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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Squeaking from the Front End

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After I've had my Prowler for about a 3 weeks. All the driving I've done is mostly yard work. Occasionally, I notice squeaking coming from the front-end. It is not from applying the breaks. I'm not sure of the source.


I've been looking on here for similar situations. Some talk about giving the A-arm bushings and the shock mounts some penetrating oil.


I can find the shock mounts. But I'm not quite sure what the A-arm is. Anyone want to enlighten me?


Is there a way to tell where the squeak would be coming from?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 04:35 PM
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The A arms are called that because they resemble a capital 'A'. They allow the wheels to move up and down. They have bushings in the ends.

Click on the link below for examples:
https://www.google.com/search?q=a+ar...HQ8mA60QsAQIQw

You might also check your hood and hood mounting fittings to see if the hood is rubbing anywhere.
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More than likely the factory bushings! A dri-silicon spray may help to eliminate the noise.

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being new you might be hearing mid [front to rear] noises and not know where it comes from ????? ..... make very sure the emergency / park brake is fully off , one click up and it will drag the disc brake AND THAT IS A NO NO as it can cause a fire just a head's up here.
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The A arms are called that because they resemble a capital 'A'. They allow the wheels to move up and down. They have bushings in the ends.

Click on the link below for examples:
https://www.google.com/search?q=a+ar...HQ8mA60QsAQIQw

You might also check your hood and hood mounting fittings to see if the hood is rubbing anywhere.


Okay, thanks for the info. When you say 'ends', you're referring to the side that connects to the wheel and not the frame, right?


I'll be sure to the check the hood and hood mounting fittings too.

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More than likely the factory bushings! A dri-silicon spray may help to eliminate the noise.

When you say factory bushings, do you mean the bushings in the A-arms?

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being new you might be hearing mid [front to rear] noises and not know where it comes from ????? ..... make very sure the emergency / park brake is fully off , one click up and it will drag the disc brake AND THAT IS A NO NO as it can cause a fire just a head's up here.

I've looked on my model (2014 Prowler 700 XTX) and it doesn't appear to have an e-break/park break. Maybe I'm way off. (And that's very possible!!)

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A-Arm bushings, and the shock bushings! I think the 2014 uses a park feature in the transmission.

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Mine squeaked like hell until I replaced all of the A arm and shock bushings with Rick the Rocket's bushings.
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Same here the factory rubber a-arm bushings where they mount to the frame did a lot of squeaking, I replaced mine also.
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-02-2016, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Is replacing those bushings a job that a rookie can do? Or should I have someone who knows more, assist? My end goal, is that I gain enough experience/confidence working on projects like these, to tackle them myself. So anything I can do on my own is great.


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