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Upper control arm squeek
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:25:52 PM »
The upper control arm on my 71 pinto squeeks loud after about 100 miles on a new cross shaft. I lubed it up on assembly but dont see anyway to lube it once together. Any ideas?

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Re: Upper control arm squeek
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 09:34:00 PM »
What kind of bushings are you using? I installed new poly bushings last year on my 78 and they squeek a lot compared to rubber.
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Re: Upper control arm squeek
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 12:36:39 AM »
I used stock rubber bushings, but is there no way to lube them on a regular basis and you can't put very much lube on initial assembly.

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Re: Upper control arm squeek
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 03:19:22 AM »
The stock rubber bushings are designed to operate without lubrication.  There are no intended sliding surfaces.  Be sure that the A-arm is at its normal ride height before torquing down the cross shaft end nuts, this is to avoid preloading the rubber.  As to the squeak, maybe something loosened up.
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Re: Upper control arm squeek
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 07:54:17 PM »
Try greasing your upper and lower ball joints. I thought my Mustang II had squeeky control arms too, greased the ball joints and it fixed the problem!