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Squeak on lt side wheel

Thanks for the help>>>Am I looking at alot of money. I haven't even had this car a week.
thanks again
Julia

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    Thank you for all your help.

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Hey Julia - regardless of which idea I suggested is the problem (provided one of them IS the issue) you shouldn't be looking at a lot. If it's the swaybar end link, I'm betting the part is less than $25 to buy at a parts store, and anyone with a jack and a couple of properly-sized wrenches and/or sockets could change it. I'd think an hour's labor at a shop, tops.

If it's a control arm bushing, you're looking at a little longer time, since it's usually a more labor-intensive job to remove the arms, then remove and replace the bushings, and reinstall the arms. Depending on which arms are affected, you may need an alignment when the job is done, but the mechanic doing the work should tell you this (I'd ask up front anyhow, so you're not unfairly surprised).

One thing you could do would be to put a little engine oil onto the bushings in the wheel well, one set at a time, and go for a drive after you do each one. If you oil a bushing, drive 10 miles or so and still hear the noise, that probably wasn't the one. If you oil one and go for a drive, and the noise is gone under conditions that used to produce the noise, you may well have found which bushing caused the noise in the first place.

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