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Old 11-27-2012, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im back and I missed you all. I hope everyone had a good thanksgiving.

Now on to one of my numerous problems at the moment. My car is making some seriously disturbing creaking, scratching, pulsating, scraping sounds at low speeds. Turning the wheel does not cause the sounds. It's gotten really bad now that the weather is cold. The car has 8XXXX miles on it.

I have the urge to put grease on the suspension components, but thought i'd ask first.
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Has this problem 6 months ago, I needed new steering control arms, (still made it even if I Ddnt turn) and rear struts. Also iircc new cv joints


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If the noise is coming from the front, it's most likely the lower control arms, and more specifically, one or more of the ball joints.

The ball joints aren't servicable, you'll have to replace the entire control arm - the front lower control arms are the ones that usually go first.
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Does the noise get worse with cold? Go away after hot?
Where is it coming from specifically? Describe the noise better.

Put a stethoscope to the wheel hubs/control arms/ect...if you can, or pay $30 for Firestone to diagnose the source.
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I've had SPC ball joints installed for a year. The noise is a combination of multiple sounds.

The first sound was a pulsating mechanical pinging sound coming from the passenger front wheel that happens at low speed. The frequency of the sound is related to my speed and has been happening for weeks.

Then there is a creaking/scraping sound that is audible at low speed, like a creaky matress. It started last week, when the weather got really cold.

I didn't know firestone will diagnose noises for $30. I'll look into that. It sounds like the culprit are either cv joints, bushings or contol arms?
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I've had SPC ball joints installed for a year. The noise is a combination of multiple sounds.

The first sound was a pulsating mechanical pinging sound coming from the passenger front wheel that happens at low speed. The frequency of the sound is related to my speed and has been happening for weeks.

Then there is a creaking/scraping sound that is audible at low speed, like a creaky matress. It started last week, when the weather got really cold.

I didn't know firestone will diagnose noises for $30. I'll look into that. It sounds like the culprit are either cv joints, bushings or contol arms?
I can bet the first sound is your wheel bearing. If you put the car on 4 jack stands and have it in 1st gear with wheels off the ground you can then diagnose if the bearing is the culprit (again stethoscope to the resue).

I am very certain your other noise is the PMM, I had the exact same issue. Replaced it with the anchor 9182 (IIRC) for cheap off rockauto, and all well now, in additon to shifting being back where it used to. Take out your PMM and see if you can move the center peg, see the video I took as an example.
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Yeah my pmm failed. Felt terrible for clutch brakes and weird noises creaking rattle at shut off. New pmm new car.
There was a sweet/rotten egg smell associated though. Although I'm sure it could fail without the smell.
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