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Answered 2009-07-27 17:19:18

Your ball joints are dry and haven't or couldn't be greased in the past. I recommend replacement of both sides at once. Worked as a mechanic for 20 years, if this helps. Shop around before you decide which garage to repair this problem. I have a 1995 Explorer. The original ball joints had no grease fittings. If your joints are badly worn and show motion, they need replaced. In my case, I drilled a 7/32 hole in the top of the joint socket. Used a 1/4" 28 thread NF tap ($3.50), and installed a grease fitting available at a part store for 50 cents. I didn't even have to remove the wheel to do this. Greased the joint; solved the squeak and it took less than one hour. PS this car has 237,000 miles and still doesn't use oil . . . best car I ever owned. Though the above answer is a known issue on many explorers, mine had the exact same issues as yours and just needed a set of cheep shocks. They were $20 each and relatively easy to install. They really made a world of difference, but do grease all of the fittings under the car. We had squeaks in our 2000 Explorer and I solved it easily and was surprised to find the culprit. It may not be causing yours, but check it out. On the rear bumper there is a molded Step, or grip pad on top of the bumper, it tucks under the quarter panels. Our squeaking was coming from the rubbing of this piece in a few areas. It's easy to check out, just with slight hand pressure, push a little on the bumper and the squeak will sound really localized if that is the problem. I sprayed WD-40 on the contact areas and our squeak is gone....Thank Goodness....it was driving me crazy!!

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