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Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot off
the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't hear it.
I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot for the right
front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or broken. Is it
possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot is not broken?
Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on this would be
appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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I guessing that it's your cv that's gone bad. Any good mechanic can check
it and tell you if it's bad.
"John516" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
> a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
> when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
> stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
> right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot off
> the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't hear it.
> I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot for the right
> front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or broken. Is it
> possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot is not broken?
> Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on this would be
> appreciated. Thanks in advance.
>
 
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John516, 4/20/2006, 11:10:20 AM,
<[email protected]> wrote:

> Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
> a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
> when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
> stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
> right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot
> off the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't
> hear it. I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot
> for the right front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or
> broken. Is it possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot
> is not broken? Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on
> this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


My first guess would be the CV joint is bad. My second guess would be
some suspension part is worn or damaged.
 
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"John516" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
> a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
> when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
> stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
> right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot off
> the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't hear it.
> I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot for the right
> front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or broken. Is it
> possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot is not broken?
> Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on this would be
> appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Usually, when a CV starts to wear-out, you can see the wheel concerned
jerking on a slow turn where you or an observer watches the wheel.
What makes the noise, is the balls in the CV joint travelling back and forth
in their worn tracks. As the balls go past a worn piece of track, they then
reach lessor worn track which causes them to jerk as they accomodate the
wider clearance. Its a bit hard to describe,..but thats my best description.

At highway speed and on long sweeping curves, a noisy CV will make a
definate "thrum thrum" noise, not dissimilar noise when drummimg your
fingers on a table.

The only other thing which canmake a similar noise is loose wheel-nuts or
lugs.

Jason
 

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Similar problem. Need to fix ASAP, please help!

I'm having a similar problem, though I don't believe it's the same issue. The car is also a 97 Camry, automatic with the 5s-fe 4cyl. I recently did the timing belt and water pump. For the following week since then, there has been a popping sound coming from the passenger side of the engine bay. At first, it only happened when shifting into reverse from park. Now it happens more frequently and also while driving. It seems to happen when the chassis's weight shifts or when load is changed on the engine. . . leading me to think it is a motor mount. The pop/clunk noise is pretty loud, and only occurs one at a time, never in succession. I can kind of feel it when it happens, too which is a little unsettling. I looked at the engine while someone shifted into reverse from park. It seems the angle of the motor changes quite a bit.

The real question I have is how would I go about accurately diagnosing this problem? I have good reason to believe it is not my CV joint as this has never occurred during a turn. The only mount removed during the TB install was the top right "dogbone" engine rod that mounts to the strut tower. IIRC, there is a lower mount on that side as well? Which mount should I check, and how would I diagnose it? Any help (sooner than later) would be great and very helpful as we are making a trip to Colorado from North Carolina in two days! Please reply here or even feel free to text me at my personal number (540)446-8604. The name's Wilke. Thanks!
 
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