I need a little help with regards to some strange noises coming from the front o/s wheel area.
Apologies for boring you but a little history (essay) first
The car had a slight (very slight) noise going over speed bumps when I bought it at 12k miles, even at low speed. I thought it might be the anti-roll bar links so persuaded the Dealer (who thought I was hearing things) to replace them under warranty at 15k. The noise reduced a little but still something present.
I then replaced the suspension all round with Bilstein B6 shocks and Eibach Pro-Kit springs. When doing this I noticed that the nut holding the o/s strut stud into the turret bearing was loose!! Anyway, I put this down as the cause of the knocking. All has been well ever since until I finally got around to getting a 4-wheel laser alignment a month ago, at around 33k miles.
A couple of weeks after the much needed alignment was done I noticed a clicking noise coming from the front o/s. This was only present after a long motorway journey (70miles or so) and only noticeable at low speeds. After cooling down/resting and on shorter trips the noise is not there. When I first noticed it I took it straight to the dealers but having waited for the mechanic to become available the car had 'cooled down' a little and the noise had gone. So I dropped him back off feeling slightly embarrassed for dragging him out to listen to nothing!!
After each successive long journey (I do about 100miles home then back again at weekends) the noise reappears. From the sound of it I thought it was a CV joint although the noise was present when coasting, accelerating and braking and only audible at low speeds. I can also feel it through the pedals.
This morning I pulled over briefly into a lay-by and stopped, with the familiar noise there again (but getting slightly worse). I then turned the steering wheel with the car stationary and it made the creaking/crunching sound. To me this would rule out the CV joints but I could be wrong. I am also noticing a slight knock/click when rocking the steering wheel right to left when stationary, as if there is some play somewhere.
It seems that any movement in the suspension, whether it be up/down or when steering causes this noise and only when warm at the moment. Could this be Tie-rod/tie rod ends, the turret bearing or something more sinister?
Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated and thanks for reading!