Recent Topics
Portable air compressor?
by FirstNissan
07/30/15 08:00 PM
Anyone rennet when M1 15w50 came out?
by car51
07/30/15 07:47 PM
Mazda3 noise after rear brake/rotor install
by Blumurder
07/30/15 07:45 PM
Tesla motor
by OneEyeJack
07/30/15 07:43 PM
[Cut Open] Fram Filtration XG7317 Ultra 19,275 mi
by DuckRyder
07/30/15 07:35 PM
Help installing oil cooler (sandwich adapter)
by Jordanw6
07/30/15 07:30 PM
Ram drain plug gasket
by Rojack
07/30/15 07:12 PM
More Red Line Specs
by priler
07/30/15 07:09 PM
Denso oil filters, new part numbers?
by rustypigeon
07/30/15 06:58 PM
buying a used bike
by ROLEXrifleman
07/30/15 06:36 PM
Pennzoil fans? Here's the selection at my Autozone
by jdavis
07/30/15 06:20 PM
Driveway pricing
by seanf
07/30/15 06:15 PM
Newest Members
csammons, TOYJOETA, be3, Earl_Von_Syntec, Raj76
54892 Registered Users
Who's Online
102 registered (AandPDan, aquariuscsm, 901Memphis, afree, 2002 Maxima SE, arkainzeye, 8 invisible), 1672 Guests and 92 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
54892 Members
66 Forums
235138 Topics
3782777 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG
Topic Options
#2741120 - 09/11/12 07:53 PM Creaking front end
coopns Offline


Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 672
Loc: Scituate MA
02 Grand Caravan, the old girl is showing her age. On the right side, she kind of creaks (sounds like a matress spring) when I go over bumps. Not awful but creaky.

I tried using a grease gun but I don't think I did it right. I had it loaded up, put the end on the nipple of the sway bar and thought the grease would on right in but it just kind of smeared all over. Am I applying it wrong?

Think that is it, sway bar?


Edited by coopns (09/11/12 07:54 PM)
_________________________
Coop

Top
#2741123 - 09/11/12 07:57 PM Re: Creaking front end [Re: coopns]
Astro14 Offline


Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 5518
Loc: Virginia Beach
So many possibilities...bushings, strut mounts, struts themselves...but I would start with the rest of the bushings...squirt some WD-40 on each one and see if you lose the squeak.

When you find it, replace it...
_________________________
32 Packard 15W40
90 4Runner 10W40 QS4X4
92 300E 5W40 LiquiMoly
02 Volvo V70 T5 0W40 M1
02 Volvo V70 XC 5W30 PU
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
06 Corolla 5W30 Edge

Top
#2741125 - 09/11/12 07:57 PM Re: Creaking front end [Re: coopns]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 9946
Loc: Middlesex County CT
I found the source of my creaking in my Toyota; it was worn out steering stabilizer links. Having the car lifted aggravated the situation; just something to consider.
_________________________
2003 Echo >368K miles; ST 10W-40HM and some #132
2006 B2300;94K;ALM

Note to park visitors: Yellowstone wildlife is wild

Top
#2741133 - 09/11/12 08:05 PM Re: Creaking front end [Re: Astro14]
Topo Offline


Registered: 12/02/11
Posts: 670
Loc: Norwalk, Ohio
I had the same issue on my Chrysler 300. Few things happened. The struts where shot, riding on springs to much( springy sound). Also outer tie rod end(clucking/rubbing noise), in addition has some minor clucking sound, that was sway bar bushings(clunking sound).
_________________________
2010 Chrysler 300 Tour.Sig 3.5L
150,000 Miles On Engine and Climbing
Current: Napa Syn. 5W30/P1 Oil Filter
10,000 OCI



Top
#2741230 - 09/11/12 10:11 PM Re: Creaking front end [Re: coopns]
bigjl Offline


Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 1725
Loc: London, England
The times I have had creaks from.the front I have cured it by either replacing the anti roll bar drop links or the lower suspension arms.

Though the tip of spraying wd40 would work. I have a mate that does the same but with silicon spray.
_________________________
10 BMW 116D SE 110k miles Full BMW Hx
12 Jaguar XJL 3.0 D Luxury 132k 5w30 Shell AF-L

Top
#2741237 - 09/11/12 10:16 PM Re: Creaking front end [Re: coopns]
Thax Offline


Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 642
Loc: VA
It is most likely the sway bar bushings and or links that require replacement. Take some silicon based lubricant and spray directly on the bushings. If it stops the noise you have found the culprit. However it is not advisable to use a petroleum based product such as wd-40 on bushings as it will harm the rubber in the bushings themselves.
_________________________
00 Dodge Durango 4.7L
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L
ASE P2 Parts Specialist
AIA Import Part Specialist

Top
#2741330 - 09/12/12 03:21 AM Re: Creaking front end [Re: coopns]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 26717
Loc: ME
^ yup the end links are junk on those vans they are like a girdle on a fat chick they have their work cut out for them. New ones are only around $12 and the little ball joints just snap; no grease will help at this point.

When they go the van will tip over in modest turns and remind you of a sailboat.

Top
#2741348 - 09/12/12 05:23 AM Re: Creaking front end [Re: coopns]
rszappa1 Offline


Registered: 02/24/06
Posts: 1664
Loc: louisville ky
Check the sway bar bushings. My 1999 Dodge Caravan did the same and that was the problem... Also very easy to change...

Top
#2741765 - 09/12/12 01:44 PM Re: Creaking front end [Re: coopns]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
Any spray lube should mask the noise for a day.
Judiciously apply it in isolated spots to determine which is the offender. If you do all at once , how will you know?
A arm bushings are #1, and sway bars or links #2.

Top