Strut on 1996 Honda Civic

I have not taker my car to a repair center yet, i have a popping sound when ever i turn. How can you tell when your struts are bad i being a woman heve been misled a couple of a time.

by in Dallas, TX on June 14, 2009
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ANSWER by on June 14, 2009
It is hard to give an opinion of a noise without being able to hear it first hand or being able to drive the car. Suspension struts will generally make noise on suspension travel (changes in road surface/ uneven road surfaces). Your Honda is front wheel drive. Power created in the engine is transferred to the transmission and then sent out to each front wheel making them the driven road wheels. If the noise you are hearing is a click, click, click sound that occurs on tight turns and increases in rhythm as you increase speed I would suspect the outer Constant Velocity joint (CV joint) is worn. The CV joint is part of the axle (also called a half shaft). The CV has a rubber boot that may have split causing the grease to escape causing the CV joint to fail resulting in a new axle being necessary. A popping sound could be a sway bar end link bushing to have failed or the sway bar end link to have broken, I hope it is something simple and inexpensive but get your car checked out in case it is something that is about to fail or something potentially dangerous.
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ANSWER by on June 05, 2014
could be CV Boots...if struts are bad the ride is a bit bumpy
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