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Old 02-11-2011, 05:23 PM
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I hate to start a new thread but I'm working out all the kinks that seem to be showing up in my truck. Just today I have started hearing a creaking noise all of a sudden coming from somewhere under my truck when I'm turning. I've checked the power steering resevoir and it appears good and full(and red?). I just hooked up a sound system this week and maybe the extra alternator pull is affecting the belt? Have no clue! It disturbs me that my truck sounds like this and don't want it to crap out on me. What should I do guys?
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:40 PM
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ever replaced ball joints?
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:52 PM
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ever replaced ball joints?
Never have but I always thought that ball joints had to do with suspension. Then again I haven't heard a whole lot about them. But why all of a sudden? The onlyproblem I've ever had before that was just a slight 'whirring' when I turned. I thought that was just normal power steering function though. But now I've got this creaking problem.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:17 PM
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Thanks for the comment. Anywyay it could be something besides the ball joints? I'm completely clueless...
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Im pretty stumped on this, does it sound like its suspension?
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:58 PM
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Im pretty stumped on this, does it sound like its suspension?
I'm not entirely sure what suspension sounds like. it sounds like it is coming from the front end. Down low. Maybe near the wheels but I'm not 100% on that though. Also today after turning my radio down and listening closely I thought I heard creaking coming from under the cab along with the front end noise... sounds scary. I don't want my ranger to die yet! Help me save her before she goes cripple guys. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:59 PM
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throwing any codes?
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:01 PM
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What exactly does it sound like??? Does it sound like its clicking like a popping sound and does it only do it when you turn??? Or does it do it when your driving all the time?
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:40 PM
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Engine light is not on so I've not got the ecu checked. Will it still throw codes? The sound really only comes when I turn slowly, ie; turning at lights, backing out of driveway,etc. When I'm changing lanes it doesn't really make noise, really only after I cut the steering wheel a time or two. It sounds like a creaky Old door opening...sort of low pitched though. Wish I could describe it better. Thanks for the responses guys.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:45 PM
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Bearings maybe?
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:13 PM
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Engine light is not on so I've not got the ecu checked. Will it still throw codes? The sound really only comes when I turn slowly, ie; turning at lights, backing out of driveway,etc. When I'm changing lanes it doesn't really make noise, really only after I cut the steering wheel a time or two. It sounds like a creaky Old door opening...sort of low pitched though. Wish I could describe it better. Thanks for the responses guys.
Sounds like cv axles.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:54 AM
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tie rods check the boots and look for grease leaks. they might just be worn already and its time to change them

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Old 02-14-2011, 03:05 AM
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Its pretty ridiculous trying to diagnose a sound that you can't hear, so anything that someone on this forum tells you is nothing but a guess, and more importantly a waste of time for you and theirs, although, ball joints is a pretty good guess, based on what you have written.
If you want to learn how to maintain your truck, first get a Chilton's manual or Ford service manual.
These aren't a cure-all, but it will tell you how to diagnose and fix many problems, give you pictures and diagrams, as well as the all important torque values for connectors.
This and other forums are a good addition to the basic info in a manual, and once you have the problem figured out, you can ask for guidance on how best to go about fixing it.
Steering/suspension is not something to play with, but at the same time, not too complicated for someone to learn how to fix.
You going to need to jack up the truck, place it on jack stands, and start checking individual components.
It will be a big help if you have someone along to help.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:40 PM
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@ douchezone: thanks for the helpful yet snarky feedback. I guess I'll take the truck to a mechanic and keep in mind some of the suggestions on what may be damaged when he gives me a diagnoses. That's really what I wanted so I could have a slight idea of what's going on before the mechanic tries to fool me or anything. Thanks to all of you guys and hope you had good luck with your significant others today.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:32 AM
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@ douchezone: thanks for the helpful yet snarky feedback. I guess I'll take the truck to a mechanic and keep in mind some of the suggestions on what may be damaged when he gives me a diagnoses. That's really what I wanted so I could have a slight idea of what's going on before the mechanic tries to fool me or anything. Thanks to all of you guys and hope you had good luck with your significant others today.
MrO, grow a pair son.

Sorry if good honest feedback is hard for you to understand.

BTW, only a fool would go to a mechanic that they couldn't trust.

Wont waste my time on you in the future.

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