Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 18:02:47 GMT
From: Dexter J <>
Subject: Re: '99 9-3: Creaking noise from front suspension at low temperatures

Salutations: On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 16:12:16 +0100, The Spanish Inquisition <> wrote: > Retro Bob wrote: >> On Wed, 24 Nov 2004 14:51:34 GMT, Dexter J >> <> wrote: >> >> >>> Actually - you should probably have a look at your strut bearing >>> mounts and how your springs are sitting in your strut receivers. >>> Although I expect the noise could be chronic, if you have lubed the >>> rubber and there is no change - you should start looking around the >>> front end a bit further a field. While a real long shot - could also >>> be an upper engine mount getting sticky too. >> >> >> ... but the garage is right. It's been a "typical" problem since >> the NG900 came out in '94. I believe the favorite technique is to >> "lube everything" but my personal suspicion has always been the >> springs on the struts or perhaps the sway bar attachments. I'm always >> on my way somewhere when it occurs and by that season >> (< 15F) it's always way too cold to do "optional" work so I usually >> just tolerate the first scrunch when I hit the local railroad tracks at >> .5 miles then it's gone in another mile. > > OK, thanks. I guess I'll probably just have to learn to live with my > neighbors looking at me like I'm driving an 1899 model instead... :-( > > Regards, > Ximinez Very interesting - I did not know this was a known issue back to NG900. Thx for the info. We had our NG900 (in fact all our cars over time) annually rust treated with a local outfit called Krown here in Halifax Canada - it's a creeping oil treatment that is sprayed throughout the panels and wells. I expect it is a regular product under several brand names around the world. There is supposed to be a less expensive Walmart generic, but word is it eats good plastics off some harnesses over time - one local wag figures Walmart is using some sort of surplus Naval Jelly re-mix because it does appearently seal up open rust spots and turns them black as coal - which I guess is an upside trade to potential harness trouble. Personally, I have always found that the local Krown shop is more than generous with application and the trade off for the annual weird haze it puts on most of the glass and instrument surfaces is the sudden lack of squeaks, loose grounds and pretty good panel perforation protection it has provided if applied regularly. This Krown material (which seems like some sort of really light liquid wax/oil product) doesn't seem to eat the wiring harness, but does sometimes make a loose vacuum hose come away if they are running in parallel with the harness (which is correctly treated as part of the process). Great care must be taken to check house clamps and joints over the first 60 days after application - it will make a desiccated hose or rough rubber anything unreliable. They usually toss in an extra spray can of the stuff when you get it applied and I shoot it into the wells, along the lower rockers and inner door lowers during the winter between applications here in Nova Scotia (the highest per-capita road salt user in the known universe as near as I can figure). Anyway - as I *haven't* been getting this cold weather creaking noise since we bought it on our NG900. I wonder if the stuff is lubbing everything as it goes? -- Dexter J's fab NG900 is for sale: Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Black Eyed Peas - Where is the Love all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time

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