wish someone here could hear it. It is excruciating.
Please if you have any ideas or suggestions as to what my mechanic
could check let me know. Could it be steering?
I really hope enough people here read this and give me some type of
advice cause I am going insane. Other than this squeaking the van
drives and handles perfectly. This noise has got to stop or I'll trade
the damn thing in. I can't take it anymore.