Back on Saturday, when pulling out of the neighborhood, my wife and I heard a bad sounding knocking/thunking noise coming from, as near as I can figure, was the front driver’s side corner of the car. It happened right when we were pulling out - while cornering and accelerating. I thought I had previously heard some sort of similar (but much quieter) on a few previous occasions. Given how loud it was this time, I immediately pulled over and tried to check things out. We ended up going back home and switching cars, just to be on the safe side.
Later that day, I swapped off the winter tires and while I was at it, had a good look around. I couldn’t see anything really obvious that would be causing noise other than one thing. The spring seemed properly seated. Lower control arm bushings seemed fine. Sway bar end links were all in place. The only thing that looked a bit off was the boot on the tie rod end. Given that I just had these replaced a year or so ago, this doesn’t exactly thrill me. It does look like the boot is slightly torn, but no sign of grease (that could be a good thing or a bad thing). So... any guesses on whether the tie rod end is what caused the noise?
Pic I took of it this morning:
It also seems to be at a bit of an odd angle relative to the one on the opposite side, almost like it’s slightly twisted.