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Wanted to see if anyone else had this issue in the past and possibly a resolution.
  • 2014 Kia Cadenza
  • 85,000 miles on the vehicle
  • The car is "cold" and has been sitting (for this example let's say overnight). For the first 5-10 seconds when I am driving in reverse or forward, using or not using the brake and I turn the wheel left or right, it makes a creaking sound, very similar to walking on an old floor. The steering is smooth when the sound is made.
  • After the first 5-10 seconds, there's no noise and the steering continues to be smooth.
  • If I stop the vehicle and let it set for a few minutes to an hour or so, start it back up, the steering is still smooth with no noise.
  • If I let it sit for several hours, the "creaking noise" returns when steering left/right in reverse or forward.for 5-10 seconds.
  • This 5-10 second "creakling noise" occurs regardless if I use brakes or don't use the brakes.
I am going to have to schedule an appointment with Kia and drop the car off so they can see the issue after the car has been sitting for a while. Just wanted to see if anyone else has run into that issue or might be able to pinpoint the issue .
 

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I had a similar thing happen on my 2015 at 50k a year ago, but it was most noticeable when steering around a parking lot at low speeds. There was a series of clicking noises coming from the steering column as the wheel turned back to center after a turn, click click click click click click click click click. The dealer told me to come back if it got worse, 13k later and I can’t remember the last time I heard it. I don’t think that’s your noise, I am not a mechanical advisor, but you should definitely get it checked out. The flexible steering coupler is also known to fail in the 2014s, I’ve heard that repair is covered by Kia for 2014s.
 

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I've had this same problem for the last couple months on my 2015 Cadenza, 94,000 miles. It started like you mentioned, creaking like old floors on cold starts for the first couple minutes of driving. Anytime I took it in to the dealer the sound wouldn't occur but now it finally happens constantly, on warm starts and now for the entire drive. I'm trying to take it back in next week to get it fixed and I'll report back.
 

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Took it to a KIA dealership. Had to leave it for a day for them to hear the problem.
Here's what resolved my issue.

Strut tops were causing issue.
Installed 54612 3S050 Bearing Strut
Installed 54610 2T000 Insulator Assy Strut
Installed 54623 3S000 Pad-FR Spring UPR
Replaced both front strut top bearings

Hope this helps someone with their issue.
 

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Took it to a KIA dealership. Had to leave it for a day for them to hear the problem.
Here's what resolved my issue.

Strut tops were causing issue.
Installed 54612 3S050 Bearing Strut
Installed 54610 2T000 Insulator Assy Strut
Installed 54623 3S000 Pad-FR Spring UPR
Replaced both front strut top bearings

Hope this helps someone with their issue.
I'm having this same issue on my 2017. How much did it cost to replace all the parts?
 

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Took it to a KIA dealership. Had to leave it for a day for them to hear the problem.
Here's what resolved my issue.

Strut tops were causing issue.
Installed 54612 3S050 Bearing Strut
Installed 54610 2T000 Insulator Assy Strut
Installed 54623 3S000 Pad-FR Spring UPR
Replaced both front strut top bearings

Hope this helps someone with their issue.
Thank you so much for this follow-up!
My 2018 with 20k does this but only in wet conditions. I knew the strut mounts to be the cause because I did some troubleshooting with my buddy where I had him turn the wheels back and forth while I sprayed water directly onto the mounts. What was happening, somehow, in the wet condition (heavy downpour) the rubber "skips" along the metal washer at the top. This action amplifies making the noise sound, as you said, a creaking of sorts- like old floor boards. Back when I had my starting issues, earlier this year, I bought this up to the service advsior who, of course, discouraged both diagnosis at the time (because of the starting issue being more critical and due to the very specific conditions needed to replicate). I told him I knew exactly what it was but of course they think we're all idiots who are just trying to tell them how to do their jobs lol.

NOW my question is, when will Kia do a recall on this. IMO, this is obviously due to poor rubber quality. I've never had a vehicle do this, even with absolutely blown out struts. Initially, I thought this was unique to my vehicle because it sat in the Texan sun for many years, with very little use (I purchased the car in June 2021 with about 8k on the odo)
 
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