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I have a clunking/popping that can be heard and felt from the front end. at first it was only when I made sharp turns then it became consistant while driving straight. I have replaced both CV axles upper and lower ball joints and hub assembly. not sure where to go from here.

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    Charles Donley Oct 22, 2013

    one was missing so I replaced it already. I should have mentioned that.



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Remove the tire and tighten 2 lugnuts onto the brake rotor. remove the axle nut in center of the brake rotor and drive the axle out of the spindle. If the ball joint is original, you have to grind out the rivets on the lower control arm. Remove and replace the ball joint with the hardware included with the ball joint. Next, pry-unsnap the axle end from the transaxle with a prybay and drive-snap in the new axle shaft into the transaxle. reverse to assemle, align front end and wholla! your done. 1 hour,15 min. $115.00 to do it yourself.

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SOURCE: popping sound on diver front tire

I dont work as a car mechanic but have some limited knowledge,,,, Most of the time that you get popping noises in the front end (usually while turning) it is the CV joint,,, the boot drys and cracks and dirt, sand and grit take out the joint, so if you replaced the joint and the boot and lubed it up,,, could be the tire is not completely round(was told my rear tires were shaped like eggs by one shop) other than that, you have to limit it down to the when and wheres... like when does it happen, how fast are you going, stopping,,turning, braking,,, out of gear(in nuetral..etc) then I think the answer will be easily to tell.

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SOURCE: When I turn to the right in reverse, I get a pop

outer cv joint is bad, easier to replace axle

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SOURCE: How do I remove the original ball joints?

An air chisel is the quickest way.Cut off the head and punch out the rest of the rivet,then replace with the included bolts.To separate the ball joints loosen the retaining nut until only one or two threads are holding it on,then hit the casting that the ball joint goes thru with a big hammer.Sounds weird I know, but the joint is angled and striking it straight on will force it out without even touching it.Hit the casting really hard and it will pop loose.This works for tie rods too,hit the casting that holds the tie rod and it will separate without damage.If you use a pickle fork remover it will destroy the rubber boot.After separating watch that rubber brake line.If you let the lower control arm go it will break that brake line so be sure it's supported.Good luck!

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