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I've begun to notice a creaking noise coming from the front end of my FJ when the road bends, but not so much when I make turns at intersections or maneuver in the parking lot. It's only audible with the windows rolled down and sounds like a slowly shutting creaky door. It's not as noticeable while driving straight. At first I thought it was my aftermarket front bumper or the suspension, but it doesn't accentuate when rolling over bumps in the road.

It's a 2008 with 70,000 miles and an OME Heavy lift with 285s on stock 17s. I hope it's something as simple as getting a lube job and not something more serious like needing new control arms.

Has anyone else had a similar issue?

Thank you in advance!
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I had a similar creak or groan and it was my UCA bushing groaning because it was embedded with dirt. I doused the top of the uniball with Tri Flow and it solved it...for now anyway




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I had a similar creak or groan and it was my UCA bushing groaning because it was embedded with dirt. I doused the top of the uniball with Tri Flow and it solved it...for now anyway




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Thanks! There are no adverse effects of Tri Flow on the rubber bushing?
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Thanks! There are no adverse effects of Tri Flow on the rubber bushing?
Good question. I don't know. I have read that the UCA uniballs shouldn't be lubed at all for that reason, but it seemed I had no choice other than to press a new bushing in there to stop the groan.

It was worth the risk for me because the triflow immediately silenced the groan. I'm just biding time to press new bushings anyway but if the triflow keeps doing the job, I might be good for a long time


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Good question. I don't know. I have read that the UCA uniballs shouldn't be lubed at all for that reason, but it seemed I had no choice other than to press a new bushing in there to stop the groan.

It was worth the risk for me because the triflow immediately silenced the groan. I'm just biding time to press new bushings anyway but if the triflow keeps doing the job, I might be good for a long time


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I've begun to notice a creaking noise coming from the front end of my FJ when the road bends, but not so much when I make turns at intersections or maneuver in the parking lot. It's only audible with the windows rolled down and sounds like a slowly shutting creaky door. It's not as noticeable while driving straight. At first I thought it was my aftermarket front bumper or the suspension, but it doesn't accentuate when rolling over bumps in the road.

It's a 2008 with 70,000 miles and an OME Heavy lift with 285s on stock 17s. I hope it's something as simple as getting a lube job and not something more serious like needing new control arms.

Has anyone else had a similar issue?

Thank you in advance!
Stock control arms or aftermarket??? If stock this sounds like very dry seized control arm bushings you should be able to replicate by pushing down on the bumper. Triflow is ok on the rubber but the arms should be taken apart cleaned and lubed.
After market arms if they are hiem joint style any thing like Triflow will attract more dirt . I would clean the joint and use silicone or dry grafite lube.
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Re: Front end creaking noise

Two squeaks that sound similar other than UCA:
1) the plastic front bezel took a hit on one of my FJs and squeaked thereafter (reproducible by pushing on a corner of it)
2) aftermarket bumper? Some make contact with the bolt that sticks off the AC radiator pipe (not sure if that is actual name but one skinny pipe in front of your radiator has a bolt near bottom sticking out toward front). A piece of rubber in between will keep the metal contact from squeaking.


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