While turning in either direction during low speed parking lot maneuvers, if a creaking, squawking, squeaking, grinding, or groaning sound is heard from the front strut area, locate the front strut dust boot and rotate the dust boot side to side. If the sound is present, applying lubricant to the jounce bumper (bump stop) of both front struts can help with the noise.
Average mileage: 126,750 (30,000–209,000)
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i have the same problem, a groaning sound like an old boat when I turn at low speeds in either direction. I will try lubricating the struts to see if it helps.
I changed the rack & pinion, lower ball joints, added pwr steering cooler line and then-- I had the upper strut mounting caps (with bearings) replaced and the noise went away !!
will now lube the struts to stop the noise