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Old 26 Dec 2012, 07:47 pm
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Default creaking noises on a 1995 Honda Civic DX coupe?

The car has 84k on odometer but the condition of the car leads me to believe it might be more - there's a lot of rust in the engine compartment.

The good is that the engine runs well and the transmission shifts fine. I am trying to figure out what's the cause of the creaking noise I'm hearing constantly.

I hear it when turning either direction (especially sharp turns). I also hear it every time I accelerate from a stop. It sounds like loud creaking.

I took it by the mechanic that I know and he put it on the lift. He took off the tires and shook the wheel hubs in different directions. When he shook the front ones left-to-right, it rattled, which he said meant the front lower control arms need to be replaced.

Would the control arms be the sole cause of this creaking noise? He said the struts were OK. If I have the car parked and push down on the front sides of the car, I don't hear any noises. It's only when turning or accelerating from a stop.

Can I just replace the bushings and ball joints on the control arm instead of the whole control arm? Also, would there be anything else to look at that might be bad? I want to get it all done in one shot because I need to get an alignment after.

I was reading about the stabilizer bar bushings being a cause of this creaking - could that be the case? Are there any other easy tests I can do myself to diagnose better what would be the cause?

I agree the car isn't worth to put a lot of work into, but I would just like to get it to condition where I can drive unworried.
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Old 26 Dec 2012, 08:01 pm
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I would start with the control arms as you already know these are bad. What did your mechanic say about the creaking? Didn't you ask him?

Hard saying what is is going to take to get an 18 year old beater to drive correctly. You could easily spend more money than this old beater is worth fixing it up. And in the end, it really isn't worth any more money. What you spend in repairs does not correlate to what the car is worth.
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Old 26 Dec 2012, 08:18 pm
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check the rear trailing arm bushings..
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Old 26 Dec 2012, 08:31 pm
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The rust could be that the vehicle is from a northern state like Michigan where they use salt on the roads in winter because it is mined there. 84,000 miles on a Honda is nothing. If you can stand the ugliness of the rust, I say fix it. Drive train wise it will last you another 50,000 miles easily. (My opinion)

If your ball joints are bad, you will never make them pop or squeak by pushing on the fender. The vehicle must be jacked up to physically move the wheel. You can replace the ball joint separately from the control arm. It does require a special tool to remove and install them. Since you have been experiencing the front end noise it would be a good idea to remove the lower control arm to give you a chance to change the bushings. The bushings on the sway bar can be changed any time.

Look at is the CV axles. If the boots are cracked and leaking grease, replace them. They are probably causing the noise when you turn and accelerate from a stop. If you are doing the lower control arms, the time for the opportunity is now.

If you are mechanically inclined it is not a hard job to do. It would be best if you could do it in a heated garage considering the time of year. The worse part is taking off the big axle nut. You will need a 1/2" break bar with the socket for the nut and a piece of pipe to assist in turning the nut.

If you would like assistance via email, I would gladly help you. Just email me. Good luck. Just reference the question's link in the email.
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