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Old 05-21-2009, 07:48 AM   #1
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my rear end is sqeaky-any ideas?

so i have been driving my "new" old 2005 zxw (aka "el blanco") for less than 24 hours.

all seems fine but there is a pronounced squeak from the rear of the wagon. i believe it is from both sides. i can grab the roof rails and give a push and a tug and get the rear to squeak.

this car was purchased from a volvo dealer. it was a trade in that sat on their lot for the past 6 months. according to carfax, this car was driven less than 12 miles during that time. i am in the northeast where winter snow and rain is real. when i first attempted to go for a test drive, the passenger side rear wheel was "frozen" and would not spin. i imagined the brake was rusted.

what can i get done to lube the rear? can u please be specific.

what should i get the dealer to look at?

they, have already inspected the car and it passed but that is not the same thing as getting them to get rid of the squeak.

by the way, the brakes are fine. and there is no squeak from the brakes.

so, my rear end is sqeaky-any ideas?

thanks in advance to those who care to share their thoughts.

be well

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Old 05-22-2009, 07:32 AM   #2
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more than likely it is the swing arm bushings......as you said it has been sitting a while

you could try to spray some penetrating lube....like WD-40 but make sure not to get it onto the rear brakes

hope this helps

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I think railman is tracking. I would have the dealer look at all of the bushings in the rear end. Sitting, especially in an area with strong winter weather is a death sentance for rubber of anykind. If you have a rear sway bar you might want to check the bushings there as well. A four year old car in an area like you discribed is more than likely going to need some TLC on all of the bushings. If you can put it on a lift and check the condition of all the bushings and just have the dealer replace the ones that are bad. Hope this helps and good luck!
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It's a bushing in the suspension. However, remember there are 12-14 bushings in the Focus rear end. What I suggest is park with one side of your car on a curb. Lay under the rear end while someone rocks the car. You can normally track down which bushing it is that way. The dealer won't often bother checking this thoroughly.

Once you know where it is, you can try shooting some WD40 or grease onto it. You can also put some thicker grease on it to reduce the water infiltration on the bushing. However, it will probably still make noise. Depending on the bushing, they can be $100-300 to replace the part at a good garage.

Having said that, it's not dangerous until the bushings are very very worn, so I'd just turn the radio up. It's what I do. hehe
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