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I’m trying to diagnose a clicking/popping sound when making hard right turns in my 2016. CV axle shafts look to be fine. I can see what looks to be dried grease on the sway bar bracket with the rubber that connects the bar to the frame (not the end links). For some reason I have a feeling the sound is related to that but I could be wrong. Could that even cause that type of sound? I installed a readylift 2” lift about a year ago. Anyone here have a similar clicking sound that wasn’t the Cv axle? I remember when installing the sway bar end link extension I had a very hard time getting the sway bar to line up properly. I ended up being able to just get in place to tighten in the bracket but it didn’t seem like a great fit. Tie rods and ball joints look to be Ok. Any advice is appreciated here!
 

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Sway bar and links will make noise on bumps. When turning it's generally the CV joint. Looking at it you can't determine the wear inside the boot. A bad joint doesn't make a boot rip.

A sway bar can make a squeaky noise if the bushing is dried out or falling apart. Is it contacting other metal anywhere?
 

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Is it a steady click click click that is related to wheel speed? If so, then most likely it is a bad CV.
 

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Thanks for the reply’s. I also suspected cv joint. I examined myself and it looked fine. I took to my local mechanic and he also said the cv joints looked fine. Going to just take it to another shop today and see what’s happening.
 

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As was already mentioned, just because the boot is intact doesn't rule out the axle - don't think you can typically diagnose that with a quick visual check. My indy Subaru shop said the same thing after getting my car up on the lift. But, after I mentioned the knock in tight turns, they agreed that was the likely cause. Axle was replaced and the noise was gone.
 
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