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Old 04-19-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default More creaking front end noises.

I know there are a lot of front end noises on this thread but I haven't been here in a long time and am not on the compter much these days so I thought I would throw it out there quick. 04 Vue, I get these creeking noises when I turn the wheel left or right, just started, 55k. Bottom line is what's it gonna cost me. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-20-2008, 12:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

Most likely strut upper bearings. No repair required until the struts are replaced, then figure on replacing the mounts/bearings. Aftermarket ones cost from $40 to $80 each.

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Old 04-20-2008, 04:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

Is there a way to quiet this for a while? A little silicone spray or something?

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Old 04-25-2008, 08:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

Anybody? I have to do a brake job tomorrow and will have the wheels off anyway. In the past week the creeking has really gotten annoying.

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Old 04-25-2008, 09:03 AM   #5
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

I guess you could grease the crap out of it, but that would involve taking off the strut anyway. I would bite the bullet and replace what needs to be replaced. If the issue is in fact a strut bearing or mount. The strut bearing/mount issue also makes noise on bumps.

Keep in mind that some people who experience creaking, only when turning the wheel, have a noisy steering boot where the shaft goes through the firewall. The boot just needs to be lubricated with a rubber/plastic friendly lube.

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Old 04-25-2008, 09:05 AM   #6
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

I've come to understand that most Vue owner's carry a tube of dielectric grease in their pocket. Everything in the Vue creaks at some point. The dielectric grease is excellent for creaky door seals among other things.

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Old 04-25-2008, 09:11 AM   #7
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

Before I did anything else I would remove one of the sway bar links and see if the noise goes away. I had a clunking that I was attributing to the strut bearing but when the SB link got creaky and I removed it the clunk went away also. This is an easy and relatively quick check to do. I can remove mine by just turning the whee to the opposite lock of the side I need to work on. Plus if the clunk comes bac once the new end is on I'll know its the SB mounts.

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Old 05-02-2008, 01:16 PM   #8
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

I had a 2004 VUE with the same problems. The front bushings and sway bar links was the problem. The grease in those bushings dries out. And there is no way to re-grease them. What I did, suggested from another post, was pierce the boot with a small pin. Then stick the small red tub that usually comes with spray cans or CRC cans. Do not use WD40 or liquid wrench. They just remove the grease. Fix the problem. Depending on your driving you will need to do this a couple times a year or just get the bushing replaced.

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Old 05-02-2008, 02:42 PM   #9
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I had a 2004 VUE with the same problems. The front bushings and sway bar links was the problem. The grease in those bushings dries out. And there is no way to re-grease them. What I did, suggested from another post, was pierce the boot with a small pin. Then stick the small red tub that usually comes with spray cans or CRC cans. Do not use WD40 or liquid wrench. They just remove the grease. Fix the problem. Depending on your driving you will need to do this a couple times a year or just get the bushing replaced.
Nice idea! Possibly spray lithium grease. I seen the cans with small tube also...

Home Depot and boat supply places sell it.

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Old 05-03-2008, 10:17 PM   #10
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I did my links this way... lasted about a month. If anyone finds a lubricant that will last longer please post it.

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Old 05-07-2008, 10:31 AM   #11
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

I did the spray lithium white grease in the spray can on the upper struts from under the hood into those little holes. Gotta spray the crap out of it in there, and the creeking noise is gone. Struts are fine other than this noise. This will be my creeking fix until the struts go bad.

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Old 05-07-2008, 12:15 PM   #12
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

I think the spray lithium grease works best since you can get it all over the place in there...did mine 6 months ago, nice & quiet now

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Old 05-07-2008, 12:24 PM   #13
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Default Re: More creaking front end noises.

Update on my creaking issue.

Put aftermarket sway bar end links in. Quiet and driving like new for about a week. Noise started up that I thought must be the strut bearings. I brought the car to a dealer and dicovered that the aftermarket links are not exactly correct. The only difference I could see was the aftermarket ones were steel, OEM were aluminum and slightly shorter. They put in OEM end links. The noise is gone.

The OEM links are cheaper.

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Old 05-07-2008, 12:31 PM   #14
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New Struts plus labor....hundreds of dollars.
Can of white lithium spray grease....1.49.
Driving down the road with no noise.......Priceless.


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Old 05-07-2008, 01:01 PM   #15
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I've come to understand that most Vue owner's carry a tube of dielectric grease in their pocket. Everything in the Vue creaks at some point. The dielectric grease is excellent for creaky door seals among other things.
That and a can of white lithium grease and you're good to go....quietly

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Update on my creaking issue.

Put aftermarket sway bar end links in. Quiet and driving like new for about a week. Noise started up that I thought must be the strut bearings. I brought the car to a dealer and dicovered that the aftermarket links are not exactly correct. The only difference I could see was the aftermarket ones were steel, OEM were aluminum and slightly shorter. They put in OEM end links. The noise is gone.

The OEM links are cheaper.
What brand of aftermarket links are no good?

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