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2004 toyota tacomo. what happen when crackling sound is made when steering wheel is turned maximum left and right?

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Here's what you need to do.

Check your ball joints, wheel bearings, and tie rod ends, first and foremost. I'll be willing to bet your problem is narrowed down into one (or more) of these three things.

Get the car on a floor jack and get the car up on jack stands. Get the car just high enough that the front wheels are far enough off the ground that you can comfortably fit your arm underneath the tire.

What I want you to do is check first for play in your tie rod ends and wheel bearings. Grab the sides of the tire at 3 O'clock and 9 O'clock and in a "push and pull" motion try to WIGGLE the wheel. If you feel ANY play at all, you need to get someone with a flashlight to watch the outer tie rod end or into the hub on the wheel bearing while you wiggle the wheel. They'll be able to pinpoint where the play is coming from. Do this same test to both front wheels. Make sure if you pinpoint a worn bearing or tie rod end, replace the part IMMEDIATELY. It is unsafe to drive around with either of these components worn out. You WILL need an alignment after this procedure.

Now, I want you to check for play in your ball joint(s). Grab the top/bottom of the tire at 12 O'Clock and 6 O'Clock and with that same "push and pull" motion, try to wiggle the wheel. If you get any "in-out play", get someone to look at the ball joints while you wiggle it and they'll be able to see whether they are bad or not. Replace the ball joints if they are bad and you should get an alignment after this is done.

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