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popping sound when turning!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by woods, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. woods

    woods Registered Member

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    I just put a rough country 4 susp lift, all spring lift,all new shocks, all new steering stabilizier. When you turn the steering wheel 1/4 a turn left or right it will make a dull pop noise. I rechecked all the bolts on the susp all tight, and there isnt any sign of anything moving(i.e. no shining spots around the bolts/washers)

    So I had my friend turn the steering wheel back and forth to make it pop.

    Checked the drag linkage couldnt feel it there
    checked the steering box couldnt feel it there
    checked the steering shaft to the steering wheel not there
    checked the tie rod not there

    the closest we could locate where the pop was coming from was when we put our head between the 2 frame rails and below the radiator, also I did a quick check and didnt see any sign of the frame around the steering box to be cracked, but I didnt think to put my hand on the frame, maybe ill do it later

    any ideas on what to check?

    thanks,
    woods
     
  2. js4x4

    js4x4 1/2 ton status

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    does it 'pop, pop, pop' while turningand while its rolling?? Is so, bearings.
     
  3. justhorsinaround

    justhorsinaround 3/4 ton status

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    Ball jonts?
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Either the frame is cracked or the crossmember is tweaking (that's rather normal, I'm replacing my crossmember rivets with bolts to prevent this soon).

    If you don't have the steering brace (bolt on) GET IT NOW. I have two for sale that I have left, ORD sells them, but whatever you do, GET ONE ON THERE!!
     
  5. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    I have this same prob??? I also have a steering box brace. The steering is fine but when I turn left there is a subtle pop only at a certain point in the turn. I have not been able to figure it out also /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  6. ahx

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    i had this problem and it turned out to be the plastic bushing type things in between the leaf springs. the springs would actually rub each other when the wheel was turned. Dont ask me why or how. I had to get new spring shackles to keep them tight.
     
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    Can you make the same pop noise if you come to a hard stop?
     
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    Are you talking about the little plastic piece that goes between the perch and springs?
     
  9. woods

    woods Registered Member

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    js4x4
    if I turn it slow it will kinda of grind more then pop, at a dead stop

    84_Chevy_K10
    its a 1988 k5 blazer the biggest tires on it are 31's for the history of the truck

    heavy4x4
    tommorrow when I head to work ill do an oh [censored] stop and see if it pops

    also when I had the truck jacked up eariler that day I couldnt make my tires move at all up and down(12 o'clock and 6 o'clock) when looking at the tire, I would grab the top and bottom of the tires and shake the whole truck trying to get the ball joints to flex or pop, if I jack the front axle up so theres no weight on the ball joints except the weight of the tires and rims, it will still pop while turning left or right at different spots while turning
     
  10. ahx

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    i can almost bet it's your spings rubbing. thats the exact sounding problem i had. have someone move the wheel back and forth and watch the springs.
     
  11. down4thakrown

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    did it do it before you put the lift on?
    if so i'd say ball joints
     
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    I had a popping sound as well. It was coming from the front spring hangers. When I installed my new springs and greaseable bushing set from off-road designs, I noticed that the front spring hangers were worn from the steel bushing insert. Apparently, the previous owner drove around with loose bolts that created movement especially while turning that created pockets in the metal that cause a popping sound. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    My vote is for the spring bushings. I had the same problem with a set of greasable bushings that would slide from side to side when turning due to a broken bushing.
     
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    With standard push pull steering alot of force gets placed on the drivers side front spring bushing. If you have it to tight it may be the insert popping back and forth in there as the spring moves.

    The push pull steering, especially while stopped, tries to move the whole axle assmebly forward and backward while it tries to steer the tires. The steering is moving the axle and the axle is connected to the spring so it is also trying to move the spring. That is my vote.

    Harley
     
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    I have x over and mine does exactly the same thing /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif I think I will check the springs out. Glad you posted this thread up /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I agree. If everythings tight, the frame is cracked.
    It cured the popping on my truck after fixing it.
     
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    I also have a popping or clunking sound sometimes when I stop fast or take off fast. Sounds like it comes from near the tcase but it could be the spring bushings I guess. I have the ORD greasable ones too. What are they supposed to be torqued to??? I think I did them to 50 ft/lbs
     
  18. woods

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    thanks for all the input guys, but it was a very simple fix, the front U-bolts weren't tight enough cranked them down alittle more and no more popping when turning
     
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    My truck does this, it's the front spring eye bushings.
     
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    My truck does this, it's the front spring eye bushings.

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    What about a loud chirp when turning, kinda like a tire peeling out?
     

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