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Front end popping noise....

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by broncoman6524, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    ok when ever the truck is sitting and i crank the wheel about 2"to the left i can hear/feel a popping noise turnit back about 4" and it does it again. as i start to accelerate and try to do it it doesnt make the noise nor do i feel it. unless i turn realy quick and sharply.

    WTF!? could this be a loose tie rod or are my ball joints goin bad? I put a diff steering box on to see if that did anything and unless theyre both F*cked then idk. lol (it wasnt a new box)
     
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    I was thinking pitman arm,until you swapped out boxes.
     
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    Check the frame for cracks around the steering box.
     
  4. broncoman6524

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    i kept the same pitman arm. could i not have tightened the bolt enough? after i swapped boxes my steering got infinently tighter,
     
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    There you go.
     
  6. sandawgk5

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    Mine makes that noise and it is the bottom leaf in the spring pack slipping back and forth. The only way to check it is to have some one move the wheel while you look at **** under the hood.

    Ira
     
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    x2 on the leaf packs. mine made the same popping noise from the springs. swapped springs and it went away for the most part. still does it every once in a while but not very often.
     
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    X3 on the spring packs, my suburban did that for awhile and I thought the frame was cracked:doah: turned out one of the drivers side ubolts wasnt tightened down enough
     
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    I had a cracked steering arm, until it snapped, luckinly i was parked. BUT now i have the same kind of noise, maybe i will check my leaf springs like everybody says.
     
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    My truck was making that sound too. the driver side u-bolts were not tight. After I tightend them it would still make a slight popping sound turning to the left. thats when I found a crack between two of the bolt holes in the frame behind the steering box. mending plates fixed that.
     
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    CRAP Mine is making tha same noise and same feeling in the steering, only turning left and it feels like the wheel is draging a hair when I turn that way
     
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    what do you do to solve this? just tighten the u-bolts or is there more to it?
     
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    My old man's 82' did the same thing. We started with ball joints, went to wheel bearings, steering U-joints, and tie rods. Nothing worked, so we went to the springs. We put poly bushings in and it solved it. So I agree with the others, check the springs
     
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    it is my springs and they already have polys...idk maybe tis the aal coming loose and kinda floppn lol.
     
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    shot in the dark... body mounts?
     
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    I dunno I havent done anything. I would imagine that you could replace the center pin with an allen bolt and get it way tight. A 3/8 cap screw is the same size as a leaf spring center pin and is what I run on my rear springs. I just have not taken the time to do the front.

    Ira
     
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    its funny because thats exactly what i did, and i just now read this.
     
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    I found that my driverside spring perch's center hole had become elongated from ubolts being loose. New perch, Old news
     

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