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Poping sound from front end

When I turn to the left at slow speeds I can hear a loud pop. I think it's the u-joints or ball joints. Any thoughts?

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IF YOU ARE TURNING HARD THEN GREASE YOUR STEERING STOPS
you will see a wear mark on the knuckle and lower control arm just wipe some grease on these spots

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