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Turning,steering wheel wants to go hard to left and backing up it makes a loud snap sound when trying to turn.is this cv joint or tie rod end?

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Most likely a brake caliper is stuck on that wheel.

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What is a CV joint?


A wobble in the steering is more likely to be one of

- loose wheel nuts
- loose hub nut
- worn steering tie rod outer joint
- worn steering tie rod inner joint
- loose steering rod universal
- worn steering knuckle ball joint

Out of these a worn or loose steering tie rod joint is most likely. If you can, jack the front of the car up and rest it on axle stands, NOT just on the jack, then have one person shake the front wheel back and forth while holding it at 9 and 3 o'clock, while another holds the steering wheel still. Then look at and feel each joint to see if you can locate the looseness.

Jun 27, 2014 | 1997 Toyota Camry

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Front End Noise, Steering and Suspension


Noise in the front end of any make, model vehicle. Put a jack under the lower control arm and jack the left wheel off the ground, the trick is to try to get it at normal ride hight, grab the tire at the top and bottom and try to push and pull the top in and out inline with the ball joint. have a helper eye the ball joint and see if there is any motion(play) at the joint. If not, check the bottom the same way. if they are both good, try it side to side to check the tie rods for play, make sure the steering wheel is locked. Then do the same for the right side. If all checks good than it is probably the cv joint if the truck is four wheel drive, if it is not four wheel drive it's definately is not a cv joint because you don't have them. This Applies if your car is front wheel drive or your truck is four wheel drive model, go to a large parking lot, put the truck in a tight left turn, this will stress the cv joint, making it click, you will hear the noise from the side with the bad joint. Then make a hard right turn, then do the same things again, this time driving in reverse. That should allow you to isolate the noise, Please rate this four thumbs up if it helped, i appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Bob

on Feb 01, 2010 | GMC Sonoma Cars & Trucks

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Steering wheel not centered,when making a full turn feels like wheel is going to pop off


Could be a multitude of things. I've seen CV joints bad enough that when into a hard full turn at a relatively slow speed, the wheel does feel like it will come off. This doesn't exist as much at highway speeds. I would tend to think you are more likely to have a problem with the front suspension and tie rod ends than in the steering system itself.

You can visaully check the front end by turning your wheel hard left and crawling undeneath (usually dont have to be very much under the car) then check the "play", look for worn rubber bushings, rubber boots that are split, anything that looks obviously "bent" or anything leaking.. especially when the wheel is truned as far as it will go to the left. When one side of the the car shows wear on that axles and the other doesn't, you should notice a difference in the tread wear on one tire. Also if one side has bad CV joint and the other doesn't, you could experience symptoms like you mentioned

If you are hearing a "clicking noise" in turns, that is the bad CV joint. Even with a CV joint on tis way out, at higway speeds you will not really notice much. Only when you are turning especially when turning UP a grade.

If you have power steering, try this" on level ground start the engine and allow it to warm up. Have a friend stand in front of the car and on your signal, tell you the minute he sees the hweels begiun to turn as you slowly work the steering wheel one way, then the other. If you have turned your hands more than 2-3-4 inches from straight by the time your friend says he sees the wheel start to turn,. you have possible play in your steering system that could be dangerous.

You can also take a lug wrench and hand test the tighness of the wheel to the lugs or studs. After you have done the above and cannot dtermine the cause, I think it is time to take the car to the shop and have them put it on a lift for a full inspection.

Feb 28, 2013 | 1995 Ford Contour

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Steering wheel movement


Could be your tie rods coming out of the rack and pinion and attached to the wheels. Grasp the tie rod near where it attaches to the wheel and see if you can shake, twist or move it. If you feel any play or looseness at all in the tie rod joint, then it is worn badly. Both outer tie rods at each wheel should be replaced. If the outer tie rods are tight, you can't move them with your hands, then have a shop check your inner tie rods for wear. Have them check the ball joints for wear, also. Or you can raise the wheel off the ground. Be safety conscious. Grab the tire at top and bottom. Can the tire move in and out, feel play in the lower ball joints? Any side to side play in the wheel? Maybe you can spot the looseness at the tie rod or balljoint. Maybe you'd better let a shop look at it.
A CV joint wouldn't have those symptoms. A wheel bearing possibly, but usually accompanied by a grinding noise. Have it checked out.

Jun 20, 2012 | 1999 Ford Windstar

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I need help with my 1994 pontaic grand am. I just bought the car and it has a terrible clunking noise in the front mostly when I turn the wheel. What could this be? Could it be tie rod, cv joints,shocks or...


Jack up the wheel and see if it has play up and down and left and right. Have someone watch inboard as you move it. A bad cluck will usually show itself.

Jan 12, 2011 | 1994 Volkswagen Jetta

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We just bought a 2003 Alero, and wouldn't you know it make a loud clunk sound when we turn left, like pulling into a parking space. What could it be?


There are a few components that will cause a clunk such as yours.
Sway links and bushings, ball joint, strut mount, tie rod ends and lower control arm bushings.
If you recently purchased the car and it was checked over by a mechanic the most commonly missed item would be the control arm bushings.
I would suggest you take it to a front end specialist and have it looked over soon.
Hope this helps you.

KL

Apr 27, 2010 | 2003 Oldsmobile Alero

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When driving around corners the front end makes a wroubbling sound. on the straigth aways the sound gone. is it the CV joints? wheel bearings? U joints? or what should I be looking for? 98 Ford Escort zx2...


Does it happen turning in both direrctions? It could be cv joints. from a standstill,turn the wheel hard to the right and accelerate in a circle. do the same on a left turn. If you hear a clicking sound, it's bad cv joints. inspect the rubber boot for tears & stress cracks. once the grease escapes,the joint is no good

Feb 16, 2010 | 1998 Ford Escort

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WHEN I TRY TO TURN TO THE LEFT MY RIGHT TIRES LOCK AND DO NOT LET ME TURN.. IT MAKES A HORRIBLE NOISE AND I HAVE CHANGES THE BRAKES THAT IS NOT THE PROBLEM. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?


have the front suspension checked, in particular ball joints, tie rod ends and the steering parts. if that is a 4 wheel drive it is a distinct possiblilty that one of the cv (constant velocity) joints has failed. does it sound like a clicking sound or a chattering sound (like when the abs goes on)

Oct 29, 2009 | 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS

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1991 Oldsmobile 88 Royale loud clunk when turning??


Ball joint, tie rod end or upper strut bearing. CV joints? Pulling to the left may be an alignment problem with front or rear tires. Get a four wheel alignment.

Oct 23, 2008 | 1991 Oldsmobile 88

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Steering Binding


Is sound like u need to do a front wheels direction.take your machine to the closer garage.

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