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Popping / Clicking Noise

OK so I thought this noise may be due to the brake pad clips but I don't think so anymore. I was having a creaking noise when pressing about half way down on the brakes. Turns out the clips were not sitting properly in the caliper most likely due to them recently being powder coated. I have corrected that issue but there is a new noise now. It mainly happens when turning to the left but does happen sometimes when turning right. The noise is coming from the front driver side. Its sounds like a popping or clicking noise. I have tried to see where its coming from by standing next to the car and having someone else turn the wheel but I can't quite narrow it down. Any thoughts? It I had to guess I would say possibly the swaybar link.

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Or maybe intermediate shaft exposed U-joint.

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Anyway to test for sure?

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Im going through this right now kinda. I have a popping/grinding sound from the front left going around right turns. Replaced the entire axle today with no avail. They pointed me towards a possible wheel bearing problem now. Would make sense really. Good luck!

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I could see that possibly being a possibility on mine as well after I had to beat the crap out of the rotors to get them off. Its very possible that the bearing took some of that lol.

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It was a 70$ mistake for me to replace the Axle. Shoulda started with the bearing. Live and learn.

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Just have somebody turn the steering side to side and observe the U-joint. It should be smooth through the whole cycle. If it jerks around you found your problem.

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Think im going to get it up on the air a little tomorrow and tug on the sway bar and see if the links have any play. Saw some videos of bad cv axles and dont think that's my problem. That sounds a lot worst than my noise lol. I also have a slight shaking in my steering wheel around 75mph which may be caused by whatever the problem is. All the wheels should be balanced and I checked all the lugs to make sure they were tight.

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Was looking around online and found out that its a good bet that its the sway bar links. I never changed out my stock links after i dropped the car which is going to put added stress on them. Looks like if they are the problem I will be upgrading to the SS links. Plus side to those are they are beefer, shorter, and cheaper! :D

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My left endlink is loose. It makes a 'tok tok' sound when hitting bumps. If that sounds familiar it might be a problem.

It doesn't really affect all that much. Just annoying really.

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Its best to inspect the area of concern first before replacing parts. Axles do make a pop sound when turning, but you have more than just the axle moving on a turn. Struts, springs, ball joints, control arms, strut mounts, and sway bar endlinks all move too during a turn.

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