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Old 09-23-2019, 01:59 PM   #1
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Creaking noice -SOLVED!

My Box developed a creaking/cracking noice in the driver side front.

If I go forward and brake firm, it creaks once, quite loud. If I continue forward, no more noice when braking. Then, if I put it in reverse, brake firm, the exact same sound, once.. So, it's like something is shifting position, goes back vs forward.

I put some.. ok here it comes... Some nail polish (hey, it's a girl-car..) over certain suspects to see if it cracks, but still no luck. Reassembled the brakes, new caliper bolts, proper tourque. Any ideas? It,s pretty loud and is heard from outside, I believe I can actually feel it in the steering wheel.


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Old 09-23-2019, 06:25 PM   #2
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It's probably the ball joint, which means replacing the lower control arms.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:10 PM   #3
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It's probably the ball joint, which means replacing the lower control arms.
The LCA was replaced this spring with oem GT3-arms, so it should really not be defective so soon. I hope..
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:42 PM   #4
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Have you checked your front brakes? Loose caliper bolts? Pad mounting hardware allowing the pads to clunk around in the caliper? You'd think that a creaking noise wouldn't be brakes, it would be a clunk, but it's easy to check.
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Have you checked your front brakes? Loose caliper bolts? Pad mounting hardware allowing the pads to clunk around in the caliper? You'd think that a creaking noise wouldn't be brakes, it would be a clunk, but it's easy to check.
The pads where changed one month ago. Did take the brakes apart yesterday, didnīt notice anything strange, bought new caliper bolts and torqued those to spec.

Wishbone is not moving in relation to LCA-casterpuck (according to the nail polish), the wishbone is old, so the balljoint end might be a suspect.

When the wheels are braking, the wishbone takes the load from the LCA, but I guess the steering rods/steering rack takes the load from the wheels (other ways they would turn) so maybe this is also something to look into.

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Old 09-25-2019, 04:21 AM   #6
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Racer Boy was spot on, thanks!!!

When I lubed the pads (rear and sides) with copper paste the sound went away! So obviously the pads did move a mm or so. Happy times!
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Glad you found the problem, and it was an easy and cheap fix!

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