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CobraJay
09-27-2005, 01:03 PM
Hi guys

During stop and go, I hear a creeking sound coming from under the car, under me. It sounds like some sort of stress-creek. When I start pulling out in 1st gear, even slowly, I hear a quick creek. I heard it when I first bought the car, but it seems to be getting a little worse. What should I check for when under there? Everything under the car is all stock, even the exhaust.

Would subframes be able to help out? Which are recommended? Thanks...

Jason

Silver10th
09-27-2005, 03:31 PM
Do you hear it when you turn the steeringwheel?

nckissfan
09-27-2005, 03:58 PM
ha, Tim, Tina's Escape does that at the steering wheel on really hot days. She gets them to lube it at her work.

I don't quite know what that is CobraJay is hearing. Maybe the chassis flexing?

Firme
09-27-2005, 04:00 PM
It could be the suspension. Mainly the isolators on the springs.

CobraJay
09-27-2005, 04:05 PM
Hey

It's definitely not the steering wheel. It sounded like it's coming from right under me.. I mean I hear it when I start pulling off, and also when I am shifting through the gears, the creek is audible again... it has to be some sort of flex. Since it appears to be coming from under me and not the back, I'm not sure if sub frames would do anything. I may be wrong. I'll try lubing up the control arm bushings as I read on corral.net.

Silver10th
09-27-2005, 05:03 PM
The reason I was asking is my front end was making alot of noise. It was still under warrenty so I took it in and they replaced the "Gear and Lube tube". That fixed the noise and the steering feels great.
Sorry, I'm not sure what problem you are having. Have you put it on jackstands and took a look around?

ProfChaos
09-28-2005, 02:19 AM
If the car has aftermarket exhaust, the problem might be similar to the one I am experiencing with Lorena the '96 Cobra: The exhaust is actually creaking in a pronounced way because of stress points associated with an idiot-laden muffler shop--before I bought the car--having tried to play hot-shot by attempting to make an exhaust that was originally cut for one car actually fit another car. (The folks at Grand Muffler in Smyrna, GA--Mustang/Cobra specialists--tell me that this is more common than one might think: People try to save money on a "custom" exhaust by piecing together a mix-and-match affair. Almost inevitably, the results of such an adventure are bad-mojo for the car and need to be addressed later--usually in the form of a long line of 100-dollar bills that the owner uses to transmogrify the ill-fitting, evironmentally unsound exhaust into a new, more appropriately fitted exhaust with legal catalytic converters.)

I am in the process of having the situation with Lorena the Cobra resolved (BBK ceramic-coated headers, custom-mounted Flowmaster cats, new madrel-bent front section to eliminate weird--"unnatural"--stress points). Until that happens, when I exit the car and begin to walk away, I will hear an unhealthy creaking/pinging as the exhaust cools, especailly near the front of the passenger-side door.

I hope that your problem is simpler to resolve than that, as I'll have forked-over nearly $2000 by the time I resolve the problems created by the half-assed, mix-and-match affair.

cheers,
Professor Chaos

jsnake
09-28-2005, 07:46 AM
Look at the transmission mount.

dewone
09-28-2005, 08:42 AM
jsnake is on the right track. I've had a simular situation with my truck when it was new. Found a loose shock mount bolt after days of searching. Go figure. Take a pry bar and gentlly pry suspension joints and frame connections. It should reveal it's self some where.

CobraJay
09-28-2005, 03:09 PM
I'll try to get it a good look tonight since I do not have class.

Now, I usually drive w/ the windows down. However, I drove with them up today and I noticed that the creeking sound was coming from a little more behind me than what I thought. But it still feels like it's on my side. Anyway, I might grab a Corona tonight and look underneath on the creeper (and maybe fall asleep..not the first time thats happened).

ausie
10-01-2005, 12:39 PM
if it is metal stress (crack in steel) it may be difficult to find. Took in the area where the rear set dropp off to floor is. I believe that is the section where most cracks will occur since it is the rigid portion to handle the tortional flex of the body. It may be a bad weld joint or ripping support frame. Look at the mounting sections of the rear axle assembly then follow along the body sheet metal to inspect for any cracks or rust. I had a creek for the longest time with and Escort GT. The source could not be found until the right front wheel support frame broke free from the body. Oh well, with 265k miles on it I decided to let it go to the scrap yard even though it was in great running condition with the exception if it becomming a three wheeled vehicle. The best approach is to locate as many spot welds or puddy cover ups along the chassis as possible for inspection. Even that may not reveal anything. Good hunting :cool:

Blue Snake
10-29-2005, 03:13 PM
Hi guys

During stop and go, I hear a creeking sound coming from under the car, under me. It sounds like some sort of stress-creek. When I start pulling out in 1st gear, even slowly, I hear a quick creek. I heard it when I first bought the car, but it seems to be getting a little worse. What should I check for when under there? Everything under the car is all stock, even the exhaust.

Would subframes be able to help out? Which are recommended? Thanks...

Jason I also have had this same squeaking, creeking sound for the last 1000 miles, I have 36000 on the car, It's been driving me nuts trying to find it, you pull up to a light, and it squeaks like it's fallin apart. Well, I had enough, so I had my wife move the car back & forth, and we shook the car back & forth. The noise is coming from a bracket that holds the E. BRAKE cable on the dr. side just before it goes to the wheel. It has worn thru to the cable itself, and the rubber gromment that is supposed to prevent that has long ago worn out. The only fix is to replace the cable, and the small bracket that holds it. Try this out & see if that is what is causing your noise also. Good luck, and thank the cobra gods that it's something that's easy & cheapo to repair. Let us know how it works out.

CobraJay
10-29-2005, 04:07 PM
Hey thanks, Blue. Right now I'm going through some repairs around the house since hurricane wilma slid through. Whenever I get under my snake again, I'll check out the brake cable bracket. Also, looks like a tile from the roof fell on my hood during the storm from the looks of the imprint it left behind. :mad:

Blue Snake
10-30-2005, 04:28 PM
Hey Jay, sorry to hear about your troubles with Wilma. That's a real bummer about that tile hitting your car. Good luck.