Hearing Loud Popping Sound Near Left Tire

Tiny
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1990 Mercuray Topaz, automatic, Milage: 129,260, Transmission does leak.

For almost a month now, I've been hearing this loud popping sound coming somewhere near my left front tire, I can tell it's diffently coming from under my car but I have no clue what it could be.

I've taken it to two differant companies and they both can't figure out what it is either. The first company told me it was the brakes, so I had the brakes done (as they needed to be done anyways) and the sound kept happening.

The second company said it was the Rack and Pinion, so I had that fixed, still happening. Then the 2nd company told me it was ball joints and they replaced that for free, but it wasn't those either and their completely stumped on what it could be as well.

The sound only happens when I make a left hard, kind of a hard left turn, go over a pot hole (Front driver side tire only), or press the brakes somewhat firmly to make a complete stop.

Another thing I noticed the other day was that my front driver side tire was making skidding sounds when I was driving a somewhat bumpy road the other day.

I think its the axle but I'm not to sure. The 2nd company told me that my strut and cv joint are ok so those aren't causing the issue, but I'm just so stumped on it. Any help would be greatful.
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Monday, August 20th, 2007 AT 5:43 PM

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Tiny
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Gadzooks, get the transmission fluid leak fixe before you kill a motorcyclist.

The noise may be a wheel bearing. This condition is a little hard to duplicate and about impossible to diagnose 100%. However going over bumps and the skidding noise doesn't fit. I can't help but think that there may be a suspension problem that is ptting tension on the hydrolic system of the brakes.

Staight forward, this is just about impossible to diagnose over the net. Maybe someone else can jump in.
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Monday, August 20th, 2007 AT 6:23 PM
Tiny
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I would like to fix the transmission leak, but funds just won't allow me to and I'm now at least 1,200 in debt with Firestone because both Big O and Firestone couldn't figure out what this noise is. Firestone allowed me to open an account.

Firestone said they overlooked the strut (because I also thought maybe the strut was causing the noise) and told me the strut was ok and wasn't causing the noise.

I'm going to take it back to another shop in maybe a week or so. I'm actually trying to buy a friend's car because I'm tired of the Topaz having way to many issues. So when I get something else to drive, I'll take the Topaz to somewhere else for a hopefully better expection, but until then. ANYONE HAVE ANY CLUE WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY CAR? :0)
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Monday, August 20th, 2007 AT 10:30 PM
Tiny
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You need to stay with one shop, by moving around your'e letting them off the responsiblity hook.

Try to stay away from the credit scene, $1200 could have put you into another car.

Look for a good independent shop where they are professionals not salemen with auto tools.
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 AT 5:10 AM
Tiny
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Your right, I paniced when I heard that loud noise and took it to Big O then to Firestone, but I've let Firestone do all the work, but their just as stumped as I am so thats why I want to take it somewhere else now.

I also moved to new area, so I'm not familar with all the shops yet, but I will take your advice.
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 AT 4:53 PM

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