Recent Topics
Seen a Lotus Exige S Roadster Today..
by Warstud
05/22/15 06:08 PM
Deceptive Vitamin Packaging...
by Warstud
05/22/15 05:59 PM
Oil Cap Creamy Looking Stuff?
by HiccaBurp
05/22/15 05:36 PM
we want our oil like molasses around here.
by leroyd92
05/22/15 04:49 PM
That's one way to end a party
by Pop_Rivit
05/22/15 04:10 PM
Bought a new Glock 19
by cb_13
05/22/15 03:05 PM
M1 0w40, 7500 miles, Saab 9-3 2.0
by J_R
05/22/15 02:36 PM
End link install
by horse123
05/22/15 02:10 PM
Filter For 07 PT
by DarthDuty
05/22/15 01:46 PM
2 Cycle Oil
by Mathew_Boss
05/22/15 12:40 PM
America's/Discount Tire Rebates 5/22 & 23
by Bill_G
05/22/15 12:29 PM
Oil for an air-cooled 911
by rsamerica
05/22/15 12:17 PM
Newest Members
MrNobody, MrWonderful, Wed68, arizonaelk, jyhc
54068 Registered Users
Who's Online
80 registered (Al, bdcardinal, andyd, aquariuscsm, babyivan, bchannell, 4 invisible), 1629 Guests and 104 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
54068 Members
66 Forums
231721 Topics
3713948 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: 671
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: 5375
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: 9764
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 >365K 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: 669
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: 1717
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.
_________________________
06 Clio1.5DCi,141k 6kOCI Shell Extra 5w40
08 Pathfinder 2.5 Dci Sold with 125k
12 Jaguar XJL 3.0 D Luxury 120k 8kOCI Mob 1 ESP 5w30

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


Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 639
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: 26179
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