So, I've got a noise that comes from the front of the car when turning the steering wheel - sounds like creaking/popping. Happens at low speeds - backing out of the driveway or pulling into a parking spot. Not noticeable while driving, probably due to road noise. My first thought was control arms based on what I've read, but I'm not seeing any obvious play in the rubber bushings and nothing is torn. Same for outer tie rod ends. Also no leaks in the power steering system.
The car has >170,000 miles on it and the CA's have never been replaced, so I'm kinda planning for this anyway, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something else.
I'll add that I'm not 100% sure I'm checking things properly - I will grab a wheel with two hands when I've got the car jacked up and rock side to side. I just don't see any significant movement. But, like I said above, with the mileage I've got, I figure they can't be in good shape.
Anything else I should check before replacing these?