Turning your Porsche’s steering wheel shouldn’t be something to get you thinking about your car’s condition. This sounds like something all car owners have always known or rather assumed to be a norm. Unfortunately, it isn’t. Truth is, turning your Porsche’s steering wheel shouldn’t cause strange or unusual noise. The act should help you direct your car in the direction you wish to turn to. Keep in mind though that as this happens, there are several other parts that get affected by physical stress as the car turns. So if by any chance you hear a creaking sound as the car turns, know for sure there’s a problem somewhere. Have the car inspected before the minor creaking sound gets louder or it gets accompanied by a groaning sound from the hood. Read on to learn more about what causes the creaking sound.
How The System Works
Porsche models feature complex yet efficient steering and suspension systems. The system is interconnected. This means turning the steering wheel will create a ripple like effect in the whole system. The wheel, once turned, will engage the power steering rack which always requires the belt and the pump to be stellar condition. The system must also have enough fluid. Suspension struts must also be in good condition because they take additional stress each time the car turns. There are so many other parts too that make it possible for your Porsche to turn. They include ball joints, wheel bearings and even the CV joint. In a nut shell, all these joints must be able to support your Porsche’s weight as it moves in different ways. This means too that the suspension system must be well lubricated.
Worn Out Shocks And Struts
Your Porsche’s struts and shocks are most likely gas filled. There are Porsche models though that use other types of shocks and struts. For the gas filled type, be keen on any kind of fluid dripping from the side especially on the front shocks. This is often an indication that the shocks have blown and need to be replaced. Your car may also feel bouncy and loose each time you drive over bumps, or as you take turns mostly on rough terrains.
Dry Jounce Bushing
Right at the top of the front strut is where the dry jounce busing is found. It always causes a groaning or creaking sound anytime it becomes dry. The problem often looks minor at first. Have the component repaired as soon as you can as it can easily worsen.
Damaged or Dry Suspension Bushings
With time, bushings wear out. Eventually, they succumb to wear and tear and crack. There isn’t much you can do about this. The creaking or groaning sound will keep on getting louder until you replace the dry or damaged bushings.
Worn Ball Joints
They play a key role in steering your car. They allow not just steering knuckles but also control arms to adjust movement. To ensure they work well, lubricate them at least once or twice every month depending on how often you drive. You’ll hear creaking sound each time the worn ball joints run out of grease.