I have a creaking noise when my in my 2001 Ford Ranger is driven for a short time. It mainly happens when turning or hitting bumps. I was told that the inner Tie Rod end needs to be replaced. They also told me they would have to replace the whole rack and pinion unit. Is this true or can I replace the inner tie rod myself? They said it was a difficult process. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Mine does that too. But only in warm weather, over 60 degrees or so. I always assumed it was the ball joints going bad. Now that I think about it, it only makes the noise under 40mph or so and only when the road is bumpy or Im turning in a parking lot. I have no money to take it in right now, I hope whatever it is lasts until next month.
My understanding is the ball joints are a common weak point in certain ford truck and explorer models. They will squeak before actually wearing out. There are no fittings to grease, however I was able to get a grease needle in the boot, front and back and greased up real good. No more squeak. Will probably have to do again in 6 months but it is a cheap fix.
I had the same problem on my 98. Would make all kinds of noise even when parked and turning steering wheel. It was the lower balljoints. I really thought I had rack and pinion issues along with it, because it made some NASTY noises. Balljoints on these are a common problem. If you're not under warranty anymore, have them replaced with a greasable 'moog' balljoint. Good luck.