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Old 06-01-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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Creaking whilst turning?

Hi there,

Recently I have noticed a very audible creaking noise when I turn left. I took it to a garage, they drove it and said it was dry bushes. I let them do the work and everything seemed fine afterwards. But the noise has come back.

I'd like to know whether anybody has had a similar problem or if anybody knows what could be causing this 'creaking' noise. I'm not so sure it is dry bushes though because I drove my friend home yesterday and the noise went away, however when he got out and I was on my way home, the noise returned, I'm starting to think this could be a suspension issue...

Thanks in advance for any help


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Old 06-01-2008, 03:44 PM   #2
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try replacing the rear sway bar bushings with poly? if u have one that is
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My car is mechanically factory standard. It sounds like the creaking is coming from the front of the car too.
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It's more than likely front stabilizer end links. These are metal sphericals in a plastic socket. They get dry and squeek, and I believe the sway bar acts as a tining form to amplify the noise. Simple fix/ Easier to jack the car up. Use an awl or bent piece of wire to spread the boot back and spray some oil in their, not WD40 although that will work for a while. Twist the link within the full range to work the oil in. This works for me, but is required a couple of times a year.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:07 AM   #5
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I have a 2007 focus which now has 17,000 miles on it and I have had in the dealer 4 or 5 times for a clunking, creaking, popping noise that mainly happens when I turn the steering wheel left or right. They have so far replaced the steering column, sway bar end links, tie rod ends and front brakes and rotors. The noise is still there and the service tech said they have run out of things to replace and that they don't what to do to fix this. He stated that it could be a Friday afternoon car? Does anyone have any issues like this or know what I can possibly do.

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That sort of creaking noise that happens when turning, and may be affected one way or another by a passenger.......may be caused by the upper strut bearings. I've never see the Focus setup, but on most cars these days, this bearing is just two pieces of plastic/nylon.

The fix is usually easy enough.....remove the strut from the car, take the top plate off, replace the bearing.

Diagnosing the problem is not so easy....
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I have the same problem... when I turn right... I get a clunk... my last focus (04 ZTS) did the same thing... I pay it no mind cause the suspension etc is good.
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mine does it also-- PDQEagle-- where would the boots be?-- are you talking about the CV boots or what--sorry for the dumb question

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Something you can try in diagnosing is to put a garbage bag (one of the large hefty type) under each front wheel. Make sure the bag is folded at least four layers thick and the surface under the bags is smooth, this eliminates drag so the wheels can turn left / right with the Eng off (no Eng noise to interfere). Have someone turn the steering wheel several times fast / slow, stop to stop and see if you can duplicate the sound .If you can hear it keep turning the wheel and zero in on the offending part, then change that part or lube it which ever it calls for.
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