My car has developed an annoying creaking sound when turning. I'm trying to figure out what it is but I've hit the limit of my car knowledge now.
Car: 2003 Mazda Pretege5
The creaking sounds like it's coming from more toward the center of the engine. I started off by checking the tie rod ends. I found the boot on one end slightly greasy but overall still intact. I'll put that on the future repair list. The other end looks fine.
I jacked the front end off the ground to remove weight from the wheels and rule out bad ball joints. I got the same sound with the wheels off the ground.
The inner tie rod boots look fine.
Any ideas on what to look for next. I'm pretty limited on tools though so I'm likely going to have to pay someone to fix whatever it is for me.
EDIT So a bit more internet research has turned up a lot of stuff about bushings and sway bars causing things like this.
EDIT 2 I loosened both strut mounts and lifted both wheels off the ground. Still creaks. I gave a little pull on the passenger's side sway bar link and it make a very similar sounding noise.