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Strange front end noise....

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by muddin4fun, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. muddin4fun

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    Okay...everytime I turn into a parking space, a weird noise (kinda like the sound of tires on a really slick shop floor) comes from somewhere in the front end (I believe) when I straighten out the tires. But this noise happens on asphalt and concrete! The tires aren't slipping, which is what it sounds like. Any ideas as to what to check?

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  2. Emmettology 101

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    Maybe a squeakin belt? Or Power Steering pump?

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  3. KRAZIE87K5

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    Sounds like ball-joints to me... Check to see if they are greaseable, if not they are more than likely the OEM parts. If you have to replace them, I would recommend you let a shop do that one... but that's just my opinion!

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  4. tRustyK5

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    Yeah it sounds like something is lacking grease...grab yer grease gun and get everything that is greasable under the front end and see if the noise is still there.

    Rene

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    Hmmm...ball joints. That could be why it also pulls to the left when I hit the brakes and why it wanders AND what that funny clunk is underneath. I didn't think ball joints could make a rubber squeaky noise, but I've been surprised a lot of times! Thanks!

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    What kind of funny clunk?

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    You just answered your own question. Your balls are loose or worn out, take your pick :)

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    I think the solution would be a new Dana 60...[​IMG][​IMG]
    That should get rid of the noises!

    Rene...hates ball joints

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  9. muddin4fun

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    It's a dull thud...like a broken shock mount. I thought that was what the thud was when i hit a bump, but it could be bad ball joints too. I haven't gotten under there to look yet.

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  10. ftn96

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    Check the ball-joints like you check for wheel bearings. You may wan to get someone else to wiggle the wheel while your back there looking.
    And the ball-joints are not bad to change your self. YOu will need to take the knuckles to a shop with a press though to press out the old and in with the new.

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  11. Blue85

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    Oh no, not loose balls!

    If the ball joints are really loose, the squeaking could be the knuckle rubbing against the rubber grease boot of the joint.

    You can also get some squeaks from any polyurethane front suspension components when you turn the wheel. As the front wheels turn, the whole angle of the front end changes because of the caster built into the axle. This can move your springs or sway bar just a little and give a squeak.

    But it does sound like you've got bad ball joint(s) or else a bad tie rod end/drag link end.

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    So is this a unanimous vote for bad or need to be greased ball joints? LOL!!! I'll take a look. I've done ball joints before...I ain't scared of'em! LOL!

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    Yeah, they are all bark and no bite. LMAO!!!

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
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  14. mudhog

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    i would grease everything up really good and see if that helps

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    Dang I hate it when my balls get worn, loose or worn out! [​IMG]

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    Well, upon inspection, I found the driver's side upper ball joint bad, the passanger wheel bearing needs grease, and possible a warped rotor. I tried throwing some grease into the ball joints (all of them, both sides) and they are clogged. So, out with the bad, and in with the good. It'll be a little while (a couple of weeks) before I replace them. Thanks for your help!

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  17. Cmoe

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    check your steering pump sounds like you may have some air in the system.. the other things you just mentioned may be the bolts for your steering box eaather loss or the frame may be cracked.... I just had to tighten the bolts on mine.....

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    Never heard of bringing the knuckles to a shop to have them pressed out and back on. Just use a pickle fork and a BFH. Works pretty slick.

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