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Q: Driving over dips in the road, I hear a creaking noise from the rear suspension. on 2002 Toyota Corolla

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I did not know there were ball joints for the rear wheels. I looked at a diagram and I only saw something called a "knuckle" and 2 arms to control movement. Is the "knuckle" the same as a ball joint?
Knuckle is not the same , but you should inspect ALL bushings/pivot points for wear and binding. Replace or lube as appropriate. Lubing may only be appropriate for diagnostics/isolating source of noise on certain items. When in doubt replace failed/worn part.
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