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Front wheel squeak and rattle on '95 Ford Windstar

Last September I had the brakes replaced on the front of my Windstar and had a slight intermittent squeak or chirp in the left front wheel. The squeaking sound would silence when ever the brakes were applied. I have since moved to another state and the noise has gotten worse and also developed a rattle in the front that does not quit when brakes are applied. I have taken it to the local Ford dealership here and they said they could not find a problem but thought the rattle was from the front struts. After replacing the struts at a cost of over $800, the problem is becoming more prevalent and annoying. I do not want to take it back to the dealership to spend another $800 for a non-fix, so can you give me an idea of what to look for?

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Check the sway bar links they connect from the strut to the sway bar also if the brakes chatter try plucking the caliper off and placing a little silicone gasket sealer on the BACK of the pads

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