Creaking hub caps

joesregalproject

joesregalproject

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I would also guess it's the steel wheels flexing. The Lincoln Town Car I used to have had a creaking noise that I couldn't track down, I thought it was ball joints or a-arm bushings, so I replaced all the front end bushings and it was still there. I forget how I figured it out but it turned out the noise was from the aluminum center caps on the wheels. I just rolled without the centers after that, but a dab of grease probably would've worked.
 
Bonnewagon

Bonnewagon

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It rained all day today- it was quieter. Still ticked a bit. Water lubricates so I'm thinking grease on the tabs is worth a shot. More rain tomorrow so after that I can test.
 
Texas82GP

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It rained all day today- it was quieter. Still ticked a bit. Water lubricates so I'm thinking grease on the tabs is worth a shot. More rain tomorrow so after that I can test.
It doesn't sound like this is your problem, but the first set of BFG Radial T/A's on Dad's 62 Ford Galxie got old and creaked and ticked. We'd never experienced something like that before. We thought the Centerlines were coming apart. I guess the car had sat around so long that the sidewalls were structurally failing.
 
Bonnewagon

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No, they are Tiger Paws and only a couple of years old. At least it is only an annoying creak. I used to have a 1976 LeMans that the hub caps would fly off every now and then. Not fun retrieving on the interstate. UPDATE: rain stopped, Sun came out, had to go out, no noise. WTF?
 
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Bonnewagon

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Now it got hot and dry out. No noise. Hmmmm.
 
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So it started again. This time I swapped two caps from front to rear and added a schmear of grease to the rim. Much better yet I still hear the rear trying to make noise on braking. I wonder if it is the rim flexing and causing whatever cap is on it to sound off?
 
pontiacgp

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The rims do flex, the older rims that they used with bias ply tires had a problem flexing alot if radial tires were used on those rims but the rims that came with radial tires were stronger and did not flex as much.
 
TURNA

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Dont worry its going to rain today anyway, so no more squeak!
 

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