Today my front passenger strut started creaking when it moved up or down? I just washed it and maybe the lubricant came off, but i have also just installed my new wheels and maybe they have beat it to death?? Anybody have input?
Most likely the upper strut mounts (spring seat). I bought mine from FCP Groton for less than half of what the dealer charged and am very happy with them. Creaking noise has disappeared completely. http://fcpgroton.com/volvo850shocks.htm
Inner tie rods don't "creak". If they make any noise at all, they "clunk" like a sway bar end
Not true JRL. I have done many that were creaking due to dry joints.
You hear them when you push on the car up and down.
Customers hear them when going slow over speed bumps.
When they get loose they clunk true. But if the joint dries out they creak.
It's unlikely to be the spring seat on a '97. The spring seat issue was revised before then. But it could be a worn or loose upper mount.
Be sure that it's coming from the strut area. Stabilizer bar mounts can develop creaking noises as well.
You can diagnose some bushing creaks using WD-40, which won't hurt anything and will temporarily silence things long enough to pinpoint the culprit. Just don't spray it into the upper mount bearing or underneath joint boots.
A '97, likely w/ over 100k on the clock?....may be 1 or more of these, if none have been previously addressed...never hurts to replace the mounts anyway, & they can be a relatively inexpensive fix. Good luck.
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