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My 99 nissan frontier xe 3.3l is popping or cracking while turning sharply at low speeds. Checked dthe boot and its fine. Lower ball joint has a little play though so I'm replacing that. Should I just assume its a bad cv joint as well and replace it too or could it be from the bad lower ball joint?
 

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It could be a worn CV joint in one of the front axles. 4 signs of a bad CV joint:

1. "Clicking" Noises When Turning.
2. A Knocking Sound.
3. Grease on the Inside or Edge of the Tires.
4. Vibration While Driving. This is a tricky one, since there are many things that could cause vibration when you drive.
 

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Not so tricky... There are steering stops on the lower control arm that prevent the wheels from turning to far. Some of the stops have a plastic cap on them that can wear away or fall off over time and some have a stainless steel cap. In either case, lube up the steering stops with some wheel bearing grease and if you have the type that takes the plastic cap, you can get new ones from Nissan for just a couple of bucks.
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