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I've been hearing a couple noises and I can't figure out what it definitely is. Trying to listen to videos on youtube of possible causes.

First: When turning to the left mostly or maybe even to the right I can hear creaking coming from the front left wheel. Is that basically ball joint or wheel bearing?

Second: Hearing rattling like blown shocks make but my car is not bouncing around like it did when the stock rear shocks were blown. I had since replaced those with bilstein shocks so I doubt those have failed.

I have 82,000 miles on my car. I took it to a mechanic maybe 3 months ago who told me the shocks looked fine but I think it was a cursory inspection after he had did my transmission, power steering, and brake fluid change (I hope the noise isn't from stuff he did but car did drive great right after). I'm more than happy to change my own ball joint/control arm or what not but most frustrating thing is never knowing what exactly needs to be changed.

Sidenote damn CEL came back with no codes from Autozone...sigh
 

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Knocking = Front swaybar bushings

creaking = front struts or strut bearings

The only thing you can tell by looking at the struts is weather they are leaking oil or not.
 

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I haven't replaced my fronts yet. I can never tell if they are leaking am I suppose to clean them first and drive a little to see if oil leaks?

What about ball joint and wheel bushing when do you worry about that?
 
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