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Old 11-17-2013, 03:27 PM
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Popping Noise In Front End While Turning

I'm getting a singular popping noise in the front end during slow speed turning. Noise just started, but have had a ready lift 2.5" leveling kit on the truck for 3 months, with stock size BFG A/T tires.

Seems to do it while turning left or right - and doesn't have to be full lock turning.

Truck has 31,000 miles and except for the leveling kit total stock.

It has been fairly wet the last two days, so I haven't had a chance to crawl under it to see if anything is obvious. But any thoughts anyone has, I would appreciate.
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My buddies 11 did that from day1 of its life. Turned out to be a cab mount and it had a tsb for it.
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Ya check the cab mounts. Loosen them or remove the bolt completely from one and see if the noise goes away. I had to do this on my 06 GMC Duramax
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Mine does this too but only when it's wet outside. What exactly should we check the mounts for? To see if they're loose?

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Could be overtight or ****ed. I would loosen to see if noise goes away then re-torque.
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:19 AM
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Took a quick look this morning. In my case I don't think it has anything to do with the body mounts. Looks like the jam bolts on the drag link are hitting the sway bar when the wheel is turned, and there is a little bit of body roll. Not sure how it happened, but the drag link adjustment has come out of the lock. See the photos. The angle of the shots makes it look like it will always hit - but on flat ground it will clear, just barely.

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:30 AM
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I'll have to take a look at that. Mine is lifted 4.5 inches but I guess if everything is dropped down to be like stock then it'll hit too.

I didn't think it was something with the body mounts because I can watch my tire while I turn and when it pops the tire kind of jumps like something was binding in the steering.

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:43 AM
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My sway bar is dropped down to compensate for the level kit. Hadn't really studied it, but I'm guessing so long as those bolts aren't sticking straight up on the draglink then there should be clearance. I need an alignment anyway, so I'll get them to check it all out anyway.

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Old 01-04-2014, 07:38 AM
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Kinda think mine does this as well. Almost sounds like something is loose when it makes the noise. Only does it every so often on a couple of different turns.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:08 AM
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Another place you may wanna check is the nut on the pitman arm (connection to steering box). Mine had backed off some and was causing it make a popping sound while turning. I tightend the nut and bought a new nut and used some lock tight, and all is good now.
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