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Old 11-11-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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I have a squeak coming from the front wheel area. The squeak gets worse when I turn the steering wheel to the right or left. Seems to be fine when the steering wheel is straight.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:14 AM   #2
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Tie rod, some bushing? Just some guesses not sure.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:47 PM   #3
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got the same problem
didn't figure it out which one it is, but I guess it can be the tie rod or the ball joint
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:06 PM   #4
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if its the front wheels it is mostly the BALL JOINT
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Yeah but he put X2's but I doubt they would wear out that fast...
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Are X2`s greasable? If they are grease them.
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This chirpy noise is definitely not the balljoints. I know the sound they make, and this is not that sound. Besides, they are brand new Steeda X2's.

The noise has that sound of a squeaky wheel on a shopping cart. As you move the cart faster the wheel starts chirping faster.

Also, when the windows are down, it sounds like it's coming from the drivers side.

Here is what we know so far:

-the noise is coming from the drivers side wheel area (or possibly from the engine bay?)
-it sounds like a chirping shopping cart wheel
-the rate of the chirp is dependant on the speed I am going
-turning the wheels seems to provoke the chirp

I would just take it in to have it checked; however, money is tight right now. I appreciate all the help I can get.
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time to rebuild the hub
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Are the hubs able to be rebuilt on our cars? I know most of the cars today have hub assemblies that cant be rebuilt.
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time to rebuild the hub
He got the punch first, but like Fink said, late model mustangs use a hub with built in bearing. Although its possible to remove and replace the bearing FROM the hub, chances are the hub itself is also worn so....replace the front hubs. Easy way to check this is to go out to your car and firmly wiggle the wheel from the TOP of the tire. Any noticable wheel play that isnt just the car rocking back and forth is bad and indicates worn bearing/hub. Also excessive steering wheel play is an indicator of worn bearing/hub action
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yep ur right the new edges have assemblies and can not be rebuilt, but they are way less expensive than GM hubs. The Timken hub is cheaper then most low quality gm hubs, it's like $60
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I found new assemblies costing anywhere from $60-$120. Does it matter which brand I get?
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OEM replacement is good(Motorcraft), nothing remanufactured. I forget the name of my hubs lemme look it up real quick like

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I cant find the receipt but the hub/bearing assembly is something you dont want to skimp on. Either OEM replacement or like-kind-quality parts.
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Well, I think I was wrong about the problem.

My buddy and I were under the hood and both think that the squeak is coming from the alternator. He specifically said that it sounds like the pulley is probably worn out.

I have two questions:

-Can I replace the pulley?
-Do I go to the junkyard for a alternator?

Any help would be appreciated.
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before you go replacing it, take the belt off the car and start it. if squeak is gone then look for the problem. with the pulley yes they can be replaced but not with hand tools. and the pulley is just a metal piece is doesn't wear out. the alternator drive shaft can get bent though and to answer the question of junkyard alt. NO! never get a junkyard alt get a "reman" from a auto parts store.
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I almost don't trust remans...working at a parts store, I use to see a lot come back, but its gotten better lately. And +1000 to taking the belt off first..when I had a speed related squeak, it was the cam position sensor
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i dont see how turning the steering wheel could provoke an alternator squeak? are you sure its in the engine bay? i dont think i understand fully what kind of squeak your getting but when my car was doing something like that it was my ball joint. even after i replaced it, the grease needed to work its way in so it was still squeaking for a few days or so. does it squeak over bumps also?
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Had same problem on mine 2001 Convertible. My mechanic raised on the lift, in some way filled the tie rod ends with WD40 and a lot of rust and dirt came out, then greased. Squeaking now seems gone away. He said old tie rods was made by bronze and had a greasing point. New one are not serviceable and needs to be replaced.
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