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I have a squeaking noise in my front suspension and after taking the tire off to inspect noticed a plastic stabilizer arm. I suspect this mightbe the source of the problem but how would I know for sure?

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You wouldn't. You would have to check manufacture TSB's (Service Bulletins) and spend the time and money to change them. Maybe it will be your squeak and maybe not. At least you eliminated one possible cause.
I would go for Stabilizer bushings first.
If the squeak is during a turn,then Strut Bearings at top of struts,above the springs

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There is a squeek in the front end, Just put new brakes in but it still squeeks. Could this be a CV joint or a Bearing? The noise is present with or without the brake s applied. There is no vibration and...


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worn bearings "grind," with a faint metal-on-metal sound.
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1-----Inspect----- Coil Spring----- Broken or Weak Coil Springs.
2-----Inspect----- Sway Bar Bushing----- Worn, Damaged, or Faulty Stabilizer Bar Bushings.
3-----Inspect----- Steering Stabilizer Bracket----- Loose or Broken Steering Stabilizer Bracket.
4-----Inspect-----lower ball joints-----Loose bolt/rubber bushing to lower control arm.
5-----Inspect-----Upper Ball Joints-----Loose bolt/missing rubber bushing.
6-----Inspect-----Connecting Rods-----(these are the rods that connect the lower control arm to the
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