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Metal against metal sound

While driving normal road conditions, often there is a metal against metal squeaking sound. I have checked the shocks in the front, the noise is comming from the driver front. There is no play in the wheel bearings. Any suggestions?

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I would check the upper & lower balljoints & control arm bushings. If it has torsion bars in the suspension that could be the culprit as well. Poke a small hole in the ball joint boots & spary wd40 in there & see if the sound gets better or goes away.

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How do the brake shoes look. Jack up driver's front wheel and remove the wheel turn the steering wheel to the left. Spin the hub and check the disc position within the caliper. Sometimes the disc can become warped. If it is warped you will see the disc wander from side to side within the caliper/brake shoes as it rotates and this is often accompanied by a scraping sound.

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