Question about 2002 Toyota Camry
Just a thought on this is could be that you have a bad universal joint on that wheel. The poping could be the slack warn components in the universal join baning from one side of the encasements as you move from driving the wheel forward to braking and hence using the wheel to slow the vehicle down.
You may check by putting the car in park and jacking the car up on that wheel and seeing how much play there is in the wheel linkage as you rotate it round it clockwise and anticlockwise but this will not making the popping sound in the same way as having the whole car wait resting on the joint as you are travelling along.
If it is the Universal Joint (Constant velocity Joint / CV Joint) it's a very serious condition that needs to be fixed and is a potential hazard to you driving the car. I would get it to a garage to have it checked.
Also it could be be a very worn ball join that is allowing the wheel to run out of alignment and hence makes it feel like its dragging. Again if you jack the car up while in park and try and move the wheel as if the wheel was being turned by the steering wheel - if you can feel play in the assembly here - and the wheel clonks as you pull it in and out you need a Ball joint replaced. Again its serious and should not be left too long to get it fixed.
Its possible if you have had the brakes worked on recently that the brakes could have been put together wrongly but I would go with the other checks first. Also it could be a bad tire that going through some sort of tread separation but test the CV joint and the ball joint first.
Posted on Sep 03, 2008
Pull the wheel off, there is no other way to determine the cause, you could have a loose brake caliper or a worn ball joint, there just isn't anything anyone one thing for sure that makes noise.
Posted on Sep 03, 2008
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