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Noise coming from what sounds like near the center console like a steel ball bearing rolling back and forth. The noise typically is noticeable at low speeds (although it might be happening at higher speeds but I just can't hear it). When I turn left/right at low speeds it sounds like the "ball" is rolling in the opposite direction until it hits something and stops with a clunk. The same thing happens when accelerating from a stop and when slowing down to a stop, the "ball" sounds like it's rolling in the opposite direction.

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