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Ive had this problem for as long as ive had the car, and i figure its about time i do something about it. or at least try.

When parked, when you turn the wheel from one point back to the other, you can feel in the steering a sort of poping. The wheel turns fine, nice and smooth, but it pops once or twice when you turn it.

And when your moving (you can feel it greater when your moving 5-15) you can feel it also. Like when im coming up to a stop light i can turn it left then right (just enough to turn the steering wheel, not enough to really turn the car) it will pop each time i turn the opposite direction.

I am not familiar with the mx6's steering system (nor am i really familiar with steering systems at all) so i really dont know what it could be.


any help is greatly apreciated.

colin.
 

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nobody?


c'mon ladys
 

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well. im not sure if it could be this.. i replaced my lower control arms with fresh bushing all around and tie rod inners and outers and i still get that popping. ive heard rumors that rack and pinions fail after 75k miles. my 190k 93 or my 215k 95 have never been replaced and both have the popping. it may be a failing rack and pinion. im going to have mine replaced hopefully within the next 2-3 weeks. i can let you know then if that's what it is...

oh.. and my rack is definitely failing as it's starting to leak some power steering fluid. gotta top off once every week or so.
 

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yeah. my only thought was the rack/pinion.

My control arm bushings are all good. so thats not it
 

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I have that same problem too. It started for me last year. Its just more annoying than anything. It hasn't affected the steering in anyway, it just pops when i turn the wheel. It would be great if someone could figure this out.
 

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bump.


i know someone knows.
 

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what about your axles (cv joints)? Mine makes a popping noise when going slow and needs to be replaced.
 

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Problem solved.

I changed out my struts and also swapped the strut bearings on the top. I greased both sides of them and made sure they went back in proper.

No more clicking!
 

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Sweet! Glad you solved the problem!

I'll have to give it a shot at some point...i've actually got used to the popping, but it would be nice to get rid of.

Karma to you for solving the problem.
 

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i had gotten used to the popping and having shitty front struts.

new struts + greased good bearings + king6 motor mount makes it feel much better :p
 

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i had gotten used to the popping and having [shizzle]ty front struts.

new struts + greased good bearings + king6 motor mount makes it feel much better :p
I just had those things apart yesterday. I don't have new struts, but I also don't think I have the popping noise.

Those bearing things are weird! They are just little plastic pieces. Looks to me like they had some sort of graphite lube on them before. What did you use to lube 'em up?

Oh, and did you get HP's?
 

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Those bearing things are weird! They are just little plastic pieces. Looks to me like they had some sort of graphite lube on them before. What did you use to lube 'em up?

Oh, and did you get HP's?
yeah they are really wierd. I just put grease around the outside of both of them. I was tought its always a good idea to grease anything that makes contact with another part and is likely to move.
i just used regular ass grease lol.

no HP's though. but it sure does feel nice to drive it now lol.
i guess i have another thing to do after im boosted, this car is eating all my money
this shits free man. Just take them apart and clean and grease the bearings on both sides!
What springs do you have…still stock?
no mine are eibachs if you are asking me
 

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Were you able to get those funky plastic bearing things apart? That is, separate the 2 sliding halves, and clean out anything that make be stuck between them?
 

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Yeah, the problem is most likely your strut mount bearings. In our suspension system, the bottom spring mount turns with steering input and upper spring mount needs the bearing so it can turn as well. With a bad bearing, the top will stay still and the bottom will rotate causing the spring to bind, and finally pop and spin into place. You may also notice that after turning to full lock one way and hearing the pop, the wheel may want to stay turned in that direction.

You can get new ones here if you need to KYB Front Strut Mount Bearing - SM5129
 

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Were you able to get those funky plastic bearing things apart? That is, separate the 2 sliding halves, and clean out anything that make be stuck between them?
no i didnt even try to take them apart. To me it didnt feel like it was anything more than just 2 plastic pieces sliding past eachother. No bearings or anything.

i figured they werent made to be separated, and i didnt want to break them.
 
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