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199 Mercury Mountaineer making clunking noise when turning

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Hi Jeanette, I'm glad to help!

Jeanette, usually when your turning a vehicle and it makes a clunking noise, it could be 2 things. (1) The CV Joints are bad. What is a CV Joint? If you look under the vehicle you will see a long axle coming from the transmission to the center of you wheel and on each end of that axle you'll see a rubber boot. Jeanette, behind that boot is the CV Joint and when you turn the vehicle it pivots with the wheel. When it goes bad it will make all kinds of noises and can be unsafe if it breaks while on the highway because your vehicle will stop moving. PLEASE GET THAT CHECKED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. (2) The other problem it could be is your wheel bearings, when they become loose enough they can actually bind and cause a popping or clunking noise. This can also be unsafe if they are extremely loose. PLEASE GET THAT CHECKED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Hope this helps and have an awesome day Jeanette.

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