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Old 06-01-2004, 22:29   #1 (permalink)
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I'm very new here, and don't know much about EA Falcons. I know some things, but there's two things that are annoying me with my EA Falcon.

Number one - There's this squeaking that's pissing me off in my front end of the car. It happens when I go over small bumps and even on flat road. :hrm: Don't know what it is. I've kinda narrowed it down to suspension. But there's also a wingnut missing off my air filter cover, so I'm wondering if it's that.

Number two - Sometimes when I start the thing, the fan belt squeals for like a second then stops. It's like the pulleys the belt sits on isn't kicking in right away.

It's a 1988 model (June) and only got 153000 klms on it. Some help would be great.
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Old 06-01-2004, 23:17   #2 (permalink)
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I can almost guarantee that the squeaking's from the rubber at the top of the shock absorbers. Spray WD-40 or similar on the rubber and it'll go away.

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Check the belt needs replacing. Otherwise it just might need to be tightened... If that's not it, it could be related to the pulleys (not being aligned or starting properly).
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Re: Help us out here please....

95% of the time screeching is simply a worn fan belt. As for the squeeking over bumps, as sunny said, it'll be the rubber bush at the top of the shock absorber tower. Is wd40 good for rubber though sunny??? I'd be more inclined to remove the metal retainer and grease up the bush...
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1. I had the squeak problem I found id put wd40 in there and it woul be back like 50km later. Try putting some grease on what ever is squeaking thats what I did and it never came back.

2. I had the same power steering problem and could not get rid of it I tried everything. The power steering pump was near dead so i replaced it the noise never came back.
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Re: Help us out here please....

if its the fan belt you can get a candle and while the engine is running run the candle on the inside of the belt (the side touching the pulley) this gives it more grip so it doesnt slip and squeal.
watch your fingers too!!
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Or just grab a can of BeltGrip, with the leftover stubs you once called fingers
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Old 06-02-2004, 01:48   #8 (permalink)
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Check if it is your front bumper. Mine had a few screws loose and it made it squeak. Smack it with your hand at the front to see if it makes the squeaking noise and then you just should be able to stop the squeak by tightening the bumper bar bolts/screws.
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Re: Help us out here please....

just on the squeeling noise, its probably the belts. if its not, look to the starter motor. my mates VL made a squeeling noise every time he started it, everyone swore it was the fanbelt. we actually found it was the starter motor disengaging, after repacking it with grease it was fine.
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Re: Help us out here please....

In regards to the belt, make sure there isn't a faint grinding sorta noise as well. This could mean that the bearings are worn on one or more of the pulleys....


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BTW I've been told that WD40 isn't good for rubber bushes. Not sure on this though.
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