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"creaking" noise-steering 04 Mazda 3

When I turn the wheel, when I am standing still I hear a creaking noise - well - that doesn't exactly describe the sound it makes - it almost sounds like you're winding up a really tight rubber band. I don't hear the noise while driving.

I really wish I could describe the sound better. I also would hear this sound from my 99 Ford explorer, but only when it was really hot. In the cold, the sound dissappeared.

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  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    Hi mate, i just brought a mazda 3 sport on a 2004 plate and have the same steering creak problem on lock to lock only when car is still though. any updates?

  • joshua_wahl Apr 30, 2009

    why do i get this

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SOURCE: Grinding noise in front end

Hi
Had the exact same problem, on a used 2003 Protege ES with 82,000 miles that I purchased.
Started with the loud "road noise" I thought well maybe thats just the sound that it makes.
And then noticed that it varies when turning.
This will continue to get worse and then your abs light will come on when it gets bad enough to trigger the sensor..
It turned out to be a bad wheel bearing.
Take it to a shop and have an experienced mechanic check it out. Its repairable.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Loud whining noise on left turn (Mazda Tribute 04)

sounds like a wheel bearing maybe faulty from your text it sounds like it could be the osf you could try jacking vehicle up with engine off handbrake applied and in neutral spin the wheel and see if it makes noise or wiggle it to see if it has any play possibly take off greade cap and see if any grease in bearing /

Posted on Aug 20, 2009

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SOURCE: 04 Mazda Tribute--Power Steering problem

check belt could be slipping glazed over could have air in system
check belt tensioner belt too lose may need new pump

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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SOURCE: car make noise, look like is left wheel bearing or

Check the CV joint that the axle connects to. They make a clicking sound when turning a corner if badly worn. Both CV joints are commonly replaced when one of them goes out.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 Mazda tribute 4wd es driverside front wheel noise?

iam am no doubt totally wrong here ,but i would first of all check the power steering fluid level ,then turn steering from left to right with engine running and check the fluid level again

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

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