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Hello everyone,,
I have a 1996 Impala SS with 66700 miles on it. When I cut the wheel all the way to either side, I get this heartbreaking creaking noise. I only cut the wheel all the way at low speeds, so I wouldn't know if it does this at high speeds. I was thinking it may be the fact that it is RWD, and cutting the wheel all the way exceeds the maximum angle at which the front wheels can spin when being pushed? In other words, Is the power from the rear wheels pushing the car forward more than the front wheels can change the direction of the force? Imagine having a RWD car with the front wheels at a 90 degree angle to the car and flooring it. The only way the car is going anywhere is if the front wheels slide across the pavement right? is that what is happening? or was that a waste of 10 minutes thinking of how to explain that? haha:tongue: I had an alignment done 5 weeks ago, along with a new idler arm....

what is breaking?
why is it breaking?
how much does it cost?

haha thanks so much! I'm kind of a nerd, so a very detailed explanation of what is going on would be great!!!
 

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I would suspect sway bar bushings, sway bar end link bushings and lower control arm bushings (all or a combination).

The sway bar bushings and end link bushings are easy to change. The control arm bushings are much more difficult.

You would have to check the price of replacement sway bar end links and bushings, and the sway bar bushings. If you have basic mechanical skills, you can change them in an hour or so.

The lower control arm bushings must be pressed out and in, after removal of the lower control arm. You would have to have an estimate from a shop.

You could change the sway bar bushings and end links, and the sway bar bushings, and see if that corrects the creaking / groaning.
 

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Fwiw, Rockauto.com has some sway bar and lower control arm bushings on wholesaler closeout clearance for '12+. I recently bought some Mevotech endlinks for my '12, '13 and son's '16 Limited for 96 cents each on wholesaler closeout. It'd probably be easiest and possibly cheapest to swap out the entire lower control arm if needed unless you can press out/in the new bushings yourself. Most control arms are reasonably priced and come with new bushings and balljoint installed. Some even come with a new endlink.
 

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Hello everyone,,
I have a 1996 Impala SS with 66700 miles on it. When I cut the wheel all the way to either side, I get this heartbreaking creaking noise. I only cut the wheel all the way at low speeds, so I wouldn't know if it does this at high speeds. I was thinking it may be the fact that it is RWD, and cutting the wheel all the way exceeds the maximum angle at which the front wheels can spin when being pushed? In other words, Is the power from the rear wheels pushing the car forward more than the front wheels can change the direction of the force? Imagine having a RWD car with the front wheels at a 90 degree angle to the car and flooring it. The only way the car is going anywhere is if the front wheels slide across the pavement right? is that what is happening? or was that a waste of 10 minutes thinking of how to explain that? haha:tongue: I had an alignment done 5 weeks ago, along with a new idler arm....
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what is breaking?
why is it breaking?
how much does it cost?

haha thanks so much! I'm kind of a nerd, so a very detailed explanation of what is going on would be great!!!
Thank you my issue has been solved,...
 
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