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Squeak in front shocks
#1
Okay, I'm new to biking and the forum, and need help already!

One of my bikes is a Giant Boulder mountain bike, about 12 years old or so. Went riding with a friend today, he was on the Boulder. I noticed a squeak coming from the shocks on the front wheel.

Wheel spins freely and makes no noise. It's definitely the shocks.

Any idea how to stop this? Squeaks when compressed, and not all the time.

Any and all help would be appreciated. Make it simple, I'm a real novice!


Thanks!
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#2
Squeaky shocks are tedious to try and lubricate. I will say upfront it is probably best to have a Local Bike shop handle that for you. You can however look at the boots (upper dust covers) and see if they need any triflow. If they aren't the source of the noise then go to a LBS.
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#3
(04-14-2010, 06:29 PM)Bill Wrote:  Squeaky shocks are tedious to try and lubricate. I will say upfront it is probably best to have a Local Bike shop handle that for you. You can however look at the boots (upper dust covers) and see if they need any triflow. If they aren't the source of the noise then go to a LBS.

Do you mean the rubber 'stopper' looking things on the top of each? Do they just pop-off? There seems to be an indentation in the top, much like a slot for a screwdriver, but it's about 1/2 inch long.

Would I just put Triflow down there?
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(04-15-2010, 04:09 PM)lkn2myis Wrote:  
(04-14-2010, 06:29 PM)Bill Wrote:  Squeaky shocks are tedious to try and lubricate. I will say upfront it is probably best to have a Local Bike shop handle that for you. You can however look at the boots (upper dust covers) and see if they need any triflow. If they aren't the source of the noise then go to a LBS.

Do you mean the rubber 'stopper' looking things on the top of each? Do they just pop-off? There seems to be an indentation in the top, much like a slot for a screwdriver, but it's about 1/2 inch long.

Would I just put Triflow down there?

OH OPPPPS! Ok scratch what I said! I was thinking it had shocks like they put on low end department store bikes. Your best bet is probably go to a LBS. Hard for me to guess without a picture
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#5
(04-15-2010, 05:36 PM)Bill Wrote:  
(04-15-2010, 04:09 PM)lkn2myis Wrote:  
(04-14-2010, 06:29 PM)Bill Wrote:  Squeaky shocks are tedious to try and lubricate. I will say upfront it is probably best to have a Local Bike shop handle that for you. You can however look at the boots (upper dust covers) and see if they need any triflow. If they aren't the source of the noise then go to a LBS.

Do you mean the rubber 'stopper' looking things on the top of each? Do they just pop-off? There seems to be an indentation in the top, much like a slot for a screwdriver, but it's about 1/2 inch long.

Would I just put Triflow down there?

OH OPPPPS! Ok scratch what I said! I was thinking it had shocks like they put on low end department store bikes. Your best bet is probably go to a LBS. Hard for me to guess without a picture


This morning I pulled up the rubber 'boots' and put a bit of Triflow down, hopefully to make it seep into the problem area.

Hopefully this will take care of it. If not, I'm tempted to buy a good bike repair book and try and investigate myself.

Is this asking for trouble?
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