Very loud popping and excessive noise turning steering wheel...

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  1. DavidT

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    I just bought a 92 with 179k miles. In the last 7 years, it has only been driven 2k miles. Pretty sure it's been outside possibly. South Carolina car. Supposedly never wrecked.
    Besides the noise, the steering wheel feels fairly tight, also it pulls to one direction somewhat.
    I am gathering parts for a mechanic to fix it. I'm HOPING axels and cv boots. What else should I have on hand?

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    Hoses & fluid (possibly rack) in the steering system would be my first worry. Does it happen even when the car is not moving? You will want to flush/replace all fluids (yes even manual trans fluid) first thing before even using the car a little bit.

    Can you describe the popping sound, is it related to any action you take with the car? Or does it happen while the engine is idling even? To give you an idea of suspension/steering components that can create this noise:
    https://www.2carpros.com/articles/popping-noise

    Definitely will have to have the car up on a lift to check it out from underneath.
     
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    Very informative article, thanks! I will update later with better details about the noise. ..

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    Good luck!
     
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    You could also post a video with sound
     
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    Many years ago when I had my ATX rear subframe bushing break on one side it did the exact same thing. Until I took a turn and the other side broke too.
     
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    Could be wheel bearing, subframe, CV, tie rod, LCA
     
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    Thanks for all the input. Should I wait to change the transmission fluid AFTER I get the axels done? How much fluid is lost during an axel job?
    Hope to post a video later. ..

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    Well, the sound can be made with the car sitting still. Also as I pull into my driveway (the entrance is an incline from the road) the car feels like a wheel leaves the ground. .. like a see saw, lol.
     
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    Possibly a front strut mount/bearing failed. Sticks, then releases and pops as wheel is turned. Makes steering stiff.
     
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    I'm put it up on stands and turn the wheel. Does it still do it unloaded?
     
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    Update
    So I gathered up parts and took to a mechanic. Subframe bushings, axels, strut mounts/bearings. Based on the input here, I kind of ruled out axels, but had them on hand anyways.
    He did the strut mounts/bearings. Said it didn't need the other parts. He took it for a test drive, aND decided it needs struts too...but it would take another day or two to get them. I went ahead and got my car back. It's still noisy, but not quite as bad. Would he not have seen the struts were bad WHEN he did the mounts and bearings? The sound now only comes from the right side, turning either direction.
    Btw, the strut mounts and bearings came from oreillys. Master Pro fm-1020
     
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    So with that being said, and assuming he is right. ... would I need to do springs as well?
    Also, I had him check the parking brake cable. If I am on a hill, it doesn't seem to lock the car solidly, lol. He said the cable might be stretched. He did say that if you pump the brake pedal, the parking brake will hold it tight. Sure enough, he was right. Why is that? On a side note, the ABS light is lit up... don't know why that would affect this problem though. ..
     
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    My 90 did that, new ball joints and strut mounts & strut bearings fixed the problem. I had a super coupe that had new ball joints with less than 5k on them start making noise like that and then failed shortly after.
     

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