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Old 11-18-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
Elizabeth
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The most common problem creating a popping noise when in a turn or turning the wheel hard is worn ball Joints.
Worn ball joints is serious, because they can break off without warning and that will leave your front wheel sidways.. Even if you are moving at 60mph
So it matters to ask if that is the issue.
the car needs to be put up on a lift and the motion checked. It may take some hard pushing to 'knock' the worn ball over. Or it may be easy. All depends HOW it is worn. Someone who understand the ball joint should look at them
Usually the noise is a sudden loud 'clunk' especially at parking manuver speeds.
If you have that.. Then i say get it checked out.
In other posts I have said ignore stuff because it can wait.
A really worn ball joint should NOT wait. It is unsafe to drive. It does NOT need to be towed, but realize the wheel falling off is not good.
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