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#1 BamaMan44

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 08:06 PM

Hello, I have had my truck for five years now, During that time I have had the ball joints replaced three times, the altenator, power steering pump, belt tensioner, camshaft position sensor. All of this has been under warranty. Lately while driving down the road, when I turn the steering wheel slightly right, I get a high pitched noise. After I go so far it goes away. I also have noises coming from the suspension/tie rod area. I lubed those points and the noises went away until the next rainfall. What I would like to know is if anyone else has these problems and if so what did you do to fix them. Are there any options out there to replace these lube points with something that will last longer or endure driving through water puddles. I just feel that these things shouldn't be happening this often. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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#2 takethebounce

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 09:21 PM

I believe there are 11 greese fittings on the front of the truck, atleast there are 11 I have found that I lube on a regular basis. (every 3 months) the cost of a tube of good synthetic doesn't deter me from keeping fresh lube in those critical points.

If you are getting a high pitched noise at speed you may want to check the wheel bearing/hub assembly for wear, I just had one placed about a month ago under warranty (bought the truck used, got a 1 year warr). I had the same problem on my other truck not long ago as well.

The tie rod's on these trucks seem very under rated for a HD truck. I haven't heard many problems about them but I plan on replacing mine as soon as I can with a heavier replacement part as I would imagine they are just about worn out.

Everything is subject to wear under the conditions you present to your truck, if it sees lots of mud and puddles items will wear out faster. I change my powersteering fluid once a year, brake fluid every 3 years, lube everything I can and hope for the best!

#3 BamaMan44

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 10:08 PM

Thanks for the info. I was reading somewhere else that it could be a wheel hub, but I wasn't sure. I will have to look into that. Thanks again.
2001 Silverado 2500 HD LS 8.1L Allison 4x4 EC LB
15.97 sec 1/4 mile in 2002 Stock condition except for MagnaFlow Muffler and K&N FIPK
265/75R16 BFG AT KO, 2003 Taillights, Lund Moonvisor, Extang CargoMax, Hypertec Power Programmer III

#4 Plumbob

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:46 AM

Easy way to check if it's your hub is to jack the front end up and try to push in on your tire at the top. If you have play than your bearing is going out...can't just get the bearing either, you have to get the whole hub assy.
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