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Unread 09-29-2009, 03:19 PM   #16
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Could be the ball joints in the knuckles - mine are shot and when I turn in reverse out of a parking spot you hear a pop sound.

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Unread 09-30-2009, 01:14 AM   #17
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Could be the ball joints in the knuckles - mine are shot and when I turn in reverse out of a parking spot you hear a pop sound.
I am having the same issue as you Scott. When I reverse and turn the wheel to the right it seems to pop on the front left wheel. I can feel it under my feet if they are on the cab floor. I guess it is the knuckle ball joint, makes sense really. I also have some bad bushings though which I am swapping out for Daystar poly's over the next couple of weeks so this may remedy it a little I hope.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 11:32 AM   #18
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I am having the same issue as you Scott. When I reverse and turn the wheel to the right it seems to pop on the front left wheel. I can feel it under my feet if they are on the cab floor. I guess it is the knuckle ball joint, makes sense really. I also have some bad bushings though which I am swapping out for Daystar poly's over the next couple of weeks so this may remedy it a little I hope.
I already checked the balljoints. I lifted up the front tires and gave em a healthy shake front and back and there was no movement.

I'm fairly certain I've managed to wear out the track bar. I can do it from a dead stop and standing outside of the vehicle with a hand on the wheel moving it back and forth about 120* I can get it to pop every time. I put a foot on the wheel most recently and I can't feel it very well at all but when I placed my hand on the top of the fender I could feel it very clearly when it popped. so if it isn't the track bar I feel I can confidently say it's most definitely something attached to the unibody.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 11:39 AM   #19
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That is exactly to the T of what mine is doing.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 01:59 PM   #20
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I had that 2 weeks ago, the trackbar bolts were loose and did the exact same thing. I called it a rolling creak, it would creak and groan when i turned the wheel in park and when driving it would pop, pop, pop....The place where the trackbar connects to the "frame" were loose....

Tighten the **** out of all the trackbar bolts.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 06:33 PM   #21
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I managed to get under it while I had somebody turn the wheel and the bushing on the track bar creaks with a ton of play. it probably has about 1/2 inch of movement left-right. I think my overly zealous buddy managed to cook the bushing when he welded the washer on. the only other thing it could be is one of my control arms. I put a hand on most everywhere except the control arms and I could feel it pop on the track bar but it didn't transfer over to the steering linkage.

edit: repeated the test but this time checking the control arms on the drivers side and the best place where I can feel it pop is the track bar.
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