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Old 14 Dec 2010, 09:18 pm
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My Bessy (124K) has started making strange creaking noises when turning slowly. Doesn't really coincide with steering, more with the bumps in the road. What's a ball park for doing the struts? Would springs have to be done, too?



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Old 15 Dec 2010, 09:16 pm
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Default Re: suspension creaks

I get a lot of creaking when starting out cold (35F) going over speedbumps, etc. from the front on my '03 with 90K miles. I'm thinking that's a strut issue. Sounds like an old wooden rocking chair.
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Old 16 Dec 2010, 03:33 am
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The front end of our PT sounded terrible when going over bumps. Turned out the front sway bar endlink bushings went bad.
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Old 16 Dec 2010, 11:32 pm
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Are the sway bar endlink bushings in this picture?

Thanks for the tip.

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Old 18 Dec 2010, 10:18 am
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Default Re: suspension creaks

Could be dried out lower ball links as well.

Mine (2001 ltd)was creaking like an old ship going over speed bumps and the curb to get in my driveway. The mechanic crawled under mine with a stethoscope and found the right side lower was the problem. Totally dried out and rusted inside.

While he had the car on the rack, I had him upgrade all of the bushings with an energy suspension bushing kit.
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