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Popping sound when turning. axle looks good. no leaks. could it be the wheel bearing?

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Could be the bearing..

Is it a clicking sound ??
If so - could be a CV joint..

Check all the CV boots (the rubber covers over the CV joints)..

Push on them looking for splits,, seperatiob or cracks.. If you see anything like that -rest assured you have a CV joint problem..

If boots go bad & are replaced in time (& CV joints greased) they can be saved.. If it has been too long - the joint will need to be replaed too..

Hope this helps !!
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It could very well be the wheel bearings, but wheel bearings sound more like a clicking or ticking sound. This is very hard to diagnose via the internet. Anyone that would try woudl be wrong not to tell you to visit a service center and have a technician listen to it while driving. The problem can be a very dangerous one if gone unchecked. Please try and do so asap for your own safety.

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