Grinding noise when turning left

Ted Fisher fisherwc at
Thu Apr 24 13:47:38 EDT 2003

Had a similar problem and it went away when we discovered that the big
circular nut that holds the front shocks in the strut housing was loose.
Took a big pair of channel locks and tighten both nuts up. No longer
have strange noises coming from left front end. Easy and cheap to try.


Derek Pulvino wrote:

> Pat,
> I've noticed the same in my car for some time as well, and the source has
> baffled me.  It sounds a lot like a CV, but the boot is fine.  And, it
> does
> only happen at or very near full lock...going left.
> I can definetely tell it's from the front left wheel, but not sure what's
> causing it.  Somebody had suggested maybe a bad ball joint, allowing
> excess
> movement, but I imagine if that was the case I'd hear going both
> directions,
> and I'd have some tracking issues...not the case.
> I too am confused on this one.
> Derek P
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> I have developed a grinding noise when turning left. It is not very
> loud (a=
> t least not yet) and I only heard it when I had the window down the
> other d=
> ay. It really doesn't seem to be load dependent. I did some swerving
> down t=
> he street and the loading/unloading really didn't get the noise to pop
> up. =
> It really seems to be dependent on the angle of the wheels. When only
> turni=
> ng the wheels a little bit, no noise. But if I make a tight turn I can
> hear=
> the grinding noise. If the grinding were constant regardless of turn
> angle=
> I would suspect a wheel bearing. But I am thinking more along the
> lines of=
> a CV joint or something in the steering rack. Anybody had this
> symptom? An=
> y ideas?
> Patrick
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