97 blazer noises from front end

while driving im hearing differnt noises coming from the front end of my chevy blazer. Not while im in park,backing up or ideling. Almost sounds like my front end is gonna fall apart. Started at first with kinda like
clicking,knocking sounds, now its kinda like springs, dang hard to describe. I can go a day or two without hearing anything, then ill hear it all day long and it can be loud. Taken it to my mechanic and he cant see anything and of course it didnt make the noise when he drove it. any info would be apprecitated, this blazer is sucking my dry. One thing after another!
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kimysioux wrote:

OK so you hear the noises while going forward only? Does the sound change if you are going around curves? How about while braking? If it is making the noises and you put it into 4 High does the sound change? How about 4 Low? There are a LOT of parts in the front end that could make noises. Just need to track it down. It almost sounds like the 4 wheel drive isn't fully disengaged. Another person here just had that problem. On his vehicle it was a combination of a bad transfer case vacuum switch and a clogged line to the 4X4 Actuator. To see if that is the problem you could disconnect the actuator vacuum line and plug it (a golf tee makes a good plug) Then see if the noise is still there.
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im a female so forgive me if i sound naive, no knowledge of cars. The noise sounds the same turning, i never really noticed the sound while being in 4 wheel drive but while hearing the sound then putting it in 4 wheel drive would the creaking still be there or not if it was disengaged? It almost sound like springs of some sort. awhile back during a oil change the mechanic told me i had a leak underneath, something about a differntial and i never had that fixed could that be a possibility?
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kimysioux wrote:

Being a female doesn't make a difference, I know a LOT of men who don't have a clue about vehicles. They just put in gas and drive it..
Well if it is a noise in the transfer case or the front differential it may change or even go away when you switch from 2 to 4 wheel drive. It is just another way to track down the noise.
Yes it could be a failing front differential if it has gotten low on oil. For that you should take it to a garage and have them check it. Then comes the decision of what to do. If it is the front differential it isn't a cheap repair.
It could also be the torsion bar mounts or the A-Arm bushings in the front suspension. Those are both rubber and if they get lose they can squeak. So can the shock isolators. It could even be bad ball joints or other steering linkage parts.
What I would recommend since your not real familiar with vehicles is to find a GOOD mechanic that YOU trust. Then maybe drive it around and record the noises with a tape or digital recorder. That could make a big difference.
Post the closest city to you and there might be a couple people on here that know a good shop nearby.
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thank you steve for your help.
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kimysioux wrote:

No problem. The catch to diagnosing a noise problem is that it really helps to hear the noise and hopefully be driving it at the time. Not easy to do long distance. That is why I suggest finding a decent local mechanic. I see from your other post your near Rapid City. Take a look here, http://www.iatn.net/member-directory/i/usa/south_dakota/rapid_city / Not recommending anyone but it is one place to start.
Good Luck. Oh and ask around, neighbors and coworkers might have a good idea about a shop.
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