View original topic: Squeaky front end
blue65 Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:20 am

My 1965 VW Beetle squeaked a fair bit.

The front has been lowered by about an inch. Has KYB shocks and an anti-sway bar. This was installed 10 years ago.

When I brake (moderately) the front of my beetle squeaks a fair bit, or when I go around corners.

My mechanic did a lube job and it helped.

But when I am going straight and I apply my brakes the suspension seems to be squeaking or straining.

Is it a serious problem?

anthracitedub Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:28 am

I wonder if your beam has the after market bushings or OE bearings?
The bushings have been known to squeak. Also, I have seen the sway bar bushing squeak too.

Stuart Maingot Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:25 am

yes, could be those aftermarket bushings or not enough grease in the oe needle bearings. When properly greased the grease should squeeze out of the dust covers on the end of the beam right where the trailing arms bolt to the torsion leaves.
Incidentally I had a persistent squeak some years ago that turned out to be a cracked frame head, just where the metal fuel line enters the tunnel.
Check that area out as well.

modok Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:45 pm

The link pins and kingpins really need to be greased often, perhaps 4 times a year or more. They don't HOLD very much grease. If the grease has dried out and rust has set in it is near impossible to push in fresh grease. Just have to take it apart and clean it up and polish the pins and re-assemble to get it working again.
The beam does not have as much of a problem. Very rare for the arms to be rusty or needle bearings to go bad, but it CAN happen.
And the urethane replacement ones.......yeah, they are stiff and squeaky.
I say junk, but I guess they are ok for some, I suppose it isn't dangerous and that's a step above a lot of aftermarket pieces.

tasb Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:14 pm

... or just might need more grease.

blue65 Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:09 am

My mechanic greased it up. It went okay for a week or so. But the squeaking came back again.

Thank you for your suggestions. I'll take it up with my mechanic when he returns back from the holidays.

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