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JoshB

JoshB 6/16/2020

2015 Buick Enclave Premium 6 Cyl 3.60L

Steering & Suspension

Why am I hearing a creaking/clicking sound when I turn my car driving slow?

I actually have a 2015 Buick Encore Deluxe awd 76,000 km . Regular maintenance/upkeep(wasn't available on drop down list).
Since getting my all seasons put back on 2+ months ago I first noticed the steering wheel slightly shaking which seems now to be gone for the most part.
I notice I need to put more effort into steering my car than I had before. The car has power steering, but I find it feels stiffer than normal.
I just started noticing a creaking/clicking sound when Im driving slow and making a turn.
I had an oil change/checkup with nappa auto 2 days before I had my all seasons put back on and they didn't mention any possible issues, but I also only started noticing the issues after I had the tires put on.
I had the tires put on by a family friend(not licensed).
With being laid off from Covid-19, I'm trying to get some help before I take it in so I don't potentially getting ripped off. I currently do not have a regular mechanic in my area.

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Jimm

Jimm 6/26/2020

JoshB - first question - how many miles are on the vehicle? What has been inspected and diagnosed so far?

When was the last time the front struts and rear shock absorbers were replaced?

When was the last / most recent suspension repairs performed? When the tires were installed - was there any inspection performed?

For example: If there is any squeaking or squawking noise at the front of the vehicle that is most noticeable in cold temperatures, and occurs during suspension travel, the cause is likely a slipping/sticking front strut jounce bumper rubbing against the strut's piston rod.

Few other possibilities: worn sway bar links, worn sway bar bushings, worn tie rod ends, wheels need balancing, tires out-of-round (aging / settling concerns), worn steering rack and pinion.

Too many unknowns at this point to properly determine the specific issue. Start with the basics...

Your next steps are to thoroughly inspect the steering and suspension components, for more detail: refer to a vehicle service manual, and the 'How-To-Guides' on the AutoMD website.

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Jimm

Jimm 6/26/2020

JoshB - first question - how many miles are on the vehicle? What has been inspected and diagnosed so far?

When was the last time the front struts and rear shock absorbers were replaced?

When was the last / most recent suspension repairs performed? When the tires were installed - was there any inspection performed?

For example: If there is any squeaking or squawking noise at the front of the vehicle that is most noticeable in cold temperatures, and occurs during suspension travel, the cause is likely a slipping/sticking front strut jounce bumper rubbing against the strut's piston rod.

Few other possibilities: worn sway bar links, worn sway bar bushings, worn tie rod ends, wheels need balancing, tires out-of-round (aging / settling concerns), worn steering rack and pinion.

Too many unknowns at this point to properly determine the specific issue. Start with the basics...

Your next steps are to thoroughly inspect the steering and suspension components, for more detail: refer to a vehicle service manual, and the 'How-To-Guides' on the AutoMD website.

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