I was hoping for some help troubleshooting a problem that just started we just started to notice on my wife’s 2009 Ford Focus. The noticed a knocking noise from the front wheels tonight when turning or coming out of a turn. To call it a knocking noise may be a bit dramatic - it’s probably more of a clunk or a more pronounced rubbing noise. It’s a noise that we can both feel in the floor boards. I haven’t driven it since the problem started, but my wife mentioned that there was a bit of side-to-side vibration in the steering wheel when it happens. Based on what I’ve read, it sounds like ball joints, but I can’t say for certain. She says that she hasn’t noticed any impact on how the car handles, but I’m sure it’s coming. We were planning on replacing the car in November, as it has become a bit of a problem child, but I am trying to figure out if a new car just became more of a priority. If the repair cost would be equal to or more than the down payment for a new car, I’d rather just expedite that process.
Any input you have would be appreciated!