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Help! Horrible front end sqweak!


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July 8, 2012
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City, State
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 Explorer XLT
Alright so I recently noticed that whenever I hit a bump, turn the steering wheel at all, or gas or brake hard the front end starts sqweaking! So I had my dad rock the truck from side to side while I was underneath the front end to try to find the problem. It sounds like the T-bars? It annoys the piss outta and I'd like to fix it! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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it is probably the lower ball joints. Could be the lower control arm bushings also.
replacing the lower control arms should fix it. Rockauto has a good price on motorcraft replacements. Avoid moog, and raybestos.

You will most likely need an alignment afterward.

his can also happen when you get sticks/wood behind your heat shield on your brakes. I get it a bit after being out bush.

I use WD40 on my sway bar bushings to stop the noise