GQ Patrol Squeaks

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 05, 2002 at 00:00
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I have a few body squeaks in my 96 EFI Patrol. I'm aware that is a common trait of the GQ, but have one in particular that really annoys me. It's a rapid squeak coming from the bonnet area somewhere, which seems to transmit through the firewall. It's always present, at any speed, and I've tried all the obvious things, greasing bonnet hinges and catch, fitting new rubber stops where the bonnet closes etc, but have had no success getting rid of this. Any ideas ?
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Reply By: ralph - Thursday, Sep 05, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Sep 05, 2002 at 00:00
Try the chassis supports near or under front radiator these compress over time and need to be replaced.You can tell because the metal crush tube is sticking out past the rubber mount.
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Reply By: Stevo - Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00
Les, I agree, the particular squeak you describe used to drive me absolutely insane. I fixed it by selling the vehicle !!
It is emanating from the hinge guides within the firewall. A temporary fix is to use a can of CRC with the little directional hose attached and blindly squirt it into holes where the hinges enter the firewall. the bonnet must be as low as possible when doing this. Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Robert - Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00
Stevo,

Instead of using CRC, be best to use one of the aerosol spray on grease products. CRC is too thin, which is why it is only temp fix.
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Follow Up By: Les - Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00
Stevo,
Thanks for the reply. Your diagnosis sounds spot on, as this is exactly where the noise seems to originate. I'll give this a try. I'd hate to have to get rid of the GQ as it's a great vehicle otherwise. Thanks to everyone else who replied. The spray on grease sounds like a good idea. Can anyone reccomend a product ?
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Follow Up By: Shane - Saturday, Sep 14, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Sep 14, 2002 at 00:00
try lanotec, available at the same places that innox is stocked.
It is a lanolin based product that lasts a heap longer than the other stuff.
shane
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Reply By: Cobra - Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00
Les, try a can of Tri-Flow silicon. I use it on squeeks, roller doors, lock tongues etc and seems to work ok. You can get it at locksmiths, about $15
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Reply By: les - Monday, Sep 16, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 16, 2002 at 00:00
Problem Fixed !
After numerous efforts I finally managed to track down and fix this problem. It was coming from the unsupported areas in the centre of the bonnet. I bought a 4mm thick strip of hard rubber, and glued this along the inner lip of the scuttle panel, beneath the windscreen. (the lip where the inside edge of the bonnet rests when it's closed, the side nearest the windscreen) This is invisible when the bonnet is closed, and the result - Silence !
Just in case any other GQ owners have this problem......

Cheers, Les
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