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Old 09-23-2005, 09:18 AM   #1
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I have a loud clunking/popping sound when I turn the wheel coming from the right side front. I just finished installing a new wheel bearing a short while ago and now this. I inspected the swaybar and endlink look good. After searching a ton of posts I am thinking it is a strut bearing. Any thought and help would be greatly appreciated.

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May be the strut bearing, but also check out the tie rod end and ball joint. You don't want those coming apart while you are zipping down the road.
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remove the underhood dust cover, turn wheels all the way to the right, and apply 90w gear oil to the four exposed holes. if the clunking stops it was a dry bearing surface.
I did this a couple times at every oil change and my clunking stopped altogether.
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Well, I changed the tie rod as it was worn. However, that was not the problem. So I removed the dust covers and had someone turn the wheels, and after listening and feeling I am convinced the strut bearings are not the problem. It seems to come from right near the axle. I am going to take it to a front end shop to see if they can figure it out. Thanks for you help thought guys
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Let us know what it was when you find out.
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the noise on a faulty upper strut bearing does not come from the bearing itself, it comes from the coil spring turning on the mount. Kinda makes a boing, - if I spelled that right. Booong>?
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Well I found the problem. It turned out to be a defective brand new wheel bearing. Infact two defective wheel bearings.

Heres a quick summary
Pulled the worn bearing due to noise
Installed a new unit and cracking noise started
Removed new unit and installed a second new unit, cracking problem still there
Removed second unit and installed third - Problem Solved.

I have changed these damn things so much I could win an Olympic event changing them. lol

So in summary stay away from cheaply made Made in China parts.
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WOW! Who would have thought? Congratulations for getting it fixed and thanks for letting us know what it was
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