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    Can ball joints squeak when they go bad?

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    Yes. When a ball joint is going bad typical signs include a clicking or snapping sound later followed by squeaking at the following times: the end of a stop, when your ride first lurches forward as you mash the gas, and when hitting bumps (basically any up/down motion that causes the ball joint to move substantially from its current position).

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    Certainly, they can also clunk, click, or snap whenever you have movement in the front suspension.

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    So I guess its time to replace them

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    How about some grease.

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    Grease nipple is stuck shut and the boot is torn not allowing grease to stay in. Might change them tomorrow. Gotta change that, knock sensors, wheel bearing, door hinge, passenger 3rd door outside handle.

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    If you actually feel the ball joints click, or any other type of noise. You are on borrowed time. Most the time you hear squeeks I would check sway bar bushings, and upper and lower control arm bushings. Pretty much any original rubber bushing. Shocks can also squeek as well. A way I check for bad suspension components on my truck is to feel the tires(as long as your alignment is good). If I feel cupping or high spots on my front tires I'll shake down my front end. But I shake it down and rotate every oil change anyway.
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    Not the shocks. If its sway bar bushings and such oh well. The boots are torn on them so I just assume to replace them anyway. Gonna do that tomorrow and hopefully change my knock sensors as well. Gonna change it all before I put a lift anyway.

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    I've got an intermittent squeak/chirp at times too. It doesn't always do it though. I seem to hear it when I start driving, or when I slow down, and at times when I'm turning. Once I get up to speed I don't seem to hear it and like I said, it doesn't always do it. Never heard it on any of my old Silverados. Not sure what it is.

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