noise in suspension

Submitted: Friday, May 02, 2008 at 11:00
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Hi all.I have an annoying creak in the suspension/steering of my FJ60 Cruiser.It is most noticeable on or near full lock,crawling and more frequent on uneven ground,such as entering/exiting my drop away into my shed.Heres what i've tried so far...removed and greased the eye bushes(nolathane),disconnected steering dampener,shock absorbers,soaked between the leaves,body mounting rubbers & anywhere else I could think of with WD40.It does not make a difference in 2 or 4WD.It is quite a harsh,almost cracking noise.Any ideas?Cheers,Wazza.
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Reply By: Dave B (NSW) - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 12:47

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 12:47
Have you tried moving the vehicle with someone near it to try and isolate what area it is coming from.
Process of elimination if you can get some idea of the area the noise is coming from.
Maybe it's the Birfield joint.
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Reply By: wazza71 - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 12:53

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 12:53
Dave,
yeh,cheers thats my next move really.been flying solo up till now!frustrating from in the car trying to pinpoint it as you'd imagine!What the hells a birfield joint?never heard of one!
Wazza
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Reply By: wazza71 - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 14:12

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 14:12
Dave,
Is it the arms that connect to the hub,off the tie rods?
cheers,
Wazza
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 14:29

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 14:29
Wazza
Dunno how similar your setup is to the Troopy?? But I get a bit of a 'graunch' (or creak or whatever) now and again..
Narrowed it down to.. (not in techo terms)..
There's a rod from the steering box across to the left wheel- and another rod from the left wheel back across to the right wheel..
Anyhow, where these two rods are close on the left side, they are very close together. Under some conditions, one of them rotates a degree or two and rubs against the other one or the tie rod end- at the left side.
Just my threepence worth !!

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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 16:40

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 16:40
Put some grease on the steering limit stops ..... simple!
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Follow Up By: porker - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 17:52

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 17:52
Spot on!
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Reply By: DesF - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 18:05

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 18:05
Hi, most noises when on full lock and going over bumps etc is the steering stops , on the Paj they are like a bowl and the stop is a rounded peg and as the suspension goes up and down they grunch? in each other , I keep the bowl well greased and dont get any noise,
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: wazza71 - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 18:08

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 18:08
Sorry,not that simple i'm afraid!It does it away from full lock too!thanks though!
I will have a gander at the two steering arms thanks mate.
Wazza
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Reply By: MintabiePete (NSW) - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 20:11

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 20:11
Most likely it is your front springs , with th leaves moving within themselves . Try resting your hand on them with someone turning lock to lock , you should be able to feel it :)
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Follow Up By: mowing - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 20:44

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 20:44
Wazza, I had a similar problem with my HJ61. It turned out to be as Mintabiepete said, the spring leaves move within the pack. Lubricating them just makes it worse( they are more slippery) As mine only did it on occasions I just lived with it.

Regards

Mark
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Reply By: Shane (QLD) - Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 08:30

Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 08:30
Wazza,

I have a 60 series & when it rains & the springs get wet I get the same thing. Mine goes away when the springs dry out. Has it been raining down your way ? From what Iv'e been told the rubber bushes are better than nolathane.
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Reply By: wazza71 - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:31

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:31
Thanks all for your replies.
Seems it is the springs moving around.Even tried bashing the retainer clip things around the springs with a gympie in the hope it may restrict their movement,to no avail.
Oh well,such is life.May have to get some new ones if it bleep s me anymore.
Thanks again,
Wazza.
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