I have a ford taurus wagon that is beginning to make a creaking sound on the front drivers side when i turn the wheel to the left...thinking it may be a strut issue..any suggestions..i am a 20something female and don't want to get ripped off when i take it to a repair shop...
I think you are right. The strut or strut mount bearings on the top of the strut could be making noise. The shop might try and rip you off with additional repairs for the control arms,control arm bushings, or steering parts. I would take the vehicle to a reliable shop.
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Dead battery. You must have left the headlights on or something. Sometimes when you turn your lights on from the passenger side without opening the driver-side door, the headlights may not go out automatically. Been there, done that!
Place the car on blocks or jack stands so the car can be driven without it going anywhere. Have someone turn the front wheels left, straight, then right while depressing the gas pedal so the tires are turning at 5 miles per hour and listen for location of noise.Have the hood open so that you can listen for that noise that you say the car motor is making.
you have a faulty alternator by the sounds of it, try this simple test, : test the voltage of the battery with the vehicle off with a simple multimeter, it should read just over 12v then test it with the car running, it should read around 14-14.5 volts if it still only reads 12v then your alternator needs replacing.
2006 Ford Taurus Car Radio Stereo Wiring Diagram
Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: White/Red
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Black/Pink
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black or Black/Yellow
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Dark Blue/White
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: Drivers side shock tower in trunk on sedan’s or station wagon behind spare tire.
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Gray/Light Blue
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Tan/Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Red
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Pink
you have to take the door panels off. remove all screws you will have plastic pieces called christmas trees that hold the panel in place. there is a tool for this you can pick it up at Napa for cheap this will allow you access to the inner space of the door un plug plugs to power switchs and the rod to your door catch hardeware you then can remove panel completely to get access to mirror assembly. installation of door panel is in reverse