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This suddenly started this morning. While turning left or right I hear loud popping, springing sounds, almost like springs catching on something or breaking. Any idea what this may be, how to repair it, and most importantly, is it dangerous? This is my friend's car. We both have no choice but to use this to get to our jobs. I'm borrowing it because mine is broken down, so this is a very uncomfortable situation for me. In case you're wondering, i'm a very cautious and easy driver. You can hear the issue quite well in the youtube video I've posted here. Thanks for any advice!


 

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This suddenly started this morning. While turning left or right I hear loud popping, springing sounds, almost like springs catching on something or breaking. Any idea what this may be, how to repair it, and most importantly, is it dangerous? This is my friend's car. We both have no choice but to use this to get to our jobs. I'm borrowing it because mine is broken down, so this is a very uncomfortable situation for me. In case you're wondering, i'm a very cautious and easy driver. You can hear the issue quite well in the youtube video I've posted here. Thanks for any advice!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p03p1C8zIMs
The sound you hear may not be a spring, but Nissan has a recall for front spring failures for that year. Check with any Nissan dealer, provide them with the vin number, and they can tell you if your friends car has had its springs replaced. It is at NO COST to the owner!! My 2009 versa sedan was parked in the driveway when the front drivers side spring let go.
 

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That noise is definitely not normal. When my 2007 Versa front springs broke, it was one time noise. It is not when turning steering wheel. It is hard to say where is the problem. Search this forum for steering noise. Good luck find the source of the problem.
 

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Sounds like a bad cvc joint. If you crank the steering wheel all the way left or right and drive in circles does it keep making noises as you move or none at all? If none at all then its either the steering U joint down by your feet or the power steering motor up under the dash by your knees.

Can you feel it in the dash or by your feet?
 

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It's not bad CV joints. That would be a higher pitched click click click that would change with speed.

When were the lower control arms replaced? It does have a ball joint clunk.
Other possibilites are steering shaft binding, failing tie rods, steering rack.

Take it to a shop YESTERDAY and get it looked at. I would not drive the car until it was fixed.
 

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Strangely enough the sound was not present at all when I left work yesterday, and steering was perfect. The steering itself never actually felt weird, it was just that sound and 'springy' vibrations. It was not present today either. Could something have simply gotten caught up in there from the road and then worked its way out? I'm hoping it doesn't come back.
 

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could be sub frame bushings. i felt alot of binding and clunking in my steering before noticing they were shot. if you can't do it, its an expensive repair as you need to remove a cross member. lot of $$ in labor.
 

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I worked at sears tire america for 6 weeks. The do free inspections of your vehicle to trouble shoot noises, feelings, vibrations, etc.
 
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