Uneven tire wear/front end creaking
Hey everyone, I am having some issues with my 09 mustang.
I bought it back in 11. It came with 18" wheels 215 45 18, the regular tires are 215 65 16.
I am having uneven wear specifically on my front tires, but I rotate my tires routinely so the back are somewhat uneven as well. There is cupping, and feathering.
I have had severe road noise at 20 mph and 45 mps with vibration and rattling and going at a constant speed it sounds like a washing/drying machine.
Recently I have developed a creaking when releasing my break. not a squeak and is not re-producible when pushing down on the front. It seems to get worse when warm out, and not very noisy when its cold and I just started driving. It doesn't happen if I hit the breaks and maintain pressure. It does happen when I am slowing down and almost stopped I slowly let up on the break it causes the creaking. The creaking happens when parked as well.
My breaks are fine 5 in the front, 8 in the back.
I need new tires and I understand that, but I want to get to the cause of the uneven tread wear.
Big O says new shocks and new tires, even though the wheels are the wrong size.
Wheel works says new 16 inch wheels and 16 inch tires will help with a lot of the noise, then I can deal with the creaking...
I researched this problem online and I feel like these signs and symptoms are indicative of a control arm issue? But no one is saying that, everyone just wants to throw new tires on my ride.
Maybe you have had this problem? heard of this problem? Will putting 16s on my ride improve it a lot and stop the uneven wear?
Thank you for your time in reading my post!