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Driver side front noise

I was curious if you guys had any ideas. I hear a loud popping noise and it seems to be getting worse. I have a 7.3 exursion and it only happens when I make a turn and go over a slight curb. When it is in a turn and over a curb it makes a loud pop it almost sounds like something broke. Is that a ball joint issue or something with steering? Thanks for your help all!
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jack up your truck and check your wheel bearings and ball joints. Grab your tire and see if anything is moving. Grab each side and pull out to check for wheel bearing play and top and bottom to check for ball joint...

There also could be other issues as well. A friend had one of his leaf spring bushings go out and it made a similar noise. My advice, just get two jack stands, jack up your truck and place one on each side of the axle. That way your entire front end is up off the ground. Then have a friend turn the wheel and watch everything. Also grab and pull, push to see if anything else is loose!!

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I will try that this evening thanks for your input Layson. I replaced the passenger side wheel bearing hub assembly about 20,000 miles ago so it shouldnt be that. It could be the driver side for sure. Hoping not but it is probably only a matter of time before that bearing needs replaced. I am thinking the ball joints could be done for too. This truck has 230K and I bought it with 164K and am not sure what the previous owner replaced as far as suspension components go. This is the best truck I have ever owned and it has been fun to learn how to work on them. Thanks to this site with everyones' love and knowledge of these trucks it sure has been major help to me and everybody else for sure!
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