For about the last week, I have been hearing a creaking noise (similar to a horror movie door creak) in the front end; while slow steering, lock to lock, with Jeep not rolling. When rolling, all is quiet as long as I am not sharp turning at slow speed.
I am running the TeraFlex Steering Flip and Brace with no issues for about 2 years. Also have Redneck Ram Hydro-assist and Rock Krawler HD Tie Rod.
Early yesterday morning I sprayed each area of the steering with silicon spray hoping to find/ quiet the creak; no luck.
Last night I was not able to pinpoint the creaking sound by ear. I did learn that the lower control arm links, at the axle were dry and have some play in the joints. Normal to see some play?? I stepped on the tie rod and the axle flexs back slightly; some of the creak sound could be heard. I dropped them and lubed the hell out of them. Shot silicon lube in the frame side mounts as well.
I tightened trackbar, brackets and all steering bolts; nothing was loose but I gave them all I had. No visible cracks or rust on any brackets. Tie rod ends have movement; they are shot. I have new ones ready to go on, just waiting for Daystar Tie Rod End Dust Boots to arrive this week.
Checked and sprayed the steering shaft at the firewall. I do have a hose clamp on it to prevent the slippage issue. No change in the creaking at all. Actually seems to be getting louder.
I jacked the front wheels off the ground and checked for top to bottom play. Driver side is tight; zero play. Passenger side has some slight movement.
Today I will give the shocks a few more turns with a wrench; praying that will make a change.
I am stumped.
Last edited by Bubblegoose1; 05-18-2011 at 12:28 PM.