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Possible suspension problems

I have extreme tire wear on my driver side front tire, vibrating when i hit about 65-70 (and it seems like it's getting worse). My husband looked underneath the car and saw that the tire looked worn from the inside of the tire and angled outward. Also on the joints they seem to be ripped or worn. another issue would be that when we put the car in reverse and turn the wheel, it seems to make a popping noise or i gues like a clunk. Can you tell me what might need replacing besides the tire.

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Need to jack that side up and check for looseness in wheel the popping is probably your axle going bad since the boots are ripped. might also have a wheel bearing worn this will cause the tire to lean and vibration jack up and shake wheel

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