Squeaky front passenger side quarter panel
Good morning. Forgive the newbie question.
I have a 1997 F-250 HD, with an 8' bed and 7.3L PSD w/ 89,000 miles. I purchased this truck (I'm it's 2nd owner) for hauling my skid loader and hauling stone, and blocks for my small business (I'm a hardscaping contractor). Which it has performed beautifully for!
Now that the weather has gotten cooler here in PA I've noticed a new "squeak" that comes from the front passenger side quarter panel when I turn hard or coming in or out of a hill at an angle (which makes it worse).
The funny thing is, the hotter the day, the less likely it squeaks. It was non-existant during the summer months. The first "cool" morning is when I noticed it when I was pulling out of my neighborhood. Later that day when it was warmer - no noise.
In the last few weeks we've had up and down fall temps with summer heat and humidity. On hot days - no sound, on cool days - lots of sound. Go figure.
So, through deductive reasoning I began to investigate directly where the sound eminates from - near the base of the window pillar. There are two bolts where the front quarter attatches to the interior engine compartment at the base of the windshield pillar.
If I pop the hood and either push or pull hard at this connection (by grabbing the top of the panel) I can replicate this sound easily. Only on the passenger side. The bolts appear to be tight but there is some "cardboard" (for lack of a better term) type material sandwiched into this connection - I'm assuming this is factory - since the bolts appear un-touched by any kind of wrench and they are still shiney with factory paint on them and no scratches.
Has anyone had this problem before? I'm going to try tightening them down but was wondering if there was anything additional I could do to prevent it from coming back?