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Creaking From Front End

ok since ive been home in ny my truck started making all kinds of creaking noises coming from the passenger side front end, when driving in a straight line it will occasionally do it when you hit a bump, at slower speeds is when it tends to be louder, when the wheel is to the right it seems to make more noise as compared to turning left but it still makes noises going that way, if i drive down the road at about 10-15mph and move the wheel side to side it makes a ton of noise, now i just cant figure out what could possilbly be making the noises, i want to say shocks just cause its easy and somewhat cheap and they have been prob needed to have been replaced for awhile now, im really thinking that being up here in the colder weather is def having an effect on it, if any one has any suggestion on what to spray some wd-40 on or possibly if i have to change out please let me know, thanks.......
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spry some wd-40 on the upper control arms where they bolt to the frame... mine is doing it right now too.

could be sway bar links ?
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spry some wd-40 on the upper control arms where they bolt to the frame... mine is doing it right now too.

could be sway bar links ?
ive done that once already, maybe it just needs alot more, i was looking at the sway bar too, im just not sure, i hate mystery sounds......
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check the lower ball joints too. they can get really noisy. have you tried bouncin on the front of the truck to see if it makes noise parked? that will help locate the noise alot.
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Sorry to hear about the squeek.........

Check your ball joints.
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check the lower ball joints too. they can get really noisy. have you tried bouncin on the front of the truck to see if it makes noise parked? that will help locate the noise alot.
ya ive done this but it doesnt really make that much if any noise....
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when i look at the ball joints they look ok but i dont really know what im looking for.....
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ok so i went to a buddys garage and used his grease gun and put some grease into the lower ball joints with a needle, quieted up things alot, still alittle squeek from time to time but alot better, anyone ever use these needles?? this is def just a temp hold till i get back to va and replace them.....
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you have greaseable ball joints?
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no they are regular ball joints but they have that needle that goes into them to greese regualr ball joints....
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I thinks your truck is just pissed! It want's 35's back!!!!!!
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word, that could def be it, but im too broke to get some nasty mud tires like i want.....
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