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The front end on the passenger side of my dakota, squeaks real loud on every little bump. It also squeaks when i turn my wheels. The tie rods coming from the rack and pinion had no grease in them. I put grease in but it still squeaks. I also sprayed all the rubber bushings in the area with WD/40, still nothing. Can you help me?

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That model year had issues with ball joints i have replaced lots for the squeeking

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