This is a lovely car with < 50k miles on it. I had it inspected when I bought it in Feb. The mechanic gave me a full report which I’ve kept. He noted that the front control arm bushings were cracked, which they are.
In the past few months, the car has started making noises. It’s driving me crazy because they seem to come and go whenever they feel like it!
There is a squeak. I think from the front, but hard to tell. First I only heard it when I turned. A few months later, I heard it constantly. Very loud, easily heard inside the vehicle. Immediately stops when I press the brake, stops quickly when I press the accelerator. I jacked the car up to look. When I took it down the noise had gone away completely.
There is a shush-shush, rattling noise. Like shaking a piggy-bank. It started after the first time I jacked the car up, quite loud, all the time the wheel is moving (doesn’t matter what direction). It gradually went away. Next time I jacked the car up (see the squeaking noise ^) it came back, but seems to be fading again.
There is a knocking. It happens when turning left. Knocks repeatedly for the whole turn, not only once. Makes me think of someone clicking their tongue.
What could this be?
The boot on the CV joint looks brand new. The front tires have a lot of lateral play, which people say is a bad tie rod, but the boots on the tie rods aren’t cracked. The dust plate behind my rotors are badly rusted and bent in, but the rotors and pads are great. There isn’t any roaring like a bad wheel bearing. There’s no thudding when I go over bumps.