That makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Head straight to a tire and alignment shop tomorrow to have the steering and suspension systems inspected. I can not emphasize enough that by the time you hear the squeaking noise, you are past due to have a part break and send you into the ditch or into oncoming traffic.
Ford has a very bad history of steering parts breaking leading to loss of control and crashes. We replace more parts on Fords than on all other brands combined. Back in the '80s, I worked for a mass merchandiser's auto shop as a suspension and alignment specialist. Every Wednesday we got 40 outer tie rod ends shipped in for Fords. We also received about a dozen for GM products, and perhaps another dozen for all other car brands combined. By Saturday we were sold out of the Ford parts and had to order more from the local auto parts stores.
We also were involved with an inspection that showed no defective parts, then one of them broke 700 miles into the customer's cross-country trip. He admitted to hearing the squeak show up about 100 miles before the broken part almost sent him over an embankment. I think about that potential disaster every time I see a car coming toward me on the road. Please do not wait to have the vehicle inspected. If the mechanic finds a worn rubber bushing, he will explain that is not an immediate safety concern, but you want to know fr sure. Post a reply stating what they found and I'll try to describe what the part does and what to expect for the repair.
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 AT 6:40 PM