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Old 11-26-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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I am a noob to vettes and the 99' im looking to buy is really squeaking loud from the rear of the car. The owner says it is the bushings and is a cheap fix. Does this sound right or could this be an expensive suspension problem.
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The stock bushings don't squeak. Does it have after-market bushings (polyurethane) ?

Yes, it's expensive to fix, new control arms.
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There are a lot of aftermarket parts on the car so ill assume it is a polyurethane kit, (ill ask the guy to confirm though). I see a Polyurethane bushing kit online for $373 (from a non corvette forum vendor). I don't conisder that too expnesive, is it a B*tch to install? Do polyurethane bushings always squeak?

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The stock bushings don't squeak. Does it have after-market bushings (polyurethane) ?

Yes, it's expensive to fix, new control arms.
Agreed. Factory rubber bushings don't squeek. They can groan after a lot of miles, but squeaking definitely sounds like polyurethane. Its a lot of work to fix if the arms dont have grease fittings. Even then, cleaning the bushings out is a good idea on a street car.
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There are a lot of aftermarket parts on the car so ill assume it is a polyurethane kit, (ill ask the guy to confirm though). I see a Polyurethane bushing kit online for $373 (from a non corvette forum vendor). I don't conisder that too expnesive, is it a B*tch to install? Do polyurethane bushings always squeak?
That really depends on your skill level and your access to the correct tools to do the work.

Polyurethane bushings do squeak. Need to be greased often. I have installed a few sets and added zert fittings to grease regularly.
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The stock bushings don't squeak. Does it have after-market bushings (polyurethane) ?

Yes, it's expensive to fix, new control arms.
The stock sway bar bushings do squeak and it is fairly common.. There are many posts on this.. Do a search. My 99 had this problem as well as my 2002 Z.. Use a non Petrolium based lube on the insides of the bushings or wrap the swaybar in teflon tape where the bushings wrap around the sway bar.. Easy fix.. 2 bushings on the front and 2 on the rear
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The stock sway bar bushings do squeak and it is fairly common.. There are many posts on this.. Do a search. My 99 had this problem as well as my 2002 Z.. Use a non Petrolium based lube on the insides of the bushings or wrap the swaybar in teflon tape where the bushings wrap around the sway bar.. Easy fix.. 2 bushings on the front and 2 on the rear
I was refering to the control arms, not the sway bars. Read the post.
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In my case it was the F45 shocks that were making noise, ditched them and put C6 Z shocks and sways on. No more noise. I had prior to that lubed the sway bar bushings and the noise remained which were the crappy F45 shocks.

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