Popping in front end 2003 Ranger 2WD
I ahve a 2003 Ranger 2WD with coil springs and 80,000 miles. I have been having popping in the front end for about a year now. The popping happens when I I am stationary or moving and turning the wheel (more popping to the right than turning to the left). It is not supper loud but it can be heard and just very slightly felt in the steering wheel. It also does it when just going straight down the road and coasting (must be a lower speeds to hear it though). It will also pop when I let off the brakes after a fairly hard stop...and also sometimes when taking off hard (i.e. when the front end dives or raises). The noise is almost always there, but sometimes does get quieter and other times louder.
I noticed the left outer tie-rod end and both lower ball joints had cracked boots. So I replaced both outer tie-rod ends and the lower ball joints (used Moog parts). However the popping sound is still there. I have gotten under the truck with someone else turning and it feels/sounds like it might be coming from the left end of the rack (around the area where the big rubber boot is). Any ideas on what this could be? I think I have eliminated sway bar bushings because I disconnected the sway bar and it was still making the popping noise. Thanks for any suggestions.