squeeky 97 ford taurus

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Old 09-11-08, 06:35 AM
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squeeky 97 ford taurus

Hello all,

I have a 1997 ford taurus. The car squeeks like a door on rusty hinges when I make turns. It sounds like the noise comes from the wheels, the driver's side. It is most pronounced in the mornings, when the car is cool. I never hear it when I have been driving for a while. When the noise first started, I would hear it exclusively when I turn the tires to the right but now it happens in either direction. Anyone know what this might be?

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Old 09-11-08, 04:46 PM
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Classic symptom of a dry ball joint....unfortunately , ford didnt see fit to provide lube fittings, so it must be replaced.
 
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Old 09-12-08, 10:05 AM
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what happens if i don't replace it?
 
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Old 09-12-08, 03:26 PM
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Basically, what youre hearing is the plastic insert in the joint being ground up. Right now its annoying, but as time progresses, it will become a failure.

Anything that is even remotely associated with keeping the wheels secured to the vehicle , is a safety issue. "Nuff Said".
 
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Old 09-12-08, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by daufoi View Post
what happens if i don't replace it?
I'd suggest you replace it on a priority basis if you do any highway driving and value your life.
 
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Old 09-12-08, 07:08 PM
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what will happen is that eventully the ball joint will seperate and fail then your wheel will be driven into the wheel well and you will lose steering, can be very dangerous.

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Old 09-15-08, 08:51 PM
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How difficult would it be if I was to try to replace it myself (beginner's knowledge in cars)?

EDIT: The reason I ask is because this is 1997 Ford going on 188,000 miles. The engine light is on because of the oxygen sensor in the exhaust. For the past 2 years, there is a cracked engine mount which would be very expensive to fix. Now this ball joint problem. I was planning to buy a new car next year. I might be able to pull it off now financially but I would be stretching it.
 
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