Q: Creaking behind front driverside wheel

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Creaking behind front driverside wheel when driving over bumps or turning steering wheel while parked

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Creaking in the front suspension can come from a number of worn suspension components. Most typically may be from ball joints, either lower or upper. Ball joints connect the control arms to the wheel hub, allowing the wheel to maintain proper alignment both in up and down movement over bumps, as well as when turning left and right. Over time and mileage, the grease inside the ball joints dry up, causing metal to metal contact inside the ball joint, typically causing noise at first. other possibilities are bushings located in the control arms, or the sway bar bushings. These bushings can be rubber or polyurethane. As they age, they dry, harden, and crack.

Since there are so many components in the front suspension that can cause this situation, have a certified technician inspect the suspension for the creaking noise to isolate the exact cause. .

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