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I have a 2004 f150 fx 4x4 I am getting a clicking and a popping noise when I turn sharply. I have raised the front end and checked the bearing and it seemed good and tight and i just had it replaced about 8 months ago. I was wondering if you thought it could be a cv joint or something else. thanks for any info!!

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Sounds like the cv joint

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