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Ahhh, that popping sound when you turn the wheels all the way

Discussion in '1st Gen - 1997 - 2002' started by Machete, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Machete

    Machete My Rig. 2000 EB 4x4 5.4L

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    Every once on a while, not always, turning the wheel all the way to park or back out of a parking space I hear and I think feel that pop sound. Wonder what that could be??

    Also, I check my oil level and color constantly. This week from Tuesday till today I’ve driven over 600 miles all highway.

    I use non ethanol exclusively and I have about 3000 miles on this oil (sino). I notice I turns from that light honey color to a darker color but never black pretty quickly like already.

    Could this be because I run non ethanol gas? Ethanol being a good cleaning agent. Am I carboning up my oil sooner? Hmmm.
     
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    Ball joint and/or tie rod end.
     
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    Or CV if 4wd.

    Starting to nickel and dime you.....
     
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    Machete My Rig. 2000 EB 4x4 5.4L

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    Yeah. Nickel here dime there. Soon time to find another runner for the highways.

    But then again ties and/or ball joints aren’t expensive and I know if I spend $20k on something used I’ll run it into the ground even faster.

    This truck just runs hard for me. This week from Tuesday to Thursday I did almost 600 miles driving up and back the west coast Florida in 90 degree heat at 80 mph and no oil consumption.
     
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    Machete My Rig. 2000 EB 4x4 5.4L

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    What about my ethanol theory?
     
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    How’s your PCV?


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    I use e-85 almost exclusively and my engine is clean and no emissions issues. I also use ford synthetic blend oil and filter and I think that’s important
     
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    Doesn’t sound fuel related. Mine does the same thing and I’m due for upper and lower ball joints.
     
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    When I had a bad (worn pretty bad) upper ball joint on an S10 Blazer it would pop at low speed when turning the steering wheel - and I could feel it in the streering wheel.

    When I had bad u-joints in the front of the 1990 F150 4WD I could hear it when backing up/moving forward at low speed and turning the steering wheel - like back up between some trees in the woods to set up a camp. It only did that with the hubs locked in and in 4WD. Loud popping noise I could hear with the windows open.

    The one time I had a bad constant velocity joint is was more of a clicking (or very subdued popping??) noise at low speed when turning to the left (right side).
     

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