Q: Front of car makes popping noise

asked by on

Something in the front of my car makes a pop noise when I apply the brakes. It makes a sound like something is going to break. For the past month this has been happening and today it started also making the sound while I was driving. When the noise started, I had just had the front brakes, both pads, and rotors replaced. I’m thinking it might be the ball joint or the tie rod. What would your diagnosis be?

This sounds like it could be a serious issue and should be looked at. Several items could cause a noise such as this when braking. A failing lower ball joint is one such possibility the other could be worn or damaged control arm bushings. One way to check the control arm bushings is to have someone drive the car slowly less than 10mph and apply the brakes. Observe the front tires if the front tire on either side just rearward as the popping noise is made this would indicate failed bushings. Ball joints (if you have the wear indicating type) need to be checked loaded, there is no allowable movement specification for the Cutlass Ciera ball joints for wear. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will have the tools and training to accurately inspect the front suspension system and make the necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Front of car makes popping noise

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: es lo normal el cambio de alternador de un carro de gasolina y uno diesel?

Hi there. Yes, it is normal to have the alternator fail on a 2500 gasoline and diesel powered truck. Usually they last about 4 to 6 years.

Q: Brake dust salt wheels

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2005 BMW 760Li. All brakes produce dust as they wear, but ceramic pads produce a lighter colored dust that is less noticeable and less likely to stick to the wheels. Generally, ceramic...

Q: Occasional heavy vibration

Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by many things. If you are feeling a vibration when putting the vehicle into gear then it may be possible that there is a transmission or engine related issue. If the transmission...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...