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Old 11-10-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Embarrasing Steering Creak?

My 02 Gt has been making this really loud creaking noise when turning the wheel at low speeds and I finally have time to get around to it. I don't think it's struts because it doesn't do it over bumps, it only happens when the wheel is being turned side to side, if I make a sharp turn it only creaks at the beginning of the turn. Is it ball joints? Tie rod? Steering rack bushings? (The suspension is all stock besides rear shocks and it has 192k)
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My 02 Gt has been making this really loud creaking noise when turning the wheel at low speeds and I finally have time to get around to it. I don't think it's struts because it doesn't do it over bumps, it only happens when the wheel is being turned side to side, if I make a sharp turn it only creaks at the beginning of the turn. Is it ball joints? Tie rod? Steering rack bushings? (The suspension is all stock besides rear shocks and it has 192k)
ball joints. 90% sure. I dealt with this same thing on my 02 about 5 months ago.
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Do they need to be greased (if possible) or replaced?
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Stock, i believe the mustangs do not come with greaseable ball joints. If yours are aftermarket. Then they should be greaseable.
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probably the ball joints... Have you checked your power steering fluid though?
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My 02 Gt has been making this really loud creaking noise when turning the wheel at low speeds and I finally have time to get around to it. I don't think it's struts because it doesn't do it over bumps, it only happens when the wheel is being turned side to side, if I make a sharp turn it only creaks at the beginning of the turn. Is it ball joints? Tie rod? Steering rack bushings? (The suspension is all stock besides rear shocks and it has 192k)
Maybe the sway bar end links
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I agree check your ps fluid. The ps pump is notorious for squealing and happens fairly often in our cars so Im told.
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Steering rack sleeves, start here, cheap fix, possibly get new bushings to

http://www.svtperformance.com/forums...rning-fix.html
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Mine is doing the same exact thing, gonna take a look at a few things today and see if I can't get it fixed.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:28 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies guys, I think I'm going to start with the svtp fix, it sounds easy and cheap. I'm hoping that will fix the problem but I did see a video on YouTube where a mustang was making a sound very similar to mine and his problem was ball joints. How would I go about checking if my ball joint are bad?
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Get someone to turn wheel back n forth so you can get idea where noise is coming from...spray some penetrating lube where u think it's coming from...it will go quiet for a lil bit so you'll know what to replace...
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I had a similar sound ended up being ball joints
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #13
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That sounds very similar to mine, except yours sounds about 10 times worse. Mine only squeaks at the start of turning the wheel, for example if you put your hand at 12 on the steering wheel And turn to 2 it will squeak but past that it won't.
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That sounds very similar to mine, except yours sounds about 10 times worse. Mine only squeaks at the start of turning the wheel, for example if you put your hand at 12 on the steering wheel And turn to 2 it will squeak but past that it won't.
Sway bar end links ..

Or why haven't you already lifted the car up and looked for yourself ?
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Figured I would get some insight first, thanks for all the replies everyone
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I had the same issue and found this answer on this forum. I did it and it worked great for me - no more noise. Ford has a service bulletin on steering noise creek for 2002 - 2004 Mustangs - and have a replacement part fix. This guy had a home solution. It took me a little over an hour to do. Hope this helps.

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Had the same problem, turned out to be my tie rod end boots were dried up, there not serviceable, but mine had 0 play, so punctured a needle sized hole in the boot, pumped it up with white lithium grease, sealed the hole, no noise since than about 8 months ago...
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We'll it appears to be coming from the passenger side ball joint, there's no grease fittings, no play in the wheel. The front end is tight, no wandering. Is the ball joint bad?
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We'll it appears to be coming from the passenger side ball joint, there's no grease fittings, no play in the wheel. The front end is tight, no wandering. Is the ball joint bad?
Probably.
I just replaced every part in my front end. The steering rack bushings were worn out. Both of the inner tie rods and one outer tie rod was bad. Both of the ball joints were weak as well. Also, the strut bushings needed replacing.
I recommend replacing everything. My car drives beautifully now. Just like brand new. All of the strange noises are gone.
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Eventually I'll get through the whole front end, but for now I'm going to order the steeds ball joints and see what that solves, if the sound is gone I'll be happy
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Eventually I'll get through the whole front end, but for now I'm going to order the steeds ball joints and see what that solves, if the sound is gone I'll be happy
That's a good start.
Have a look at the strut bushings. Everyone overlooks them.
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