I am losone the new Toyota moderator.
The loud cracking sound as you describe is more than likely a CV joint failure. It is not safe to drive the car so have a mechanic check the LF out side CV.
In all probability the boot cracked letting all the grease out and ruining the joint. I know when my joints run out of lube, I crack all over! Good Luck
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 AT 2:03 PM