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Creeking noise when going over speed humps tried putting grease round joints

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You should have your ball joints checked that is a tell-tale sign of a failing ball joint.

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A cv joint is flooded with grease and what keeps the grease in and the dirt and water out is a rubber or plastic boot. As long as the boot and the retaining clips are intact it can be assumed the joint isn't dry - I only ever encountered one where the manufacturer had forgotten to put grease in.

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It sounds like you need to replace some U joints. When U joints start making noise it is too late for grease to fix the problem, the damage is already done. To be sure get under the truck and move the driveshaft at each joint. Try to move it up and down and from side to side. If there is any movement in the driveshaft and none in the yoke, the joint is bad. You should also try turning it to check for movement. Do this with each joint because it is quite possible that move than one joint is bad.
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Turning RIGHT puts the heavy load on the LEFT front wheel.
That initially STOPPED the noise, correct? So why did you change L?

Turning LEFT puts the load on the RIGHT. Did you change the RIGHT?

Let's say this:
If turning RIGHT stops the noise, it's the RIGHT one that's likely bad.
If turning LEFT stops the noise, it's the LEFT one that's more likely bad.

Make sense? Turning RIGHT loads the LEFT wheel; and vice-versa as the WEIGHT SHIFTS AWAY FROM THE TURN.

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