Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

creaking noise...you think its shocks/struts?

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Vikram, January 11, 2015.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^





  1. Vikram

    Vikram New Member

    Joined:
    November 14, 2014
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1995 Ford Explorer XLT 4W
    been noticing this a lot lately...when im driving the car constantly makes a creaking/squeaking noise as it just drives over regular roads and moves with the surface...also someitmes when I turn left hard it makes a scraping noise from the front left (i assume the car is leaning down and the tire is rubbing.)

    Im thinking shocks and struts need to be replaced, what do you think?

    95 explorer with 68 thousand miles atm and I think the shocks/struts are still stock.

    here is a video of me displaying the noise as I lean against the car.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ00MWheW3M
     
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.



  3. SoNic67

    SoNic67 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    January 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,053
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Newport News, VA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2001 V8 (Eddie Bauer) AWD
    Shocks might be due for replacement but they usually don't make noises.
    Bushings can do that noise, especially sway bar links and bushings (the way you press one side only - affects the sway bar the most).
     
    Last edited: January 11, 2015
  4. Flash

    Flash Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    July 5, 2004
    Messages:
    1,799
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Brisbane Australia
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1997 Limited
    Probably the sway bar mount bushes and or the sway bar links.
    Or the control arm bushes.

    Spray some soapy water on the bushes one at a time to see if it shuts them up.

    Do not not spray rubber with oil.
     
  5. MAS Tequila

    MAS Tequila Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    October 6, 2013
    Messages:
    589
    Media:
    2
    Likes Received:
    58
    Trophy Points:
    38
    City, State:
    Boca Raton FL
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2000 Mounty 4WD 5.0
    You have a bad ball joint.

    Mine did the same thing, and it turned out to be the lower passenger side ball joint.

    MT
     
  6. Vikram

    Vikram New Member

    Joined:
    November 14, 2014
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1995 Ford Explorer XLT 4W
    damn that's what i hate about suspension problems, there are sooo many components that give similar issues when they go bad it's really hard to know what is wrong :(
     
  7. swshawaii

    swshawaii Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    April 3, 2009
    Messages:
    9,306
    Likes Received:
    317
    Trophy Points:
    93
    City, State:
    Kailua-Oahu, Hawaii
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '05 Sport Trac XLS (RWD)
    Ditto. The noise sounds like dry or worn sway bar frame bushings. Inspect ALL rubber parts that contact metal.
    Lift the tires off the ground using stands under the LCA's or find a shop that offers free detailed front inspections.
     
  8. joe doe

    joe doe Active Member

    Joined:
    April 10, 2003
    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    City, State:
    slatington,pa
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2000 ex sport 4.0 ohv
    could be control arm bushings too . they seem to make the most noise like that when they go bad .
     
  9. MuddinMounty

    MuddinMounty New Member

    Joined:
    January 14, 2015
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Butler, AL
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2000 Mercury Mountaineer
    I've had a lot of experience with the same situation. I'm leaning towards ball joints.
     
  10. masospaghetti

    masospaghetti Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    October 22, 2006
    Messages:
    1,272
    Media:
    6
    Likes Received:
    52
    Trophy Points:
    58
    City, State:
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    98 XLT, OHV, 4D, 4x4, 5M
    I can't watch the video but I DO know that worn ball joints make a really loud creaky sound when just driving down the road.
     

Share This Page







We Support Our Troops!