99 Taurus steering noise - Thanks for any help!

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#1

I?ve had my 99 Taurus for 3+ years now and it makes a creaking noise when I turn (hear it mostly when going very slow). I brought it to my trusted mechanic who told me older Taurus? make such noises and I have no reason to worry and greased up the ball joints for me (so I remember it going 2 years back). So for years I didn?t worry ? had him check it once again, no problem.



No problem - until last week when I went to get my annual inspection (I live in MA) and I failed because of a ?loose front end.? Now I begged and pleaded with the guy telling him my mechanic has tested it out several times, but there was a line of people waiting and he could care.



I am a poor college student and really don?t want to get new ball joints/tie rods if I don?t have to. Can my mechanic just grease it up again or tighten something up to get me through my inspection (unfortunately my mechanic doesn?t do inspections) or will I need to get the work done? Should I try a less strict inspection shop or now that my car has the ?R? for rejection red flag will I have a harder time? How much does such work usually go for? Thanks for any and all advice.

#2

If the front end parts are worn you have no option but to replace them. Worn front end parts are a safety issue, which is why the car failed inspection. Fix it or walk.