I've been lurking for a few days since I picked up my Kona Blue GT manual last Saturday. I was planning on registering soon anyway but this "creaking" issue has started on mine as well so I went ahead and registered so hey everyone
Just a little about me. I am a ASE certified tech and service manager over a repair shop for one of the quick lube chains here in the south. Been a tech for 20 years.
Let me start by saying I love this car and feel fortunate to own it. It was fine the first 200 miles. After that I started noticing a popping noise in left front suspension. Thought I may have heard a little in the right front to but not sure.
As some have stated it's like you can feel it in the floorboard. Not only that but I was at a local shopping center not long after it started the "popping" noise and hit a few speed breakers and it made the loudest "squawking" sound in the front suspension every time I hit one. I instantly think "great the struts are noisy on my brand new car"
That was Monday when I was out running errands.
Ok now It's Tuesday and I had every intention of putting it on the lift at work and just giving it a good ol checkout to see if I could find any problems but alas I had not the time Tuesday and 12 hours work in 1 day is enough for anybody in my book. It had not changed any Tuesday, Very consistent.
Now It's Wednesday and we slowed up a little in the evening so I pulled her in and lifted her up. Looked at all the usual suspects I would normally look at on an "older" car with these symptoms. Struts, Strut mounts, Lower control arms and bushings, Sway bar and bushings, Tie rod ends etc.
Physically looking and pulling, tugging on everything. No play was found in any of it. My experience tells me It's a strut or strut plate issue just from the sound I'm hearing but I could not find a problem. Granted I was tired as hell by then and surely could have missed something but I don't think I did.
Ok so no discoveries at that time and I know I'll be taking it into Ford soon for this so no biggie. At least I know It's safe. Or is it? Guess there's no sure fire way to know but anyway no play was found in any front end component.
Also It does it on take off very very consistently. Like clockwork. Engine mounts as some have suggested? I don't think so, I still think It's strut related.
All this being said I'm watching this thread closely to see if a confirmed fix is found before I head to Ford. No sense making repeated trips and going through that hell if I think they can't get it right the first time. I will continue to look at it myself when time permits and maybe I'll come up with something.
Another thing that's strange, After about the first 20 miles driving after taking it off the lift it did not do it anymore. It did come back though and was no different than before.
On another note mine has the 3.73 option. Is everybody's rear diff unpainted? Mines not and It's covered in rust... I'm not at all happy about that.
Anyway glad to have the car and glad to be here. Maybe I can contribute something