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I have been hearing squeeking when going over speed bumps going sloooooow. I braught it into a ford dealership in my area. they reccomended a front control arm replacement. They said thay are aware of the issue but its not a recal. The car is a 2013 v6 mustang and a year old since purchase. does this sound indicate that shocks also need replacement? Its weired to me that only after a year and this part is bad? anyone else have this issue? and should I insist a replacement of the shocks and struts as well? Thanks


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Spray some compatible lube on the bushings (there are two on each side of the car). That will make the squeak go away for a while.

Replacing front control arms isn't hard - I did it by myself in my garage - but you need big wrenches (to be safe, get every size from 18 to 22mm). I went with the Steeda control arms because they have ball joints that can be lubed (as well as better bushings). You can also go with FRPP arms.

As I recall, you don't have to disconnect the front shocks to replace the control arms and the squeaks probably aren't caused by the shocks. However, if you have the cash, it might be a good idea to replace the shocks and springs at both ends of the car with "something better" if you just want to mod your car.


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Spray some compatible lube on the bushings (there are two on each side of the car). That will make the squeak go away for a while.

Replacing front control arms isn't hard - I did it by myself in my garage - but you need big wrenches (to be safe, get every size from 18 to 22mm). I went with the Steeda control arms.
What is the weight of the Steeda arms compared to factory? Any reduction?
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What is the weight of the Steeda arms compared to factory? Any reduction?
No weight savings at all. In fact, they're OEM arms with better bushings/ball joints.

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I have been hearing squeeking when going over speed bumps going sloooooow. I braught it into a ford dealership in my area. they reccomended a front control arm replacement. They said thay are aware of the issue but its not a recal. The car is a 2013 v6 mustang and a year old since purchase. does this sound indicate that shocks also need replacement? Its weired to me that only after a year and this part is bad? anyone else have this issue? and should I insist a replacement of the shocks and struts as well? Thanks
Just curious, as I also have a '13 V6 I bought in April, but shouldn't the dealer replace these under warranty?

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Yes, they should, especially since they recommended the replacement.
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Just curious, as I also have a '13 V6 I bought in April, but shouldn't the dealer replace these under warranty?
yes they are replacing these free of charge to me... I guess the point of the thread was to find out #1 if the control arms is the only thinking I need replaced or shocks/struts also? #2 why these are squeeking only one year after purchase??? but yeah fords replacing these. The guy at the service department said that's its a known issue to ford but they haven't issued a recall on them as of yet. he went ahead and ordered the control arms and I need to get them replaced in a few days.

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I have been hearing squeeking when going over speed bumps going sloooooow. I braught it into a ford dealership in my area. they reccomended a front control arm replacement. They said thay are aware of the issue but its not a recal. The car is a 2013 v6 mustang and a year old since purchase. does this sound indicate that shocks also need replacement? Its weired to me that only after a year and this part is bad? anyone else have this issue? and should I insist a replacement of the shocks and struts as well? Thanks
Hello cimeron2013,

Glad to learn your dealer is taking care of this for you. This is a known concern and your dealer has the most up to date information for the repairs needed. If you need further assistance, donít hesitate to PM me.

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I've had my Front LCAs replaced under warranty a couple of months ago. They'll replace both. Mine hasn't squeaked since. I had to wait a week for the parts to come in also.
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this sounds to me like TSB 13-9-3. I guess is that the noise is because of lack of lubrication of LCA. Lubricating the LCA bushing helps indeed. Most of forum members indicate that the sound comes when the weather is warm. The latest TSB adds heat shield to protect LCA bushing. All of these info lead me to believe that the bushing dries out due to warm weather and heat rejected from engine.

My conculsion is if the vehicle is in warranty, the latest TSB will help. If the vehicle is out of warranty, just lubricate the bushing frequently will get the noise out.

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Hello cimeron2013,

Glad to learn your dealer is taking care of this for you. This is a known concern and your dealer has the most up to date information for the repairs needed. If you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to PM me.

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yes they are replacing these free of charge to me... I guess the point of the thread was to find out #1 if the control arms is the only thinking I need replaced or shocks/struts also? #2 why these are squeeking only one year after purchase??? but yeah fords replacing these. The guy at the service department said that's its a known issue to ford but they haven't issued a recall on them as of yet. he went ahead and ordered the control arms and I need to get them replaced in a few days.
Good to know, and no, I wouldn't replace the shocks and struts so soon. Usually don't have to replace them till aroung 40K to 50K miles.

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I just called ford motor company who told me they don't know the diameter of the piping used on the v6 exhaust... agrrr. dealer actually said to disconnect the pipe and measure it. lol. anyone on this board know what diameter of the v6 exhaust piping is... Much appreciated. man what would I do without this board. just a wealth of helpful information. Truly appreciate it guys/gals. Thanks in advance.


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