rain storm. I can still hear the noise even with the radio on. I took the car to a firm of specialists Philip Welch in York who diagnosed the bushes as the problem and I must admit after they had greased things and I collected it, the noise was no more. Sure enough the noise returned and another mechanic said it was probably brake dust in the discs but I am not so sure. I would greatly appreciate any ideas you may have on the matter.
The car is a 51 registered 2.5 litre auto with 76,500 miles on the clock. So, perhaps it could be that the bushes are worn at this mileage.
I am fanatical about the car and the noise is driving me mad, a noise that only started a couple of months ago. Please help
This is a difficult one to resolve by mail so forgive the somewhat vague response.
If at oil possible, I suggest that the next time you drive the car and the noise is there, take it to Welch's and then let them experience it first hand (obviously this will all have to be by prior arrangement). It could well be a dry bush or even a shock absorber mounting, if not a shock absorber itself that is failing or perhaps an anti-roll bar link. We have not experienced this on X-types yet but we have had cases of creaking from a ball joint at the front of the car.
If you can generate the noise by pressing down on the car when stationary, this is a big help in aiding diagnosis for the garage but it may still not be that easy.
I have the same problem. At the recent Northern Day my car sounded like a 100 year old pram as I drive on the grass to park it up.
Back at home I put the car on ramps and pulled down on the suspension. The sound appeared to come from the rear o/s shock absorber. So I bought a new one and fitted it. (It should have been an easy job but the bottom mounting bolt was seized up.) The squeal remains so I will check the control arm now.
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