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Old 02-01-2017, 09:30 PM   #1
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Front end creak still

Well, I thought I had my front end creak isolated with a bad upper control arm. I replaced both sides tonight and both ball joints were floppy especially the drivers. And the rear bushing in that side was pretty loose as well. Front end feels more solid for sure. Definitely needed done and for $100 and an hour and a half of work why not. But I still have that stupid rubbery creak when I turn in reverse. I did hear a touch of it too when turning in forward around a turn and hitting a bump in the road. I am guessing a lower bushing is the likely culprit? Any other ideas to look for?

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Old 02-01-2017, 09:51 PM   #2
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Sway bar bushings and links can make rubbery squeaks too.

Hope you find it, stuff like this can be frustrating to find the source.
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That crossed my mind but wasnt sure if they could b that loud. This is a pretty deep creak
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Can I spray things one at a time with like a silicone spray to isolate it?
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Maybe? Definitely make sure the product is safe for rubber/silicon parts. Sometimes lubrication will break down rubber parts.

Right or wrong, I personally would put the front end on jack stands, yank the wheels off and wiggle stuff and try to find it that way.
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Sadly a lot of these noisy need full vehicle weight on them which makes it tough to find them. If is a deep creek/squeak have a good hard look at the ball joints and tie rods. Especially the lower joints those are the most common noise causes. Even if they are new check them again I have seen new ones make noise. The uppers are obviously not an issue now since they are brand new.
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I did the same thing. 2wd 2003 1500. Had a freakin annoying 'rubbery' creak.

So I changed the upper baljoints/cArms. And still had it.
Was lower ball joints. If you keep driving, the 'creak' eventually goes away, replaced by a heavy metallic rattle thud (as you hit pot holes). Which is much less annoying to hear. lol

Also worth noting (if you have a 4wd). Another creak I had. It was only at low speed, and it was absolutely a RUBBER creaking noise. I would have bet $100 on it, on the spot. It would creak in forward but not reverse. And only at low speeds. Comring from middle to rear of truck.

I knew the spare tire was slightly loose and jiggled around a little. So I was pretty sure it was dancing and squeeking.

Well, i started looking for the soft rubbery culprite. Long story short, it was one bad bearing cap on the front joint of rear drive shaft.

I could not believe how it could make a 'rubbery' noise like that. But that solved it.
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Huh. Well this is def front end. I will keep checkin. Lower ball seemed solid. But I have ran into some good potholes unexpectedly this year here. Its so on and off its hard to catch. Did it this am but when I drove it this afternoon it was gone. Lol. Wheres a bearing cap on front driveshaft joint? Not that thats where my sound is coming from. Just curious. For future reference.
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I was wonderin if it couldnt be some weird brake noise like you said bout the cap. How would that make that noise? But I kno I have some rotor warpage.
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Huh. Well this is def front end. I will keep checkin. Lower ball seemed solid. But I have ran into some good potholes unexpectedly this year here. Its so on and off its hard to catch. Did it this am but when I drove it this afternoon it was gone. Lol. Wheres a bearing cap on front driveshaft joint? Not that thats where my sound is coming from. Just curious. For future reference.
I only mentioned the bearing cap on the Ujoint incase you have a 4wheel drive. Im assuming the 4wd's have CV joints in the front, as well as a drive shaft.

The bearing caps are basically just part of the Ujoints. Not to hard to replace if you have a press or solid bench vice.

If you have a laser temp gun, take long drive, then get under there and shoot each cap and see which one is hotter.
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