strut bushings, '99 camry

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Old 07 Apr 2006, 05:49 pm   #1 (permalink)
onehappymadman@yahoo.com
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Default strut bushings, '99 camry

This generation of camry has a noisy rubber strut bushing - possibly
from the bushing drying out...?

Would it be a good idea to try and soften the rubber bushing with some
WD-40 from under the hood?

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Old 07 Apr 2006, 10:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Good idea or not a friend of mine has the same car with the same noise . We
sprayed them with WD40 nearly a year ago and havent heard a noise since.
Scott

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Old 08 Apr 2006, 10:18 pm   #3 (permalink)
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zonie wrote:
> Good idea or not a friend of mine has the same car with the same noise . We
> sprayed them with WD40 nearly a year ago and havent heard a noise since.
> Scott


I tried this just now, drove around the block, and the noise is *much*
reduced. Not quite gone completely, but you really have to concentrate
on the noise to hear it.

Added just a few more squirts of WD-40 after the drive around the
block.

onehappymadman

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Old 09 Apr 2006, 12:30 am   #4 (permalink)
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onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
> zonie wrote:
> > Good idea or not a friend of mine has the same car with the same noise . We
> > sprayed them with WD40 nearly a year ago and havent heard a noise since.
> > Scott

>
> I tried this just now, drove around the block, and the noise is *much*
> reduced. Not quite gone completely, but you really have to concentrate
> on the noise to hear it.
>
> Added just a few more squirts of WD-40 after the drive around the
> block.
>
> onehappymadman


Update - after adding a few more squirts of WD-40 to the strut
bushings, the sound is basically gone.

Now I can hear a slight squeak around the steering wheel column... only
when I turn the steering wheel though. (I have really sensitive
hearing.)

At least no more "mouse sound" around the wheels - that was driving me
crazy.

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Old 09 Apr 2006, 09:22 am   #5 (permalink)
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onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
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> Now I can hear a slight squeak around the steering wheel column...
> only when I turn the steering wheel though. (I have really sensitive
> hearing.)


There have been a lot of posts saying there is a shroud or cover that the
steering shaft rubs on when turned, which a squirt of lube solves. If it
bothers you try a google on this and you should find an answer.
Dave


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Old 10 Apr 2006, 05:14 am   #6 (permalink)
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davidj92 wrote:
> onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
> snip
>> Now I can hear a slight squeak around the steering wheel column...
>> only when I turn the steering wheel though. (I have really sensitive
>> hearing.)

>
> There have been a lot of posts saying there is a shroud or cover that
> the steering shaft rubs on when turned, which a squirt of lube
> solves. If it bothers you try a google on this and you should find an
> answer. Dave


I sprayed silicone there. Problem gone.


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Old 11 Apr 2006, 05:50 am   #7 (permalink)
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Generally a spray of silicone or brake fluid is a much better choice than
WD40 if there is a rubber bushing involved.

Incidentally WD40 has other technical stuff in it like waxy oils I believe,
but you can make a cheap imitation of it with 7 parts kerosene (paraffin if
you are in the UK) to one part chain oil, in a hand sprayer.

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> davidj92 wrote:
>> onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
>> snip
>>> Now I can hear a slight squeak around the steering wheel column...
>>> only when I turn the steering wheel though. (I have really sensitive
>>> hearing.)

>>
>> There have been a lot of posts saying there is a shroud or cover that
>> the steering shaft rubs on when turned, which a squirt of lube
>> solves. If it bothers you try a google on this and you should find an
>> answer. Dave

>
> I sprayed silicone there. Problem gone.
>
>



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Old 11 Apr 2006, 10:53 am   #8 (permalink)
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Oopsey. Oh well.

Brake fluid, though, really? I noticed it evaporates *really* quickly
when I cleaned out my PCV valve with it... (using non-chlorinated
Brakleen)... or did you mean use the chlorinated one?


Geoff wrote:
> Generally a spray of silicone or brake fluid is a much better choice than
> WD40 if there is a rubber bushing involved.
>
> Incidentally WD40 has other technical stuff in it like waxy oils I believe,
> but you can make a cheap imitation of it with 7 parts kerosene (paraffin if
> you are in the UK) to one part chain oil, in a hand sprayer.
>
> "Sharx35" <sharx35@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:deq_f.37070$K11.21281@clgrps12...
> > davidj92 wrote:
> >> onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
> >> snip
> >>> Now I can hear a slight squeak around the steering wheel column...
> >>> only when I turn the steering wheel though. (I have really sensitive
> >>> hearing.)
> >>
> >> There have been a lot of posts saying there is a shroud or cover that
> >> the steering shaft rubs on when turned, which a squirt of lube
> >> solves. If it bothers you try a google on this and you should find an
> >> answer. Dave

> >
> > I sprayed silicone there. Problem gone.
> >
> >


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Old 14 Apr 2006, 12:53 am   #9 (permalink)
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Use silicone grease/spray on rubber. Never use petrolium based because
it drys up and make the rubber crack.

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