Front end creaks and pops

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Front end creaks and pops

Postby HMPower » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:43 am

I've noticed an issue in the past couple weeks with creaking/popping sounds from the front end at low speed, like maneuvering in a parking lot (or drive thru :).
My first thought was a strut issue, but I had them replaced just about 20,000 miles ago, so that wouldn't be my first guess. I raised the front wheels and checked for movement, but there was none - so not thinking the ball joints either.
Any suggestions on what to check next? I've got about 107k miles on it now.
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Re: Front end creaks and pops

Postby vibrologist » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:00 am

what kind of struts did you get? Did they replace the strut mounts as well?
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Re: Front end creaks and pops

Postby Chiadog » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:56 pm

Could also be ball joints, etc. Need to check them with the car sitting normally on the suspension. Most shops will do a free inspection.

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Re: Front end creaks and pops

Postby vibrologist » Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:58 pm

Chiadog wrote:Could also be ball joints, etc. Need to check them with the car sitting normally on the suspension. Most shops will do a free inspection.

I agree with that. My hunch is that the strut bearing is bad. Either it's a cheap new one, which happened to me once, or an old worn one.
If its the lower ball joint you could get an injection kit and put some synthetic grease in the joints. It's like a hypodermic needle that punctures the rubber boot.
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Re: Front end creaks and pops

Postby HMPower » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:10 am

They replaced the strut mounts too, but it was Pep Boys, so who knows what cheap brand they used. The struts themselves are Monroe.
I'll have my local shop check it out and advise. I'll let you know what it was!
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Re: Front end creaks and pops

Postby jayoldschool » Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:12 pm

I'm having a similar noise from the right front under braking. Put the car on the lift, checked the BJ, the control arm, the sway end link, couldn't find anything. Took the caliper off, checked the sliders, cleaned and lubed the pad mount shims. It still sounds the exact same. I'm thinking it's the strut bearing. It makes a strange crunchy noise when I'm almost stopped. Also, if I'm at low speed, and go over a dip, there is a pronounced squeak/grind as the suspension compresses.

Sound like a strut bearing?


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