Chasing Squeaks (Part 2)

This follows my misery from Chasing Squeaks (A guide on how not to problem solve). So go check that out if you haven’t yet.

After the last attempt at trying to quieten the truck, I had another go. This time went much more successfully.

This time I decided to do things more strategically, first things first, I dismantled the entire front right suspension system, I was certain it was coming from in there somewhere.

It went smoothly enough, everything came apart easily. Well other than breaking a ball joint separator trying to get the lower control arm free. I ended up having to use a hammer to knock the ball joint out. The lower control arm bushings were almost completely destroyed. I also found that the lower ball joint was cut up and rattling, the ball joints in the sway bar link had also gone, and the ball joint on the end of the tie rod had had it. No wonder there were so many squeaks and rattles!

Just some of the damage I found.

So time to order new parts! Milner Off Road help! I ended up ordering a new tie rod end, various new bolts and a new sway bar link (oh and a new ball joint separator!) . so yet again the truck was left for a week on axle stands whilst waiting for my parts. Once they arrived, (I act like a kid at Christmas when new parts arrive, tearing them open frantically), it was time for assembly.

Weirdly everything went back together with no issue. It only took me about two hours before the wheels were back on and on the ground!

Once everything was back together and on the ground the truck looked a little weird… It was pigeon toed. The front right wheel was straight, but the front right was turning left slightly. Changed the tie rod end – messed up the alignment.

So carefully I drove it to a local garage to get the alignment sorted. It only took about 20 minutes and cost about £40. Now the truck drives nicely and guess what!

IT STOPPED SQUEAKING!

The truck was silent once again! (well apart from a knocking on the other side, which is due to the other sway bar link being bad, but that’s an easy job for another day).

Happy with how the truck was driving I decided to get my new BF Goodrich AT KO2’s fitted (Finally!)

I took the truck to a tyre garage tucked away in an industrial estate and it’s fair to say I took it to the right place.

They changed the tyres over in about half hour. But the place was surrounded by 4×4’s and I had to park the truck next to a lifted Jeep Cherokee. So I was quite happy walking around looking at the other vehicles whilst my tyres were changed.

So now the truck no longer squeaks and it has a nice new set of tyres on it. Successful week!

Well it was, but now the back left door doesn’t close properly and rattles… One noise after another…

So in brief (adding to what I had learnt before):

  1. Do not use a hammer to remove the driveshaft from the hub assembly.
  2. Make sure you know exactly where the noise originates before buying and changing parts.
  3. If bushings don’t need to be changed, DON’T CHANGE THEM.
  4. Milner Off Road have next day delivery.
  5. Use the right tool for removing oil filters.
  6. If you are changing the oil, get a new oil filter.
  7. Use drainage piping of sorts to guide dripping oil away from skid plate.
  8. Polyurethane bushings are super easy to install.
  9. If you are unsure what the problem is, investigate, you might find other problems.
  10. Ball joint separator tools are very easy to break.
  11. Ball joints all seem to break at once.
  12. Milner Off Road have really useful parts.
  13. Getting the alignment done is cheap and painless.
  14. Liquid spanner and a torque wrench seem to fix everything.

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