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Unread 11-19-2011, 12:38 AM
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Default Popping Noise when turn or hit bump HELP!

Hey guys I haven't posted much here but am in dier need of some asisstance. I have an 04 cavalier. All stock as far as suspention goes, with 82,000 miles. Recently (past month or two) I have heard a popping when I turn the wheel hard at low speeds or when I hit a bump at low speeds. I took it to a local mechanic who checked my CV's and he said they were fine. No cracks and they felt strong.
So we check to see if my motor was moving to much because my breather was rubbing the top of my hood. It was, turned out to be my torque strut mount was bad. Replaced it and now it still makes the noise. The motor still moves quite a bit but none of my mounts are bad. I quess this is just normal for our cars.
I have heard it could be a bad strut, stearing colum needs to be regreased, ball joint. I plan on replacing my front struts ASAP and the rears eventually. I am going to have the guy check my ball joints as a safety procedure. If it is nothing big I can live with it but I just don't want to be going down the road and a wheel fall off or nothing. So thanks for any help.

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As far as immediate danger you will be fine. Most likely a bad strut. With 82k on it replacing struts should be done soon anyways so I would start with that. You can get a set for about 200 most places.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 05:01 AM
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It may just be a strut mount too, but with 82K on the clock, if they're original struts, they should be replaced as well.
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Shit, I got the same problem with 105k miles. Hopefully I can afford my lowering kit next spring.
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Well, when you swap the struts and springs, make sure to install new strut mounts too, and you'll be good to go.
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Sounds good guys. Thanks for all the help. One quick question. I can buy new struts from Andys Auto for about 70 a piece. For slightly better than OEM. But I can buy the whole Quick strut install kit on ebay for 128. Heres the link. Does anyone know if there is a known problem with these kind of "Deals". I won't be lowering or even racing, just as a daily driver kind of thing. I may have the car for two more years or so before I sell it. So roughly 30,000 more miles.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-QUICK-INST...item2a12260c3a
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I myself have never heard of that particular brand.
They may be fine, but if it were me, I'd search around online for any user reviews of the product before I'd buy them, just to be sure.

Also here is the same thing, from a well known company, with a good warranty, to consider also.
More expensive, I know, but in most cases you get what you pay for.

Just my opinion though...

Good luck, and let us know what you decide.
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Since I dont "have" to have it right now. I am just going to save up and do it right. If I had a bad shock that was causing a safety hazard I would go ahead and get the cheapos. Thanks for the help guys. Appreciate it.
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