Popping sound alternatives

toyota
sequoia

#1

Greetings all, I’m a bit of a newbie at the car repair. But I enjoy doing it and it saves me money.

My wife has a 2002 Toyota Sequoia that has developed a popping sound when turning and accelerating. I researched it and it sounds like its a bad CV joint. I inspected both sides but all the boots look fine. Aged but no tears or signs of grease. Before I take it apart, is there anything else it could be?

Thanks in advance


#2

A worn ball joint can make that sound.

To find out, place a jack under the lower control arm and raise the vehicle until the tire is about 4-6" off the ground. That will unload the lower ball joint.

While watching the lower ball joint, have someone place a pry device under the tire, (a length of 2X4 or pipe) and have them lift up and release the tire.

If the ball joint is worn, you’ll see it.

Tester


#3

Many thanks. I’ll try that.