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Knocking noise more on right side, but left side turns also

When I turn my car, i hear a knocking noise. It is louder for the right turns than it is for left ones, but it happens during both. what could this be?

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  • soccergrl123 Jun 17, 2009

    How quickly should that be repaired once the clicking noise is heard? is it something that is okay to drive with for another week or so?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    knocking clucking noise

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Check the boots at the ends of the front axles...If one is torn the joint has likely failed and needs to be replaced.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Jun 17, 2009

    Naturally, you should take care of it as soon as possible. If the noise just started, likely you could drive it for a week without damaging anything, but I would not recommend any expressway driving...just local short trips. I have seen joints last for months after they become noisy but ignoring that can eventually cause a problem. If it were mine, I'd change it right away.

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