Starting it all over again. Ugh!
I took the Elco to work today. Thats about a 112 miles round trip. No squeak sounds at all. If this keeps up I may just leave it be and squirt silicon grease spray if the annoyance returns.
I’ve went in circles trying to find this high pitched squeak with no luck. I had used silicon grease on every bushing under the UMI Suspension System. There are a lot of zerk fittings using this type of tubular suspension and some of them are fairly well hidden from casual view. One good note all fittings were accessible with my particular grease gun that does not have a 90 degree angle.
With the expertise of my mechanic friend Dave he found the source of the squeak in less than 5 minutes. I guess I have a lot to learn still.
The culprit was the top washer end cap for the driver side Viking shock system. You can see in the photo where it makes contact with the frame.
Tonight I pulled the driver side rear tire off and redid the brake calipers with brake quiet adhesive and lubricated the friction point with grease. As soon as I got off the driveway I knew the squeak was not fixed. Grrrrrrr!
I pulled off the wheel again and applied silicon grease to the sway bar, lower A arm bolt and drove it around. I still have this freakin' squeak. The source doesn't seem to be coming from the front left as much. It's more so everywhere!
Hard to tell unlike before when it was very pronounced. This happens only when the car is moving. I can jump up and down inside the bed and this will not produce a squeak. I can push down on the driver front side and no squeak either (It used to using this method).
Damn squeak is back. I drove the El Camino in for a test run on the squeaking issue. Failed!!
I took apart the front brake calipers and removed the pads. Added CRC Brake quieter and greased all the caliper friction points.
Took the ElCo out for a spin and the squeaking seems to have diminished by 90%. I consider that a success.
One note, I used my impact wrench and it seems to do more damage then it is worth. I'll be using my cheater bar and torque wrench in the future.
I actually broke a deep socket trying to get a lug nut off and I also lost a 13/16 lug chrome cap cover somewhere.
I picked up my El Camino this afternoon.
We went and checked out the local car meetup at Trinity Parkway parking lot. This is a cruiser based show with a few hot rods and other cars that didn't quite fit the general genre. We drove Josie in and left before it started raining. Unfortunately we still caught rain while getting a couple of subway sandwiches. It really did not matter since we just wiped her down when we got home.