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When You push the throttle and when you com to a stop my truck makes a popping sound from the front end. I have changed both upper ball joints, the iddler arm and the pitman arm with no change. What could this noise be?

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Hello, before change a lot of parts of your transmision, you should chek well... i guess that you are having some problems with the stabilizer, this one is taking all of the weigt transfered to the front or from the front side on accelerating or decelerating cycles; but allwais... should chek well if it exist a problem with the part that we are thinking to change. good luck!

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