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James C. Reeves

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 12:46 pm
Post subject: Current Model Sebring/Stratus - Front-End "Creaking" Sound?
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2004 Sebring LXi Sedan (currently at 4400 miles). Perhaps this is normal since
my wife's 2003 Stratus (currently at 13,300 miles) makes the same sound. Both
have made the sound since new. When turning to the right into a driveway or
parking space, there is a noticeable creaking sound from the front suspension
heard from both inside and outside the car. I drive fairly gently, so it isn't
a "hard" turn. Dealer has checked the suspension components and applied
lubrication...nothing seems to help (on either car). They also say they have
been unable to reproduce the noise. I'm about ready to write it off as a
"normal" noise for this design of the car...it's just a little annoying.
Although my wife says she hasn't noticed it...she drives "harder" than I do and
I don't notice it either when she drives. Anyway, anyone else out there
experienced this?

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Glenn Shaw

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:45 pm
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James C. Reeves wrote:

 > 2004 Sebring LXi Sedan (currently at 4400 miles). Perhaps this is normal since
 > my wife's 2003 Stratus (currently at 13,300 miles) makes the same sound. Both
 > have made the sound since new. When turning to the right into a driveway or
 > parking space, there is a noticeable creaking sound from the front suspension
 > heard from both inside and outside the car. I drive fairly gently, so it isn't
 > a "hard" turn. Dealer has checked the suspension components and applied
 > lubrication...nothing seems to help (on either car). They also say they have
 > been unable to reproduce the noise. I'm about ready to write it off as a
 > "normal" noise for this design of the car...it's just a little annoying.
 > Although my wife says she hasn't noticed it...she drives "harder" than I do and
 > I don't notice it either when she drives. Anyway, anyone else out there
 > experienced this?

Not in a Stratus, but I've been having this problem off and on for the
past couple of years in my '98 Neon. I've also been experiencing the
creaking going over bumps at slow speeds, but that seems to happen only
after I've driven the car over bumpy roads for a while. (The creaking
may also be happening at high speeds, but I can't tell for sure because
of road noise.)

I've taken my Neon to three different mechanics, and none of them were
able to find the problem, much less reproduce the noise.

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Glenn Shaw
Indianapolis, IN USA
1998 Plymouth Neon Highline Sedan
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BeeP

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 3:16 am
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Upper front strut bearings ?
Good Luck.
Bob

"James C. Reeves" wrote in message

 > 2004 Sebring LXi Sedan (currently at 4400 miles). Perhaps this is
normal since
 > my wife's 2003 Stratus (currently at 13,300 miles) makes the same
sound. Both
 > have made the sound since new. When turning to the right into a
driveway or
 > parking space, there is a noticeable creaking sound from the front
suspension
 > heard from both inside and outside the car. I drive fairly gently,
so it isn't
 > a "hard" turn. Dealer has checked the suspension components and
applied
 > lubrication...nothing seems to help (on either car). They also say
they have
 > been unable to reproduce the noise. I'm about ready to write it off
as a
 > "normal" noise for this design of the car...it's just a little
annoying.
 > Although my wife says she hasn't noticed it...she drives "harder"
than I do and
 > I don't notice it either when she drives. Anyway, anyone else out
there
 > experienced this?
 >
 >


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