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Hey folks, I apologize if this subject is covered elsewhere.I'm looking at a used grizzly 450 withpower steering. Only has around 100 original miles on it and is basicallypristine. Starts and runs mint. Doesn’t look abused, etc. Anyway, I’ve neverhad Power Steering before on a quad. When I rode it a mile today on the streetto test it out, it sounded like the front end was creaking a little - mainlyduring acceleration and deceleration. It did not sound like metal or steel ofany type. It sounded more like a loose wooden floor board in my house thatcreaks when you walk on it. Maybe a servo in the front end doing its job orsomething? Or is something potentially wrong with the quad? Wondering ifeverything is ok with this machine or could there be a problem? Does powersteering have any inherent sounds to it? Thanks!
 

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Hey folks, I apologize if this subject is covered elsewhere.I'm looking at a used grizzly 450 withpower steering. Only has around 100 original miles on it and is basicallypristine. Starts and runs mint. Doesn’t look abused, etc. Anyway, I’ve neverhad Power Steering before on a quad. When I rode it a mile today on the streetto test it out, it sounded like the front end was creaking a little - mainlyduring acceleration and deceleration. It did not sound like metal or steel ofany type. It sounded more like a loose wooden floor board in my house thatcreaks when you walk on it. Maybe a servo in the front end doing its job orsomething? Or is something potentially wrong with the quad? Wondering ifeverything is ok with this machine or could there be a problem? Does powersteering have any inherent sounds to it? Thanks!
My 08' grizz creaks some when turning. It's coming from the steering stem. Some of the guys have put a grease able set up on theirs.
 

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Hey folks, I apologize if this subject is covered elsewhere.I'm looking at a used grizzly 450 withpower steering. Only has around 100 original miles on it and is basicallypristine. Starts and runs mint. Doesn’t look abused, etc. Anyway, I’ve neverhad Power Steering before on a quad. When I rode it a mile today on the streetto test it out, it sounded like the front end was creaking a little - mainlyduring acceleration and deceleration. It did not sound like metal or steel ofany type. It sounded more like a loose wooden floor board in my house thatcreaks when you walk on it. Maybe a servo in the front end doing its job orsomething? Or is something potentially wrong with the quad? Wondering ifeverything is ok with this machine or could there be a problem? Does powersteering have any inherent sounds to it? Thanks!
Your power steering itself should not make any noise. Since you said yours is making the creaking during acceleration and deceleration, I would tend to think it is a-arm bushings. My rear suspension does this at times. But there is no play in anything so I have not done anything with it.
 

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Update: Not sure if people actual come back to these threads and provide an update but today I took the machine out and decided to try and reproduce the noise with the machine off. Sure enough, if I get on the quad and rock it left and right with my feet, it creaks like crazy. That's great news to me because obviously there is nothing wrong with the motor, tranny, power steering, etc if it is making the noise with the machine off. It is just something squeaking on the quad. It could be the shock towers, shock springs, body mounts, etc but its nothing important, just something on the quad that needs oil. This atv has no miles on it so maybe its due to lack of use. I started hitting everything that moved with WD40 but the creak is still there. Not sure how to find or lube it. I cant seem to home in on the exact spot creaking because when you're under it, the sound echoes and could be coming from anywhere. I'm actually surprised that I haven't quieted it down yet with all the wd40 I put on it today. Any ideas? Thanks!
 

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WD40 is not going to do it. You'll need to pull every suspension bolt and apply grease to them, including the shock bolts. I have used spray white lithium grease in the past doing this. Worked well and fixed the creaking.

I have also seen ball joints make a creak too. Usually they don't last much longer and develop play. The best way to fix creaking ball joints is to replace them. I have used needle greasers and managed to get some grease in them, but it was a temporary fix at best.
 

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Try using a piece of big hose like a stethoscope under the quad. Then you can find the noise pretty quickly. I use a 2' chunk of 2" plastic hose off an old shop vac. But you can use smaller hose too.

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Interesting though. The squeak is super loud and annoying. All of have to do is push down on the front or rear racks and it sounds like an old bed with bad springs. I hit most everything with wd40 and then silicone spray today and zero change. I?m baffled.
 

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RESOLVED. Thank you to everyone - Dezz, Rollin and Reogem. It's interesting, either a massive coincidence or you need to hit every bolt to get the sound to go away. I lubed all the shock spring bolts - still squeaking. I then lubed the a-arm bolts, upper and lower, on right side - still squeaking. Then lubed the a-arm bolts, upper and lower, on left side - AND - noticed the new forum response stating to be sure to grease the sway bar bushing connecting to the frame, greased that ... and still squeaking. I figured it was not going to resolve the problem ... but why leave one bolt un greased out of laziness... so I went back and disconnected the sway bar bushing on the right side. Before I greased and reinstalled it, I pushed down on the quad while it was disconnected and .... silence!!! I greased it up and bolted it back down and ... still silence!! I greased a total of 16 or more bolts. I find it hard to believe that the first 14 didnt work and the last two fixed it. I'm thinking it was probably getting better as I moved along but I could not tell. I'm assuming that all bolts needed it, but it's possible that I could have skipped everything and just hit the right side sway bar bushing and it would have resolved the issue. But, anyway, I'm glad the squeak is gone and thank you and this forum for figuring it out for me. I'm also glad to come back to the forum and report the outcome as many posts (I'm guilty of this too) just end and we never get to know what worked or what just went unresolved. In this case, lubing all the suspension, sway bar and a-arm bolts in the rear end got rid of the squeak. Thanks for the help and I will also update the other post with the power steering question with this result and link. Thanks and see http://www.grizzlycentral.com/forum/grizzly-chassis-body/96666-grizzly-squeaking-rear.html#post955738 for the whole thread
 
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