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  • Jamie
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    My MK7 Fiesta has started squeaking, front driver side, when going over speed bumps slowly. As it’s a Ford I assume ball joint. They are pressed in on the MK 7 so believe the whole lower arm(s) will be replaced. Anyone got an idea what this will cost roughly? MOT is due in a month, so would there be any consequences of leaving it till then. Only do about 500miles a month.

    I would fix it myself, but I am a Beta male who cannot fix cars, and only drive my current one as I liked the colour.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    <span style=”color: #444444; font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #eeeeee;”>MOT is due in a month, so would there be any consequences of leaving it till then.</span>

    the  squeak itself probably wouldn’t be an issue for an MOT – the test is done with the car stationary. Whatever the issue is it would need to be visible or apparent when you grab a part of the vehicle and wiggle it for it to influence the outcome of the test.

    The tester would probably notice the squeak as they drive the car onto the ramp – but thats not part of the test.

    DickBarton
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    I had a 2014 Fiesta and that did it…a few mates have same age of Fiesta all in different guises – petrol/diesel, fancy model through to basic – they all do this. Unsure what it was but mine was a lease and the lease company put it in to Ford and they replaced something…suspension strut and some other gubbins…didn’t stop it from happening as soon as I left the garage and continuing. I didn’t bother going back as figured if they’d replaced all that and it was still doing it then it was something rubbing when going over bumps.

    Disappointed that this thread isn’t about 1980’s mouse porn.

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    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Mostly I reckon these noises are suspension bushings.  Unlike on a bike, the suspension arm is fixed into the bushing which is fixed to the car, and the rubber is designed to twist when the suspension moves.  As these get old they stiffen up, or water etc gets into where the arm is clamped, and it starts to twist in the bushing instead of forcing the rubber to flex.  So you hear the squeak.

    Not really a problem as long as the bushing hasn’t actually broken.  If you squirt silicone lube on it it’ll go away for a few months.  Don’t use WD40 though cos oil and rubber don’t go well together.

    bikebouy
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    Is it a manual ?

    And only happens when going over speed bumps or undulations ?

    its your left knee when you change gear..

    Jamie
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    Weirdly, I have got a bad left knee at the mo. Will lube and report back.

    As an aside it has been suggested to me that it might just be doing it when it’s cold. So I guess I should see if that’s the case as well. Thanks for the replies.

    timba
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    Fiestas seem to be prone to breaking a suspension spring. The break can be concealed at the top, and if lower down can damage the tyre too

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    As an aside it has been suggested to me that it might just be doing it when it’s cold.

    Yeah that makes me think it’s the bushings as I said – the rubber gets stiffer when cold and the force required to twist the bushings is too great so the arm slips.  Lubing isn’t really a solution cos it’s not meant to move; however it’s not that big of a deal and it should make the noise go away.

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    I bet it not the suspension. Fiesta’s do sqeak over speed bumps.

    Ive had 5 Mk 7 fiestas and they have all done it. One of them was worse afer changing a headlight bulb so I guessing it’s something moving about under the bonnet.

    The entire wishbone will need replacing if it is a bush or balljoint. Mine was clunking over rough surfaces and it cost about £130 fitted,

    they are pretty bulletproof. Mines got 130,000 miles on it now and on the suspension, I’ve had that one wishbone and a drop link.

    Dont ask about starter motors or clutches though due to the learners…….

    Premier Icon martymac
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    I have a renault scenic that squeaks when its cold, its the door seals on mine.

    counting down the weeks until its paid off and i can get rid.

    dmck16
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    I’ve just had my mk7 looked at due to front passenger suspension noise – initially thought it was a drop link or anti roll bar bushing, but once checked it turned out to be a knackered shock absorber.

    2.5 years old and 45k miles and it’s being replaced under warranty this week.

    EDIT: Although to be honest – it sounded more of a sudden loose rattle, rather than a squeak.

    poolman
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    I have squeaky bushings, just rock the car when stationary side to side you can replicate the squeak.  Mechanic said just ignore it or lube it up.  Doesnt do it in wet for obvious reasons.

    Inbred456
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    I would think it’s probably the top strut mount. They can seize up and squeak after a time. It may just need releasing.

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