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Old 06-13-2001, 12:33 AM
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Question Squeaking noise when turning the steering wheel

Just wondering if anyone has ever had a problem with something in the steering on 97 and above Ford F-150's and Expy's, My wife has 97 Expy Eddie Bauer and my 97 F-150 4x4 are squeaking really bad when turning corners. Sounds like its coming from a tie rod or steering link. Hoping for some info on this one.

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Old 06-13-2001, 12:48 AM
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Does it sound like an old door creaking? If it does then, do a search on pitman arms. They tend to start squeaking on a lot of our trucks after 35,000 miles or so. Some people have had them replaced entirely, and there is a great thread somewhere on the board about greasing them. Thats what I did and it worked great. Better to spend $5.00 on a tube of high quality grease as opposed to $80.00 on having the dealership replace it entirely.
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Old 06-13-2001, 10:47 AM
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I had to replace my pitman arm and upper and lower ball joints. The squeaking you are speaking of got so loud I could hear it inside my truck w/ the doors closed. There are no grease fittings so I am not to sure if it is possible to lube the front end... atleast that is what the dealer told me. good luck

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Old 06-13-2001, 05:29 PM
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My 1997 4X4 is doing the same thing and I am pretty sure it is the Pitman Arm. I have 56K miles. My local dealer want's $350.00 to replace. I pumped some grease in the boot with a needle fitting on a grease gun and did not fix the problem. I may have waited too long. Anyway, a local 4X4 shop quoted me $200.00 to replace and I will probably pay it and move on.

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Old 06-14-2001, 06:04 AM
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Same thing on my 97 4x4. It is the pitman arm, and I too tried the grease needle thing that someone had done. No luck, quoted 250 by my mechanic to fix. I bought louder pipes. lol, if if gets louder, gotta upgrade the stereo...

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Old 06-14-2001, 09:26 AM
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pitman arm
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Old 06-14-2001, 06:07 PM
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It is the Pitman arm. Had mine replaced under warranty back in 98. Good Luck!

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