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Old 01-13-2009, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fix for squeaky a-frame bushings, spray lubricant?

A have a lot of squeaking going on up front.
My buddy says it's a common problem with Ford a-frame bushings.
Any way to temporaraly quiet the squeak short of rebuilding the front end.
Will some type of spray lubricant penetrate enough to help this?

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Fix for squeaky a-frame bushings, spray lubricant?

No. You have either A) worn out upper arm bushings or B) worn out spring perches. The proper fix is to replace the worn parts. Most likely, it's the spring perches. The rubber insert deteriorates and eventually fails, allowing metal-to-metal contact in the pivot. Spray lube won't fix that. You can't get spray lube inside the upper arm bushings anyway - they have to be set up to use pressure grease fittings. A-arm bushing squeak is not a common problem, it's a sign of a real problem.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Fix for squeaky a-frame bushings, spray lubricant?

You didn't say what year Falcon your working on. 60-63 have a greaseable spring perch. 64 and up the bushing went from brass to rubber.

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Old 01-17-2009, 04:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Fix for squeaky a-frame bushings, spray lubricant?

Brake fluid sprayed on the bushings of the lower control arms will quiet the squeak. You will have to really soak the bushings. Brake fluid will not damage the rubber bushings like oil would.
Caution, this can be a messy procedure and you DO NOT want to get brake fluid on painted surfaces.
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