Loud popping from wheel well - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
Thread Starter
 
SignOfZeta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: New Milford, CT
Posts: 2,284
Thanked 16 Times in 13 Posts
SignOfZeta has a spectacular aura aboutSignOfZeta has a spectacular aura about
Default Loud popping from wheel well

Happy new year, GM Forum. My car is ringing in the new year by being quiet the noisemaker.

I was taking off from a stop (with the wheels turned slightly to the right) and heard a couple loud pops from the front driver'* side wheel well. I also had one pop yesterday as I was going through a right curve at about 55 miles per hour. It also did it (quietly) once a couple weeks ago while going in a straight line, but I thought I was driving over ice.

I don't feel any play in the steering, and I still can drive in a near-straight line without touching the wheel. Though it feels like a misfire, the tach doesn't bounce when this happens, and there are no check engine codes (besides my usual P0420). Spark plugs and wires are fairly new.

Additionally, I think my TC is not going into lockup. The RPM'* seem to be as low as they should be (about 1500 RPM at 47 mph), but pressing the brake doesn't make the tach rise like it normally does.

My fluid looks beautiful and bright red, but is a pint low, and there seems to be a leak from the pan area. When my pan started leaking last year, I had these exact symptoms, minus the car-shaking popping from the wheel. (And yes, I am a few thousand miles away from needing a fluid/filter change.)

I'll top off the fluid today, and make plans for a fluid/filter change, but any thoughts on that sickening popping sound?
SignOfZeta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
Senior Member
Posts like a Corvette
 
94 olds vert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,548
Thanked 22 Times in 20 Posts
94 olds vert will become famous soon enough94 olds vert will become famous soon enough
Default

Ball joints like to make popping sounds at random times when they are starting to go bad. If they've never been replaced they are probably bad.
94 olds vert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
Retired Senior Admin

Expert Gearhead
 
Danthurs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sheboygan Wisconsin
Posts: 29,661
Thanks: 0
Thanked 16 Times in 13 Posts
Danthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to all
Default

Check the sway bar end links. They like to pop loud when they are starting to go. Even if it looks good, look real close, the inside part can bend and still look fine on the outside part, which is plastic.
Danthurs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
Thread Starter
 
SignOfZeta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: New Milford, CT
Posts: 2,284
Thanked 16 Times in 13 Posts
SignOfZeta has a spectacular aura aboutSignOfZeta has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Danthurs View Post
Check the sway bar end links. They like to pop loud when they are starting to go. Even if it looks good, look real close, the inside part can bend and still look fine on the outside part, which is plastic.
I've had a sway bar end link break before, and it didn't sound like that at all. Still, I found my torque wrench over the holidays, so I'll go check the torque on those nuts later today.

Those end links are the only non-factory-installed parts sitting behind my wheels… as if that narrows it down.
SignOfZeta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2012, 05:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: bloomington, in
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
bobc997615 is on a distinguished road
Default

I'd say the left ball joint is bad if it is "popping" on right turns. I had the same issue with my right ball joint earlier this year. It gets real scary when the camber & toes changes at the same time during a turn.

You have to raise the car by the frame, then "unload" the lower control arm to check for ball joint play. The sway bar "loads" the lower control arm against the ball joint. Or you can remove the sway bar link to check the ball joint.

Took me 4 months to figure out what was wrong with my 92 SSE.

Good Luck.
bobc997615 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2012, 05:14 PM   #6
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
Thread Starter
 
SignOfZeta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: New Milford, CT
Posts: 2,284
Thanked 16 Times in 13 Posts
SignOfZeta has a spectacular aura aboutSignOfZeta has a spectacular aura about
Default

I drove about 500 miles this week (I was busy) with no noise.

Yesterday, I jacked up the car and tried shaking the tire, but nothing would give. I took off the tire and shook everything around. No leaks, no torn boots, and no play in anything. (Bob, I forgot to undo the sway bar — I'll try that on the next warm day.)

The only thing I've actually done to the car since the popping went away was add about a pint of transmission fluid.
SignOfZeta is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Popping when I turn the wheel - What is it? NWASSEi 2000-2005 17 06-01-2009 08:17 PM
Popping noise over bumps on front right wheel Hans 1992-1999 7 01-14-2007 05:53 PM
Popping/clicking sound when wheel is turned Lowrider0308 2000-2005 12 12-19-2004 06:24 PM
Loud popping sound when using remote entry Scott85 1992-1999 6 07-07-2004 12:03 PM
Well Well Well ratmfan2118 Lounge 30 05-23-2004 01:34 PM


Tags
1997, 4t60, axle, bonneville, cv joint, fluid, pontiac, pop, se, transmission

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:53 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.