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Left front suspension squeaking badly on 2000 Ford Explorer XLS. Is there a grease point for the A arms or do I need new struts/shocks?

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If the boots are ripped on your lower ball joints you will need to replace them, rain water has washed away the factory lubricant they have no grease fitting from the factory. Replacements will come with grease fittings. Tie rod ends can also be the source of the noise, same deal no factory fittings. VERY COMMON PROBLEM.

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SOURCE: Squeaking shocks and struts

replace wheel bearings

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SOURCE: 1993 ford escort wagon struts or shocks? bottoms out rear clunk

That vehicle probably has rear shocks only but there is an easy way to tell a strut has a heavy coil surrounding the shock and is easily recognized. Hopefully it is shocks only - they are alot less expensive and easier to work on - Good Luck

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SOURCE: Help with replacement struts/shocks BMW 328Ci

go to the link below and u will find instructional video of this job.

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SOURCE: I am replacing the rear struts on my 98 toyota xls

upper nuts 36 lbs and the bottom two big ones are 145 lbs and the upper mount to body are 29 lbs. good luck man

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