Sorry to say tie rod ends will never cause a squeak. Something could have happened to change the position of the brake pad with the squeaker but that will come back again.
Lower control arm bushings can make squeaking noises too. If the car was raised on a hoist to do an inspection, that would let the suspension drop and put those bushings into a twist. That too could make the noise go away for a little while.
Lower ball joints can squeak but that isn't too common except on Fords. When you hear that on Fords, they're about to break and cause a crash. The clue is a ball joint will squeak because it is tight so it will check good during an inspection, but they cause a rather low-pitched raspy groaning sound while a brake wear indicator causes a real high-pitched screech that isn't very loud.
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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 AT 11:46 PM