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2013 Rav4 XLE, 130,000 miles, kept almost exclusively in a very dry environment.

My car has developed numerous front and rear creaks and groans in the suspension and steering. I intend to do the same with this vehicle as I have with my other vehicles--crawl underneath it and investigate.

However, before I get started, has anyone else walked down this road and discovered the typical places in the suspension and steering where groans & creaks occur, and where parts replacement or lubrication is necessary?
 

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Thanks, Mikey. I understand the general principle and have lubed boots, springs, and strut mounts on other vehicles. Just looking to see if there are any other users who have specific experience with creaks and groans on the 4th Gen Rav4.
 

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I had some creaking, I replaced struts, mounts, coil springs andall swaybar endlinks - it has helped a lot. I still have a few rattles/squeaks here and there but not like before. There are lots of bushings on the suspension so it’s somewhat normal at your millage.
 

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I had some creaking, I replaced struts, mounts, coil springs andall swaybar endlinks - it has helped a lot. I still have a few rattles/squeaks here and there but not like before. There are lots of bushings on the suspension so it’s somewhat normal at your millage.
Did ever get that new strut top plate squeak to go away?
 

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Did ever get that new strut top plate squeak to go away?
Yes it did actually. Once I changed the mount it was present for about a week and since then it has dissapeared and never returned. Hard to explain
 

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I decided to give ol' Scotty's AT-205 a try. Sprayed every rubber bushing and boot I could find underneath the car. Car seems quieter. Time will tell.
 

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I decided to give ol' Scotty's AT-205 a try. Sprayed every rubber bushing and boot I could find underneath the car. Car seems quieter. Time will tell.
Six months on, I don't hear any more squeaking and groaning, so I'd say the AT-205 did the trick.
 

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Six months on, I don't hear any more squeaking and groaning, so I'd say the AT-205 did the trick.
Glad to hear! Good ol Scotty. The only guy that talks with his hands (a compliment I assure you). Mine is squeaking too so I'm going to give it a shot too.
 

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I don't have any squeaks or groans yet on my '18 AWD LE, but I did own a 2010 Hyundai Elantra before this and I had a really annoying suspension rattle that I would always hear while the car was under 20 MPH, like in a strip mall parking lot. I crawled under and spent a whole hour looking at different parts and didnt see any obvious damage. Even got suckered into replacing my front struts for $500 all because some "genius" at my local dealership told me that was the problem, but it wasn't. I found a retired mechanic on Craigs and he offered to do a "Lube Special" for $100 so I figured I had nothing to lose. Well it worked! He said he squirted a bunch of axle grease into the two bushings holding the sway bar using a needle-tip. After about a week of driving to work the grease deeper into the bushings, the rattle went away. I even sent that guy a six-pack of Coors to show him how much I appreciated him getting rid of that annoying rattle!

The bottom line is --- your RAV is over 7 years old and all those rubber bushings can become dry and cracked over that span of time, especially if you live in a hot environment like AZ or FL. Get a nice grease gun and go to town on EVERY bushing you can find in your suspension and see if any creaky noises go away.
 
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