Creaking front end noise

Tiny
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I have a strange creaking noise coming the front of my car. It is only during light braking at low speeds. But when I make hard stops there is no sound that is heard. I only hear the sound when I am braking lightly at low speeds. I am thinking is warped front rotors but I am not sure. If I am cruising at a low speed there is not any sound until I hit the brakes lightly. I recently replaced rear rotors and pads so I am thinking that my front brakes need to be changed. Thanks for the help.
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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 AT 2:29 AM

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Tiny
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Time for an inspection at a tire and alignment shop. In particular it sounds like you could be describing lower control arm bushings. The rubber part can make a creaking noise when it slides slowly on a metal part and has weight on it, but they are often quiet when they slide quickly as in over bigger bumps at higher speeds. Often you just cannot hear them at higher speeds.

Inner anti-sway bar bushings can squeak too but they will have less tendency to do that when driving straight ahead. There is only tension on them when the steering system is turned to one side. Lower ball joints can make noise when they are worn. It is indeed possible for front brake rotors to cause a crunching noise but that almost always happens right after a low-cost brake job or one that is done by an inexperienced mechanic who has not learned the many tricks used to prevent those noises. A warped rotor can cause a brake caliper to slide back and forth on its mount. That is why those mounts are designed that way, but if the special grease wears off or was not applied during a brake job, you might hear the rubber inserts sliding over the mounting bolts. That will make more noise during braking when there is more force on those bolts, but if the rotors are warped bad enough to cause that kind of noise, you would notice a shimmy in the steering wheel or feel a pulsation in the brake pedal.
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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 AT 4:27 AM
Tiny
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Try reversing slowly and if you hear the noise, it is the brake pad wear indicator that is brushing against the rotor, indicating the pads are due for replacement.

It could also be due to uneven wear of the rotor, especially at the edges that is emitting the noise when the pads are not in full contact.

Get the brakes checked.
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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 AT 6:31 PM
Tiny
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Thanks I will try that. I appreciate your help!
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Friday, January 13th, 2012 AT 1:15 AM
Tiny
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Solved: I tried lubing but it did not work, new pads, etc. But what worked is when I took the caliper off, pumped the brake lightly while someone put pressure on the caliper with a shoe and a C clamp, then pushed the caliper all the way back in with the c clamp and brake shoe. That stopped my creaking. I guess the caliper piston was offset or something.
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Saturday, September 9th, 2017 AT 5:33 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the update. There are many possibilities and you have just encountered one that you were able to solve by this method. You should check the slider bolts for sticking which would cause problem to recur if they are not moving smoothly.
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Saturday, September 9th, 2017 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
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My car makes a "popping" noise that sounds like it is coming from the front end when I turn in and out of parking lots, driving over small bumps, when making left/right hand turns. What could possibly be making this noise? My husband has checked everything possible and cannot find the problem. The noise is only getting worse and more and more often. Please Help.
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Donna
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Friday, April 27th, 2018 AT 8:33 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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Have your husband look at the CV boots. I would venture to guess that a close look will reveal that one or more of them is torn and the grease they retain is gone. It is highly likely that a CV axle is in need of replacement. Not too bad of a job for the do-it-yourselfer.
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Friday, April 27th, 2018 AT 8:33 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Replace front sway bar links (both sides).
Replace front sway bar bushing ( both sides).

Fixed the noise on my car.
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Friday, April 27th, 2018 AT 8:33 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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I have front end noises on my car and I am sure it is not the CV joints. I know exactly how that sounds when they are going bad. Originally the noise happened only when braking, and the Honda dealer told me it was the brake pads sliding back and forth. I believe it is something else, I hear the noise every time I drive over railroad tracks, or rough and uneven pavement. It almost sounds like something is loose in the suspension, and it makes a dull knocking noise, and it keeps getting worse.

I was told that I need to replace my rotors because they are almost under sized, but I do not believe they would make noises because of that.
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Friday, April 27th, 2018 AT 8:33 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hi there,

This can often be a faulty valve in the suspension strut, when they start to leak they can knock over rough roads. Also, have the ball joints checked and the strut top pivot plates, strut there.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Friday, April 27th, 2018 AT 8:33 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Okay, thanks,

I will have it checked out. If this is the case, am I looking at an expensive repair? What would be the repair solution; replacing the struts?
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Friday, April 27th, 2018 AT 8:33 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Yes, replacing the struts would be the solution. There is no repair for the struts. After market struts for the front are about $150.00 each plus labor.
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Friday, April 27th, 2018 AT 8:33 AM (Merged)

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