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Hi, I own one Freelander2, 2008, HSE 3.2HP(Runs on gasoline) and I have been listening to a noise whenever I make turns. I went do the Land Rover 's Dealer and the suspension arm has been replaced 02 times on both sides. Last time they even used a "superglue" as an alternative so solve the problem. After a litle awhile the strange sounds returned. How can it be fixed ? Anybody knows something about it ? Is it common on this model ? Thanks, Cesar Martins

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Hello,
What you are hearing is probably a "pop pop pop pop" as you are turning the corner. This is a the sound a ball joint makes when it is dried up and worn out. When you say "super-glue as an alternative" do you mean they super glued the boot together? The boot is the rubber boot encompassing the ball joint. This is not a good practice at all. So it sounds like your tire rod ball joint on that side is completely shot. When this one is replaced make sure to grease the Zerk fitting and all your Zerk fittings with grease. If one greases all the Zerk fittings on their vehicle and the boot never ruptures then that joint should never go bad again. If you have never done this before then I will suggest to have a shop replace that tire rod and you may need an alignment afterwards too. As for is it common with your model, well, so much with the newer vehicles the manufacture makes "sealed" ball joints. The problem is not with the model so much as the problem with many companies doing this. With a "sealed" ball joint there is nothing to grease. So when they go bad the only option is replacement and with no fitting they will go bad eventually. Once a replacement is on then one needs to keep it greased or it too will go bad in time.

Regards, Tony

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