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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Creaking sound from front drivers side wheel area.

Just got back from my daughter's parent/teacher interview, and when I got out of the truck I noticed a creaking sound coming from the area of the front wheel on drivers side. Hopped up and down on the running boards, and it 's def. only coming from that side, not the passenger side.

I had the ball joints done about 1 1/2 years ago, and have my torsion bars cranked up right now. I don't think they are at a relly extreme angle, but the boot looks a little wet on the side away from the wheel. Can't really tell if it's ripped, but looks pretty decomposed!!! It's dark and snowy out right now, but what do you guys think I should look for in the daylight tomorrow?

Here's a pic of the boot that looks wet. Maybe ripped? Would that make a creaky sound?



And the passenger side taken about 5 or 6 weeks ago with the old tires. ( I know my sway bar links are broken) Looks a lot better shape. Must have been replaced recently, I can't remember... duh. But like I said, would that add to a creaky sound?


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I had that a few weeks ago. Luckly it went away, believe it was ice or snow up under the wheel well.

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Thanks. Not makin the sound today, maybe it is temperature related. I'll keep an eye ( ear) on it. Just panicked I hope.

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Torsion bars or suspension bushings. Mine's done it since new when hauling a load and going over large bumps slowly. LR

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mine made that noise awhile back too..it warmed up and the snow/ice that was packed in there melted and noise went bye bye....

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it could also be the tierod ends starting to seize,just check for free play and grab the adjuster sleeve and rock back and forth to see if noise present.


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the broken sway bar links would make a chatter sound, have you greased the front end lately ? how cold out was it when it made the noise ?

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It was about -10. I had the wife jump up and down on the running boards today while I climbed under. It doesn't creak all the time, but it started again. It only happens when I drive slowly. Like 20 or less. Anything above that and I don't here anything.

Sure sounds like it's coming from lower ball joint area. It was sure greasy and full of grime. The other side is clean. Do they leak or something? ( I'm such a suspension noob) I'm gonna take it down the road to Minute Muffler tommorow I think, and have them jack it up, and see what's going on under there. They are really good there, and my driveway is too damn snowy and icy right now. Thanks for all your replys!!! I Appreciate your input.

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Here's what a moron I am. Washed it up a little under there and realized I had a greasable Ball Joint on the driver side. Not on the passenger side as far as I can tell. Never had one of those before. Greased it up, took it for a drive over some bumpy icy roads and no more creak. Learn a little everyday I guess!!!!

EDIT: The passenger side one has a hole in the top of it too after I cleaned it up a little. Guess I can go get another fitting for it!!!

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