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Old 12-03-2015, 08:59 AM   #1
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Ball joint creak?

So this just started yesterday, any time I turn the wheel there is a creaking sound from the front passenger tire area. You can hear it from the inside and out. I am assuming it's the ball joints? About a month ago I hit a pretty deep pothole and ever since then I've had a little rattle on bumps. It still does the rattle on bumps and then the creaking when turning the steering wheel. Also a week or two ago, I was running low on power steering fluid so I added some. When I heard the noise, I checked again and there was only about 2 inches high of fluid. I added some more but the issue is still there, with or without the car running. The power steering running low is more like a loud ticking whine when it got low, this is more of a creak. The car has UPR tubular k member, coilovers, and A arms. Here's a little video showing the creak

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I can't get that video to play, but creaking while turning the steering wheel can be caused by a number of things, such as, ball joints, strut bushings, steering rack bushings, A-arm bushings, etc.

You will have to do some further diagnosis to determine the area where the noise is coming from.
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I can't get that video to play, but creaking while turning the steering wheel can be caused by a number of things, such as, ball joints, strut bushings, steering rack bushings, A-arm bushings, etc.

You will have to do some further diagnosis to determine the area where the noise is coming from.
I'm changing my front brakes tomorrow so I will check out everything while I'm under there.
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So I got under there and took some pictures of the ball joints. They both had a bit of grease around the grease fitting on the bottom so I am hoping that they just need some more. First three are the quiet side and the other three are the creaking side
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Something is not right with your set up man. That castle nut shouldn't be down that far where the cotter pin is basically doing nothing. That nut should really only be snugged up then cotter goes in to keep it from backing off. That thing looks extremely tight.
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I was thinking that seemed kinda off. I'll try loosening it up, shooting some grease in the ball joint and see if it goes away
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I was thinking that seemed kinda off. I'll try loosening it up, shooting some grease in the ball joint and see if it goes away

Be careful, I don't want you to think I want you to loosen that up a ton. I'm thinking those control arms are maybe for a different model? I don't know. But you shouldn't be able to crank that think down like that. The ball joint is tapered. It just seriously shouldn't be like that.
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I agree with Oxford. Something is definitely not right. It's possible that those control arms have the wrong ball joints installed in them.
I wouldn't loosen them until you figure out what is wrong. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but those ball joints look like they are about a half inch too tall for your application.

Do you know who the manufacturer of those control arms is?
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Be careful, I don't want you to think I want you to loosen that up a ton. I'm thinking those control arms are maybe for a different model? I don't know. But you shouldn't be able to crank that think down like that. The ball joint is tapered. It just seriously shouldn't be like that.
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I agree with Oxford. Something is definitely not right. It's possible that those control arms have the wrong ball joints installed in them.
I wouldn't loosen them until you figure out what is wrong. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but those ball joints look like they are about a half inch too tall for your application.

Do you know who the manufacturer of those control arms is?
The k member, a arms, ball joints and coil overs all came from upr as a kit

http://m.uprproducts.com/mustang-pro...er-kit-96.html

More specifically, the a arms and ball joints included in the kit
http://m.uprproducts.com/mustang-pro...-mount-94.html

Apparently it is supposed to be like that. http://forums.corral.net/forums/gt-s...1332565?page=1
It should have washers to fill the gap though
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Just an update, I greased all the bushings and put grease in the ball joints and no more creaking 👍

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Hey that's good news!
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