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Old 07-24-2003, 11:42 PM
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98 Ranger Suspension Squeaks

98 Ranger 3.0 w/ 112000 miles - starting at about 50000 miles the front suspension starting squeaking when I go over speed bumps or entering/existing parking lots. Noticed that it goes away when its raining. Is it just the bushings squeaking?...I can't find any grease fittings to lube anywhere under the truck. Thanks in advance for any insight.

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Old 07-25-2003, 12:15 AM
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I was just about to post the same type of question. My 98 4x4 with 75k miles has started squeaking about a week ago and is getting progressively worse. I've checked but also found no grease fittings. Hasn't rained here recently so no comments on that. The squeak is heard when the suspension is compressed quickly (big bump, or smaller bumps when I'm going faster). So far, I haven't been able to make it squeak when parked. Tried bouncing the front up and down and all over the place with no luck. Almost led me to believe that the wheel might be moving forward and back in the wheel wheel due to a bad bushing or something, but there doesn't appear to be any play in the wheel. No visible leaking from the shocks or anything either. The shocks are getting weaker and older though, pretty sure they are original. Hoping to get it fixed VERY soon since I'm driving 350 miles Sat night - Sun morning. Haven't had time to take it to a shop yet. Thanks for any help.
By the way, pmccvip, you didn't mention if your truck was 4x2 or 4x4.

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Sorry about not mentioning that my truck is 4x2, but I have done the same thing as you Brian as far as bouncing it up and down when the truck is parked and I can't reproduce the sound. I think the sound has to be coming from some bushing in the suspension, but since I can't reproduce when parked I have no idea which one(s) might be the culprit. When it started around 50K I was concerned but since I now have 112K I've gotten used to it. I just assumed it was related to the "permanently lubricated" bushings. Posted here wondering if others had figured out how to stop it.
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Hey Guys, You may want to replace some bushings. Some guys stick to the original style, because of cost and some replace them with Polyurethane. Since you can't reproduce the sound when parked, it leads me to beleive that it's your front sway bars. They are also the cheapest and easiest to cange. New rubber is ok, but the poly's have zerk fittings so you can grease them. Get a set for the mounts to the bar and for the endlinks. About 20.00. Talk with you guys later....
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Thanks for the reply... I'll try and find some polyurethane bushing when I get back I guess. Any reccommended vendors?

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I'm supposed to recommend vendors that sponsor the site, but I don't know right now if there are. Energy Supension, ADDCO,Hotchkis, Competition Engineering, Suspension Techniques. I'm sorry if I forgot to mention someone. I'll be better next time... Talk to you guys later.....
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98 Ranger Suspension Squeaks

When my ball joints started squeaking, I had some luck pulling back the rubber boot and packing some grease in the bottom with my fingers. Then I just spun the wheel back and forth a few times to work it in a little. It was messy, and not at all the "correct" way to do it, but it kept the squeaks away until I could get them replaced.

I have a stock set (rubber) of Lower Control Arm Bushings for a '98 Ranger/B-series 4x4 that I never put on if anyone is interested, PM me, I can save you the special ordering hassle.
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