If it was the pitman it would only squeak when turning(not squeal) and not
likely anyway...(I have seen a CV ball joint squeak when turning but its not
common.) If the noise happens when ever the engine is running, car moving or
not, it is most likely a pulley bearing or the belt. You must open the hood
and look for the problem. :)
I don't see how the pitman arm is going to squeal.
Have someone at the dealer or other shop go for a ride with you and
identify the noise. Then get an estimate and decide whether to repair
You are driving a 10+ year old vehicle and some would consider that a
clunker just based on its age. You don't have to announce your arrival
at a traffic light with strange noises.
On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 13:24:59 -0500, Grotto_Lotto <> wrote:
Shoe, Al, & Master,
Thanks for your insights, but I'm still working on the problem,
although I've yet to see another mechanic, yet. But I must confess
that might original description may not be totally accurate in that it
is not quite a loud squeal, but more of a very load creaking. It
doesn't happen when I'm stopped and until a few days ago was
intermitent. Could it need some grease? Are there grease zerqs(sp)
on this model?
If it's one of the ball joints (control arm, tie rod, or pitman arm) creaking,
you can usually isolate which one it is by having a friend bounce the front
end or turn the steering wheel back and forth (just enough to make the
noise) while you reach under and feel each joint for telltale vibrations.
If the noise is only when bouncing, check the rubber sway bar mounts too.
If a joint is dry enough to be making noise, it's also dry to enough to
seize up when you least expect it, and possibly breaking, which
can lead to a complete loss of steering control.
Autozone has some info ....
as well as a nice under-car pic of your front end, with little arrows pointing
to most of the relevant parts ....
Do you mean like over bumps? If so, on a CV I would suspect lower control
arm bushings. I don't think it will have any grease fittings. You really
should take it to a front end/alignment shop to have it checked out. You can
easiely check the bushings by checking to see if the bolt that goes through
the bushing is centered to the bushing. It should be.
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