Your car must be squeaking! Otherwise, you won't be here.
Has everyone started to notice your car squeak awkwardly?
It's maybe embarrassing for you or not. Either way, you should do something because bad shocks affect the suspension and steering of your vehicle.
So, let's do something about it. Here, we discuss how to fix squeaky shocks of a car.
And if you're here out of sheer curiosity, you're gonna find this article interesting.
Signs Of Bad Shocks
- 1 Signs Of Bad Shocks
- 2 How To Fix Squeaky Shocks
- 3 Questions May Pop Up In Your Head
- 4 Conclusion
- Wheel vibration after hitting a bump.
- Badly cupped tires and noticeable tire shaking
- When you're driving on rough roads or backing out of a driveway or, there's suspension bottoming.
- A bouncy ride.
- When you drive in strong crosswinds or take turns, your body sways or rocks.
How To Fix Squeaky Shocks
Chassis lubrication is fairly inexpensive. A grease gun, some chassis grease, and a couple of aerosol cans of lubricant won't cost you much. If you don't want your vehicle to sound like an angry gerbil on a treadmill, just buy lube asap.
Today, most vehicles are manufactured with sealed "lubed for life" ball joints, tie rod ends, and even U-joints. And it's common sense that the joint wears out as soon as the factory-fill grease dries out.
Some vehicles have proper grease fittings on their suspension and driveline parts. That allows you to use a simple hand-pumped grease gun to inject precious lubrication at regular intervals.
You'll find lube-friendly grease fittings in all aftermarket parts, even the direct replacements for the sealed factory units.
So, you may ask what the difference between the greaseable aftermarket parts and the 'lubed of life' parts is?
A hole with grease fitting.
Without this inexpensive hole, car manufacturers save some manufacturing costs, and the omission of grease fitting increases the probability of vehicle maintenance frequency.
So, if your vehicle doesn't have a grease fitting, you can easily drill a hole into the sealed part and add a grease fitting. Remember, parts without lubrication will require eventual replacement.
Get Underneath Your Vehicle!
Does your vehicle have enough space to crawl underneath it?
Before lubricating your chassis, ensure that you can work safely underneath the vehicle. You can use ramps or safety stands. Or you toss something bigger than your head under the vehicle as insurance.
Okay, if you're able to get underneath the car, open up the dust boot on the fitting. Then clean off any grime with a rag. After that, pop the grease gun onto the fitting. And squeeze the trigger until grease reaches all the edges of the rubber boot.
If you can't get any grease into the fitting, It's probably clogged with dried grease or dirt. Press harder on the trigger of the grease gun. If it's still dry, use a wrench to unscrew the fitting. And then clean it out using a wire and solvent. Otherwise, install a new one from the auto parts store.
What I'm Gonna Do If It Still Squeaks?
There can be few other reasons behind the squeaking of your vehicle's suspension.
You can use thin plastic insulators to avoid noise from metal to metal friction of coils or leaf springs. However, these protectors can fall off with the vehicle's age and constant toil of road.
Spraying lithium grease to soak that noisy area can be a temporary solution.
If someone can bounce the car up and down, you may crawl around underneath to track down that squeak. Silicone spray is better if the sound is from a rubber suspension bushing. The silicone won't degrade the rubber bushing, but it won't last long.
Questions May Pop Up In Your Head
Why are my shocks squeaking?
The most universal joints in your suspension system are bushings. And they are also the most likely to bring about a squeaky suspension. Bushings can squeak if rubber gets torn or even dried out. Also, incorrect torque may lead to a problem in the bushings, which may result in squeaking. And the last reason is very common and obvious, broken shocks.
What noise does a bad shock make?
Rubber bushings cushion shocks and struts. This rubber bushing will wear out eventually. This will create a banging and rattling noise when the vehicle faces bumps and rough road conditions. And a broken shock usually makes a scraping or grating noise.
How long you can drive with bad shocks depends on the roughness of roads and the load your vehicle is carrying. Usually, you may have to replace them with heavy use at 40,000 or 50,000 miles or sooner.
The rod's bushings are likely to make the clunking noise. You should also check for loose or dried-out mounting bushings. When there's a dry joint at the idler or pitman arm, you may experience a groaning noise while turning the wheel.
First, find out why your shocks may squeak. We tried to provide you enough info to figure it out. Also, try the methods we described. We hope those are helpful to solve your problem.