2004 Dodge Neon SXT 967xx miles automatic. No codes. I have a question about some front end noise I'm experiencing. It sounds like bushing creaking, but only during acceleration/breaking, not during…

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2004 Dodge Neon SXT 967xx miles automatic. No codes.

I have a question about some front end noise I'm experiencing. It sounds like bushing creaking, but only during acceleration/breaking, not during steering. Most of the suspension parts and mounts were replaced before I purchased it, (just had the trans mount replaced myself, only one that wasn't), but who knows with what quality parts, and by what type of mechanic.

Which parts/areas would you recommend checking, and how best to stop the creaking? I'm sure if bushings are worn to replace them, but if they aren't, can I use silicone spray lube to eliminate the creaking? Would you recommend a better bushing replacement over OEM?

I'm also having an issue with my fuel gauge only reading a little past 3/4 upon filling. It acts normal the rest of the time. Gauge sweep shows it has full range of motion, and I had a new fuel pump assembly installed, so it shouldn't be the float.

When I bought it, the back seat floor pans had an inch or two of water in them both for who knows how long, (tail light gasket leak, fixed). I read the fuel level signal wire comes up through the bottom and travels through the back seat driver side floor to the front.

Possible chafing or whatever long term water exposure does to wires? Where do the wires run, under the carpet in the corner of the floor, or do they have their own separate channel they run in? Want to get to the wires to check them without doing any damage to anything. Has to be wire related at this point, right? Never owned a car before with this issue.

Thank you in advance for any assistance, and for the great work you do and the help you give us all.