Squeaky Suspension Cured

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Squeaky Suspension Cured

Postby Dingbat » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:09 am

Hi, guys. I'm looking for some guidance.

I've got a 2002 MGTF 160 Sprint, and have just had it fitted with the VHS/Bilstein comfort shock absorbers. I'm very pleased with the difference it's made to the way the car soaks up bumps in the road.

The problem I've got is that the rear suspension now squeaks every time I go over any significant bump.

Any ideas on how to cure squeaking suspension would be very welcome. I know that the MGF had grease nipples on the suspension. Does this apply to the TF as well?

Any thoughts and suggestions - before I get my overalls on and the jack out - would be very welcome.

Thanks in advance

Brian

Title of this post edited as I seem to have solved the problem.

Working on the basis that the bottom suspension and anti roll bar bushes would have been disturbed as the rear shocks were removed, I took both back wheels off and liberally sprayed all the bushes with silicon lubricant. It didn't give an immediate result, but after 24 hours and 70 miles, the squeak has totally vanished.

Thanks for your input.

Regards

Brian
Last edited by Dingbat on Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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    Re: Squeaky Suspension

    Postby artful.codger » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:36 am

    Just done the front suspension on mine as it was squeaking over every bump, I didn't think the rear suspension had any grease nipples, but I could be wrong.
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    Re: Squeaky Suspension

    Postby adrianclifford » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:42 am

    Grease nipples are on all four corners of the F but fronts only on the TF, why it should start squeeking now is a mystery. My Bilsteins have been on for over a year now, never a squeek yet.
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    Re: Squeaky Suspension

    Postby Mike H » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:49 am

    FWIW - mine (standard TF) tends to develop a squeak when it's been dry for a while, but a drop of rain always sorts it out.

    You could try hosing it down ;)
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    Re: Squeaky Suspension Cured

    Postby Dingbat » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:09 pm

    Hi, guys.

    Title of this post edited as I seem to have solved the problem.

    Working on the basis that the bottom suspension and anti roll bar bushes would have been disturbed as the rear shocks were removed, I took both back wheels off and liberally sprayed all the bushes with silicon lubricant. It didn't give an immediate result, but after 24 hours and 70 miles, the squeak has totally vanished.

    Thanks for your input.

    Regards

    Brian
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      Re: Squeaky Suspension Cured

      Postby J13UTM » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:42 pm

      Brian, ive had a similar problem and solved it the exact same way!
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      Re: Squeaky Suspension Cured

      Postby Canalsman » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:00 pm

      Dingbat wrote:I've got a 2002 MGTF 160 Sprint, and have just had it fitted with the VHS/Bilstein comfort shock absorbers. I'm very pleased with the difference it's made to the way the car soaks up bumps in the road.


      It's a great modification, and after 18 months with this on my car, I still smile at bumps in the road, rather than clench my teeth and prepare for loss of fillings ...

      I cannot recommend the VHS kit highly enough :)
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