Popping sound in steering


Asked by dad417 Feb 13, 2008 at 08:29 AM about the 2001 Ford Focus ZX3

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2001 Ford Focus is making a "popping sound" when turning the steering wheel. This happening going forward and backwards. Is it safe to drive in this condition?

4 Answers


Sounds like you may have a bad tie rod end or other front suspension/steering rack related issue. I would have this checked out ASAP. Don't want to drive it too much until you can verify the problem.

Alistair Brand

Does it do it on bumpy roads? Sway bar end links are notorious for doing the popping sound. If it just started doing it and the car feels fine in turns then it should be ok to drive but have it replaced asap. They ball joint can seprate from the end link and then your car will feel *very* loose.

Luke Voce

it could be something as simple as the wheel arch lining catching on the tires when you go to full lock. this happened on my friends focus but it was a s reg (1998 i think)

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You may have a bad cv joint or front en problem Do not drive may brake down middle street kill some one cost lot money wrecker

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