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I had the struts and mounts replaced at a local shop but continue to have a "creaking" sound from the mounts. They have replaced the mounts 3 times and I have the sound again. On the fisrt units which were Monroe, it took about 2 weeks for the sound to start, the second which were Raybestos strated immediately, the last, Monroe again, took about 2 weeks. What can I tell this shop to look for or do differently when they do this yet another time?

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  • ronaldhein Jul 06, 2010

    Is this grease part of the normal installation? And why would it take 2 weeks for the problem to show up in two cases and immediately in another? Can they now just take down the strut, grease the existing mount and reuse it or does it need to be replaced?
    this should not be that complex an operation.

  • ronaldhein Jul 07, 2010

    Please see comments on previous posts. This repair is being done by professional mechanics. I'm looking for advice to tell them what might work. They should know that, but the performance has not shown that so far.

  • ronaldhein Jul 07, 2010

    These are brand new. I can understand your comment for older units, but I've had struts that were 10 years old and didn't sound like this.

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Hi,

The units dry out. What you can do is have them spray the grommets with as silicone solution. This will cause the squeak to go away. You can even do this your self if you want.

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Posted on Jul 07, 2010

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    Gary Rice Jul 08, 2010

    Silicone isn't grease and yes - spraying these at each oil change is common and normal. Thing is most places don't bother to spray them.
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You will need to realign the suspension after changing the strut mounts.If its not realigned then the noise comes. Also lube your steering system assembly with oil. Worn Strut Mounts
If your strut mounts start to wear out, it may become harder to control your vehicle, your vehicle may drive rougher, and it can start causing rattling or squeaky noises while driving. Strut mounts wear out from extensive driving or driving your vehicle recklessly. Depending on what type of terrain you drive on, your strut mounts may wear out quickly. Any pot holes, sharp turns, or rough driving conditions can contribute to your strut mounts wearing out. If your strut mounts do wear out, they must be replaced.
Check the strut boots and strut shafts . Strut Boots
Strut boots share an equally important role with assisting the struts to work properly and stay in good shape. The strut boots are responsible for keeping dirt and debris from accessing the strut shafts. The strut boots are also designed to make it impossible for the struts to fall out of position. If you ever replace your struts, you should also replace your strut boots, as well as the strut mounts. This will keep your whole struts system new and prevent future replacements being needed.
The noise occurs if the holes are not lined up properly. Guide to Replace the Strut Mounts
It’s not hard to replace your strut mounts. Removing the worn struts will be an easy job and will only take a moment or two. Installation of the new strut mounts is something that takes quite a bit of focus. When installing new strut mounts to your vehicle, you will have to be precise with how much torque is used when handling the strut mount nut.
When you apply the new strut mounts, you will have to make sure the holes are lined with the nuts perfectly before you screw them in place. If the nuts aren’t screwed precisely in the hole, it could lead to immediate damage and the possibility of worse damage once the vehicle has been driven.
When you’re screwing the nut into the appropriate hole, hold the strut mount in place with a vice. By doing so, you can further prevent damage from occurring due to improper installation. Make sure to torque the upper strut nut according to your vehicle’s torque specs, which varies by vehicle. You can find out the torque specifications by speaking with a worker at an auto store.
Once you tighter the nut as specified, you can remove the vice. The strut mount will now be installed and if done properly there should be no damage or risk of future damage that could be caused by a loose installation or a misaligned installation. If you’re not completely sure about how to complete this guide or don’t feel confident in doing the work yourself, seek help from a professional mechanic.
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  • ronaldhein Jul 07, 2010

    All these installations were done by professional mechanics. I'm struggling to understand what to tell them or understand why this keeps on happening. This is not a small shop and they should have done hundreds of these.
    Frnakly, this is something that can be doen quite competently by a Midas or Merlin shop and this shop is supposed to be better than that.

    It's just frustrating.

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Hello,

Thanks for using FixYa.

Why not try installing a strut bar? This will improve handling and increase the rigidity of the vehicle which might take care of the creaking sound that you're having... You can also try to spray some lubricant on the strut itself, this should temporarily solve the problem until lubrication is gone...

I hope this helps. Thanks and good day.
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Have them inspect the lower ball joints. This seems most likely if it keeps returning. Is this only while turning? Please, let me know.

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

  • ronaldhein Jul 06, 2010

    Both lower control arms were replaced at the same time as the struts. This was done becuase of an issue with one ball joint. The car is a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 65,000 miles on it.

  • ronaldhein Jul 06, 2010

    The noise is only heard at low speed or when standing still and turning the wheel.

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Tell them to grease them thoroughly before assembly (bolts included) and to tighten a little more than the recommended torque.

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

  • Azrael SRL Jul 06, 2010

    No, grease is not part of the official assembly procedure , it's added by mechanics to make it easier. Rubber bushings are squeaking when they rub against their metal support - it started to squeak faster the second time because it was probably looser - the diameter was smaller by a whiff, the bolt wasn't tighten enouhg , even a lower quality (softer) rubber might have been involved.



    Yes, they can just take the bushing out , grease it and put it back together. In desperation they can even add copper shims between the bushing and the strut.

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