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Old 03-03-2008, 09:54   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 2004 freestar that i just bought a few months ago. in the last couple of weeks, a loud squealing noise stared coming from i think the front end. it doesn't happen all the time-it happens driving under/speed limit/over....so far i can't figure out. sound familiar to anyone?????
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Re: front end(?) squealing

It could be one of the drive belts slipping such as the alternator or fan belt. These quite commonly make more of a squeal when you first start the engine too.
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i have a 2004 freestar that i just bought a few months ago. in the last couple of weeks, a loud squealing noise stared coming from i think the front end. it doesn't happen all the time-it happens driving under/speed limit/over....so far i can't figure out. sound familiar to anyone?????
I also have a 2004 Freestar and I'm having the same issue… loud high-pitched squeal coming from the front end. Not brakes as they've been taken apart 2-3 times in an attempt to fix it. Appears at speeds over 15-20 km/hr and usually takes awhile to appear, 25-30 km to 'warm up' but after that it is constant and loud. Seems to disappear on either a hill or a curve, when there is some load on it.
IS this a steering unit issue, a drive train problem or what?
My mechanic is buffaloed and can't seem to find anything that causes it.
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Re: front end(?) squealing

I would suspect a bad wheel bearing.
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Re: front end(?) squealing

I was talking to the owner of a similar 2004 Freestar today and and his does the same thing… squeals for hours at a time
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I would suspect a bad wheel bearing.
Wouldn't a bad bearing squeal all the time, at speed or at low speed, in corners corners and on hills too?
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