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Old 07-19-2010, 05:01 PM
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73 Nova front suspension squeaks like crazy

Hi i have an 73 Nova with a 350 and th350 in it, its go front drum brakes and what all seems to be stock front suspension, and the other night after i pulled out i noticed a loud constant squeak coming from the front suspension, and it gets louder when i take turns, but goes away when i go below 25mph in a straight line. im pretty sure its not coming from the brakes, as soon as this happened my steering seems looser, might be me, i have a manual gear box. just wanted to get some ideas from what you guys think, thanks.

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The easiest way i guess would be to get a can of w d 40 or pb blaster and look at the places in your suspension that move. drive the car and squirt each one and drive again till you eliminate the squeeker.Have you ever greased the front suspension? I think I would start there .
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If the front suspension is squeaking, you need to replace the control arm bushings. There are NO parts that should need spray lubrication. If the ball joints are properly greased, then there are worn rubber parts that need to be replaced. Letting it go will eventually lead to suspension failure, or at a minimum, damage to other parts (like the control arm shaft) that will increase repair costs. Just fix it right.
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Hi i have an 73 Nova with a 350 and th350 in it, its go front drum brakes and what all seems to be stock front suspension, and the other night after i pulled out i noticed a loud constant squeak coming from the front suspension, and it gets louder when i take turns, but goes away when i go below 25mph in a straight line. im pretty sure its not coming from the brakes, as soon as this happened my steering seems looser, might be me, i have a manual gear box. just wanted to get some ideas from what you guys think, thanks.
Sounds like high time for a rebuilding of your suspension.

PST currently has coupons in their catalog for discounts on their front end parts, you might start w/a visit to their site, as well as to other suspension vendors to see what's out there and their costs.
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If the front suspension is squeaking, you need to replace the control arm bushings. There are NO parts that should need spray lubrication. If the ball joints are properly greased, then there are worn rubber parts that need to be replaced. Letting it go will eventually lead to suspension failure, or at a minimum, damage to other parts (like the control arm shaft) that will increase repair costs. Just fix it right.
I only suggeted spraying anything as a means of pinpointing which part was squeaking. I guess I should have said so.Just a quick way to tell where the trouble is. I do not know and cannot see the actual condition of the mans front end parts. next time I will be a little more clear.
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I only suggeted spraying anything as a means of pinpointing which part was squeaking. I guess I should have said so.Just a quick way to tell where the trouble is. I do not know and cannot see the actual condition of the mans front end parts. next time I will be a little more clear.
Unfortunately the way it was worded, an inexperienced person might think that WD-40 was good enough...
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I don't know on your Nova, don't remember, but unlike the junk made today MANY of the points on your Nova may be greasable. Look for zert fittings for a grease gun on the ball joints and tie rod ends and grease them up.

I know the Nova doesn't have control arm bushings that you can grease, but many cars did, my 65 Buick for instance does. But look at those bushings and see how they may be worn or not. These cars had a very high quality front end and yours could well be in good condition with only a link or two that needs to be replaces if you have a tight budget.

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