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Front-end creak on 5000 ...
O Collective Fount Of Wisdom,
Getting off the freeway late Saturday night after an hour-long
drive from the South Bay in my '85 5KT, I suddenly started hearing this
creak (well, it's actually a sort of creak-grind) that seems
to be coming from the left front wheel or thereabouts. After
driving around a bit on Sunday and today, here are my observations:
1. Car must be in motion, > 30 mph.
2. Cannot replicate by "rocking" the car by hand.
3. Happens only on bumps, lasts as long as the bump, but usually
does *not* happen on large "low-frequency" bumps.
Well, this sound isn't exactly confidence-inspiring, especially
since I frequently haul my wife and kid around in this car. As
far as I can tell, it could only be a problem with the following
in order of estimated probability:
2. Lower ball-joint.
3. CV joint.
Any ideas, folks? Poking around, the only thing I could see that
was obviously wrong was a cracked driver's side engine mount, though
I don't see how that could cause such a noise.