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A week or so after hearing a load pop noise as I entered the Walmart parking area, I began to notice a popping noise (not a loud) when turning left. I experimented with the turns to try and pinpoint the condition and so far only have this. The turn has to be 90 degrees like a corner turn. The noise occurs as the steering wheel comes back to straighten out. The sound seems to come from the front drivers side near the tire/wheel area, though one mechanic swore he felt it in the floor board on the passenger side. This all started a month ago. Since my first visit to a mechanic I've had a wheel bearing replaced ($260) driver side... this stopped a loud humming sound but not the popping, then I took it to a different mechanic who replaced the sway bar and mounts. This created even more noise!! Granted this part too showed wear on the bushings in the mounts, so replacing it was probably due. Once again I still had the popping, now with squeaks and grinding sounds when I went over bumps. After checking some web info I went back and inquired about the noise. The next culprit seemed to be the seats for the struts. I asked that the struts also be replaced as the original pop way back in the parking lot seemed so loud that my first thought then was of a blown strut. While replacing the struts and seats, the mechanic noticed the mounting brackets for the drivers side strut were damaged and replaced those as well. Well, now I've put over $1100 into my front end. It does drive better with the new struts, the squeaks and grinding noises disappeared, leaving back with the original popping when I turn. Only once did I hear a pop after making a right turn. Still sounds like it is from the drivers side of the front end. Please help! Note, the mechanic has been very thorough and has since had my car back up in the shop, looking over CV joints and boots, rechecking the struts and is at a loss for the time being. I don't really like to wait for things to get worse. Any suggestions?
- Judy B.,
Oshkosh, WI, USA
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