The only parts on the front end that remain and that I haven't replaced with new parts are the passenger side CV shaft and the rack and pinion. I just changed the inner tie rods rather than the whole rack.
I haven't noticed any further jerking to one side, so I'm guessing the inner tie rods fixed that problem.
However, I'm still noticing a creaking sound from the front end. Just so I'm clear it is not a squeek like a high pitch noise but rather it sounds like someone stepping on a wooden board and it is about to snap in half. Like someone walking up the steps of a really old house.
It occurs when the car first starts rolling or is about to come to a complete stop and somtimes when I turn the wheel. Obviously it seems something is making noise from the torque of the car moving back and forth.
I can put the car in gear and as soon as I let off the brake real slow you'll hear what sounds like something is having torque applied to it and once the car is in a free roll the noise will quit. I can apply the breaks and once the car is about to come to a complete stop you can hear it again until it does fullly stop. Before I replaced the inner tie rods you could hear the creaking torque sound and then a really loud POP but now that the inners are replaced I only hear the creaking sound.
Any ideas? I've replaced so many parts and this car still sounds like something is very wrong. I haven't replaced the CV shaft on the passenger side but will probably do that since I've replaced just about everything else.
I'm out of ideas. I figured once I replaced so many parts I would eventually find the culprit. Though I have noticed several improvements from changing parts I am still hearing a noise that sounds real bad.
I would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 7:34 PM