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Old 12-23-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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Suspension issue?

I'm driving around today doing some Christmas shopping. I noticed a creaking sort of sound on the passenger side tire area. Happens with any kind of movement. Turning, accelerating and braking. Any ideas on what might cause this. Oh, its a 2001 GT Convertible

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Old 12-27-2015, 12:59 PM   #2
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Could be a body or control arm bushing in need of replacement.


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Old 12-28-2015, 11:50 AM   #3
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Front or back?


And honestly if everything is stock from 2001 I'd be looking to overhaul all my control arms, bushings, endlinks etc...
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It's the front. I haven't had the car long so I guess I should just assume none of that stuff was done

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Sounds like a ball joint.

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I would say it sounds like a ball joint. Mine would creek too before i got them replaced.

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x10 on the balljoint if that's the symptoms and its coming from a front wheel. Get the Steeda X2 units and if you want to get 1/2" drop install them without the spacers. You'll need an alignment anyway with new balljoints so might as well. Also do both sides when you do it because the other one will start making noise soon most likely.


It would also be a good time to replace the A arm bushings which don't last forever in these cars. If you have any sort of steering wheel shake or pulsing on the highway its a safe bet the A arm bushings are dry rotted.
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Thanks for all of the info guys. I'll have all of that checked out

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I used Moog ball joints in mine, they are good too but not quite as good as the Steeda X2s, especially if you are or plan to lower your car. I wish I would have known of these at the time, i would have ordered them instead to get the extra 1/2" drop. The extra 1/2" on the front of my car would make a big difference to me as ive never been super happy with my front drop.

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I used Moog ball joints in mine, they are good too but not quite as good as the Steeda X2s, especially if you are or plan to lower your car. I wish I would have known of these at the time, i would have ordered them instead to get the extra 1/2" drop. The extra 1/2" on the front of my car would make a big difference to me as ive never been super happy with my front drop.

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Well that's just an excuse to pull the A arms to change the balljoints to the better ones. And then if you are going to pull the A arms you might as well upgrade them to tubular. And if you are doing that you might as well convert to coilovers. And doing that you might as well just buy the whole entire front Max Motorsports K member/A arm/coilover kit so you don't have to remove anything twice.

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Just a heads up, thought my squeak was balljoints, turns out it was outer tie rod end. Lots of squeaky component possibilities, including notorious steering rack sleeve

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As old as these cars are now, all that stuff is going to start to fail if they are drivers even if the car is well maintained.
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Let us know what you find out.
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Thanks for all the info. You guys are great. Unfortunately, I'm the furthest thing from a mechanic so I'll probably have to take it somewhere to be looked at

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Did you check the stabilizer bushings, or even the LCA


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I didn't. I'm the furthest thing from a mechanic. I wouldn't even know what I am looking for

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Let us know when u get it checked out


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