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Old 03-18-2006, 08:12 AM
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W140 S600 Awful CREAKS

My 95 S600 for the past couple months creaks like a battleship in the Artic.
I have shot grease in every rubber boot, no wear on anything. Its all nice and tight. Car has 100k on it. Lives in NY ... daily driver. The Sway bar bushings look new too. I thought I could reproduce the noise from the sway bar end link. Change them.... same noise.
Its a creaking squeeky noise heard mostly at low speeds, and minimal body movement up and down.
Am I missing the obvious? Whats the most common 140 suspension wear item? ... ball joints... sway bushings?
The only replaced parts in the front so far are wheel bearing, and sway end links.

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Old 03-18-2006, 09:38 AM
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If you haven't owned the car since new, it may have been in an accident earlier, and some point of the inner structure may have broken spotwelds, or the welds did not hold from the repair. You need to really look at the supporting unibody for any damage or repair of any kind. These cars should not creak.
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Old 03-18-2006, 11:37 AM
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does it sound like it is inside or outside of the passenger compartment?

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Old 03-18-2006, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by ken_xman
The Sway bar bushings look new too....The only replaced parts in the front so far are wheel bearing, and sway end links.
Can't tell the quality of sway bar bushings by sight. If they haven't been changed already, replace them. A very common wear item, and will cause all sorts of funny creaking noises. It's a cheap fix (at least on the W124s).
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:40 AM
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I am sure of no accident history. I bought the car from a client. I am thinking of changing the ball joints and sway bushings ..and see if it gets quiet.
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Old 05-31-2007, 02:12 PM
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ball joints ??

So was it the ball joints?, did you do it yourself or dealer, how much?

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