MY CAR STARTED OFF MAKING A SQUEAKING NOISE AND ...
2000 Dodge Stratus
November, 1, 2012 AT 6:09 PM
My car started off making a squeaking noise and I thought it was the struts, so I got a friend to tighten them for me, then it disappeared. Shortly after I noticed a faint clunking metal to metal sound, then it gradually got louder, so I messed with the struts again, but now my tire won't even rotate unless I slam on the gas. 'Could my axle/cv joints be causing the tire restriction?
How do you 'tighten" a strut? I guess I could see how a worn lower bushing for the mounting bolt could squeak, but tightening that bolt won't solve anything.
Do you hear any other noises now, like grinding or clunking? Were you hearing any noise before this started? I saw one years ago where the fellow ignored a worn wheel bearing for over three years until it was so bad the wheel was tipped and rubbing on the brake caliper, ... And he still refused to believe anything was wrong!
If you don't see anything obvious, it's time for an inspection at a tire and alignment shop. In particular, they will look at the lower ball joints, control arm bushings, and tie rod ends. Squeaks are always a sign something needs attention. Usually it means the affected part is worn, not just loose.