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Good idea!^ if you can get the endlinks off without mangling the hex insert hole or nut, go ahead and take them off and see if the noise persists.

I assume you've already checked the ball joints?

Both sides were replaced a year or two ago with Moog.
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Steering Wheel rack bushings?......Springs not "seated" properly?...Front Endlink hitting Strut??

Rack bushings, not something I am familiar with. Does this involve replacing the entire rack?
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Both sides were replaced a year or two ago with Moog.
Moog quality was downhill for a while, so don't rely on the name. Maybe Moog has improved to be where it was before, but it's worth checking.

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It is sad that I can reproduce this noise and still cannot pinpoint it. A video is worth a thousand words?

Listen to when I am hitting the gas and the car is put under a bind. The noise is deeper in real life, because of the camera it sounds like more of a light clicking. While doing this I have the wheel turned to the far right and going up my driveway into my garage. Remember it only does this during a sharp turn, more pronounced going uphill.

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Here is a second one from a different angle, ignore the transmission noises. You cannot even hear it from around the car. The noise is at the 55 second mark.


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I'm curious if the control arm bushings are worn or if it's a strut linkage. There seems to me a lot of movement in the steering system, which is indicative of worn bushings. Have you put the front end up on jack stands and performed wiggle movements to determine possible sources?

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I'm curious if the control arm bushings are worn or if it's a strut linkage. There seems to me a lot of movement in the steering system, which is indicative of worn bushings. Have you put the front end up on jack stands and performed wiggle movements to determine possible sources?

Well like I said the entire control arm on both sides have been replaced and they are tight as they can be. The video may look like the steering system has movement but it definitely does not look light it to me. The wheel is tight and there is no play that I can tell. I will take a crowbar to everything and see if there is any play. Yeah I have the car up in the air off and one for weeks now and everything feels super tight. Like I said, most everything is new....

end links - front and back
front control arms, entire assembly.
all shocks and struts replaced
cv axles - 5 years old
front tie rod ends - 2 years old and still feel super tight
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As a test I drove up to the local elementary school since they have a large parking lot. Turning the wheel to the sharp right in a circle did nothing, but applying a slight amount of gas now makes a repeated loud clunk noise every half a second. So nothing without gas applied but with gas applied clunk...clunk....clunk. My thought is the extra pressure on that axle from applying the gas is putting something in that outer axle in a bind. Feels like that CV axle is bad. Thoughts?
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I pulled the CV axle tonight, took an hour to change it out. That was definitely the problem. The knuckle toward the wheel absolutely had play in it, it also felt really tight like it was seizing up.
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I pulled the CV axle tonight, took an hour to change it out. That was definitely the problem. The knuckle toward the wheel absolutely had play in it, it also felt really tight like it was seizing up.
Wow. Glad you discovered the issue and followed up with it. That will be helpful for people who may have a similar issue in the future.

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