Creaky '11 EL

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  1. Kjhawkeye1

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    Hi everyone - as the title says I have a creaky 2011 EL.

    Every turn around a corner or bump in the road the truck just creaks. It is a stock suspension that is not driven hard or on rough roads. Any ideas of what it might be? When I take it to the shop they don't notice anything wrong. It is definitely outside the vehicle as I can hear it when I get it or out, but also while I'm driving.

    Many thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have.
     
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    I would definitely look into the lower ball joints. They just get worse and worse until it pops out the socket. A friend of mine has done it twice on two Panther platform(Crown Vic & Town Car) cars and finally learned his lesson. Try to avoid turning the steering wheel all the way in until repaired. I can only imagine the strain on the ball joint with the weight of these vehicles.
     
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    Trainmaster Old School Member

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    You can also try spraying the control arm and sway bar bushings with kerosene or silicone. They sometimes dry out and make noise. But I'd definitely look at those ball joints as Drae says!
     
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    Your sounds kinda different but similar. I've had the front suspension link break on 2 Expeditions. It would make a noise when turning into my driveway going through the gutter. Easy enough to check and confirm.

     
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    Thank you for the suggestions Will report back when I find out more
     
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    Just noticed you said "It is definitely outside the vehicle as I can hear it when I get it or out, but also while I'm driving".

    It creaks when you get in or out?
    Can you rock the Truck and hear it?
    Shocks?
     
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    I can and now that it is getting warmer out (vs - 30) it doesn't appear to be as bad but still creaky.
     
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    My sway bar mid point bushings were squeaking like crazy last winter when my fat rear end would clump in. Bushing were still good but dry, added some grease to those and the end link bushings. Roughly a year later and still not a sound since.

    My bad ball joint squeaked when turning the wheel and not climbing in but still worth a look
     
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    Will grease things up and still have the ball joints looked at. Thank you!
     
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    Ball joints can be checked by putting a big ass pry bar or pipe under tire, and rock upwards. Obviously it has to be on stands. Use an assistant, easier to observe movement in lower and upper joints.

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