Originally Posted by Telegent
Hi Mike, I hope my somewhat long-winded response will help you.
The creak that you hear may be just some dry bushings, or joints that are over due for greasing. It could also be the strut, if it has lost its seal (along with the oil) it will creak just like a dry bushing. Remove the wheel, lift up the dustcover on the strut shaft, and look for signs of oil coming out of the top of the strut. If it has been empty for a long time it may not be readily apparent, as water from wet roads will rinse most traces off.
You can start by a simple test. With the car parked on a level area, kneel on the front right corner of the bumper, push down, and release several times trying to get some good pressure on the bumper. Listen for any rubbing noises and feel for the car to stabilize within one jounce, after you let go.
Now try the same thing on the right side and compare the differences.
Have the front end lubed than try it again. If it was dry joints, the feeling will be quite different; it should be quiet and smooth.
If it is the strut there will be no difference.
I can personally recommend the Arnott struts and shocks. I would have preferred to replace mine with the factory strut and shocks, but the cost was prohibitive. The passive replacements from Arnott are great substitutes.
On a side note, I am replacing my left front strut (Arnotts). I called them and explained that after checking out my front end for the creaking sounds, I found oil all over the strut. It had obviously lost its seal and I needed a replacement (they are liftime warrented products).
No problem, they looked up my original invoice (Feb. 2004), in their records, and a replacement one was shipped to me that day. All at no cost, with a very friendly attitude.
As it turned out when I removed the wheel, to actually remove the strut; I lifted the dust cover just to take one more look. It turns out that the strut shaft had a couple of scars on the shaft. Examining it carefully it was plain that the strut was not defective, but had gotten scarred during installation somehow. I think some type of channel lock pliers or other jawed tool, was used to hold the shaft still, when tightening the top nut.
I let them know the situation, and I was fairly charged for the strut and shipping.
These people went out of their way to help me get the problem solved. If you decide to replace yours I know that you will be well satisfied with their products and there help if it is ever needed.