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I am also now having a noisey creaking sound coming from my front end while turning. It only really occurs after a long while of driving. Mechanics have also checked out ball joints, replaced the control arms, and replaced the rack and pinion. Everyone tells me that ball joints would always be noisy and that bearings and bushings would also be noisey at all times from start to finish. So what is the answer. Perhaps you know. But here is one possibility that I hope works...

If you let the car completely cool down for a few hours then start it up you probably will not hear any creaking noise. However, if you let the car sit for about 45 min to 1 hour, suddenly the noise comes back. What does this mean since the car has been sitting and no stress has occurred on any parts ? The thought is that it is not exactly suspension but it must be either the P.S. pump (which it is not) or the rack and pinion. In my case we believe that the rack and pinion is in fact a defective/rebuilt aftermarket. It is the only possibility unless someone else can think of another possibility. As the fluids heat up, the rack heats up and the piston inside then starts to make noise. A previous member noticed that the noise went away in the rain. Perhaps the water kept the rack cool. Who knows. Any comments are welcome and I will let you know if this problem ever goes away. Thanks
 

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most probably is the rack unit. had this happen to my 94 but it hums all the time wether it hot or cold. new fluid and pumps doesn't help either, sold the car before i fixed it.
 

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The Plot Thickens...New Hypothesis re:Noisey Suspension

Thanks Casper. Now the guy who replaced my rack and pinion says that it is probably not the rack afterall. He thinks for sure that it is the lower ball joints. He says that they can also 'heat up' while the car is just sitting thus causing the squeaky noise. The control arms were replaced (with new ball joints) but the lower ball joints were not exactly fixed. They tried to re-pack them with grease but we now believe that that effort failed.

So, we now are going to replace the lower ball joints like most T-Bird owners seem to advise.

Let's see what happens next, eh ! Which mechanic rules supreme ? I'm placing my bets on the ball joints. How about you guys ? :confused: I'll keep everyone posted.
 

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I had the same problem. Ball joints looked fine, boot was intact, and there was no play in it at all. Finally I just change the whole lower control arm and ball joint. That solved the problem.
 

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The Final Solution...

As the person who started this thread, I thought that I would share with everyone the final outcome to a delema that involved lots and lots of mis-guided opinions. It was the lower ball-joints after all. So, the moral of this story...Get good advice from your fellow members first and do not be suckered into replacing the whole front end for thousands of dollars. Always get your ball joints fixed first on your 96 T-Birds. Good luck.
 
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