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    assuming this is a steering problem

    im not sure whats wrong but when i start driving there is this ticking sound coming from the drivers side tire. when i turn it doesnt get worse or go away. when i stop it goes away. its "quiet" at first but gets worse after like 10 minutes and is worse going down hill. the steering wheel has gotten tight on me a few times when turning. but i didnt really realize or think of it till now so idk which way i was turning. but i was thinking maybe the cv joint but not totaly sure any thoughts? and idk if this is the spot for this post

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    Could be many things. A ticking noise coming from the wheel could be as simple as a stone or screw stuck in your tire. It could also be a wheel bearing or, as you say, CV joint. Jack it up, put one hand on the top of the tire and the other hand on the bottom and try to rock it back and forth. It's there's any play, it's probably a bearing. Inspect the tire, inspect inside the wheel well and see if you find anything.

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    How fast is the tick? Does it seem to coincide with one full rotation of the tire, or more slowly like your turn signal?

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    yes i have checked to see if it is the bearing and it is not. there is nothing in the tire no nails rocks or anything. it doesnt do it at first. a mile into driving it starts and it is a little faster then a blinker sound but it only does it when i am not giving it gas. when i give it gas it goes away

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    Does it still make the sound if the clutch is in? You mentioned it gets "worse" downhill, do you mean louder or faster?

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    louder and faster seeing im going down hill. clutch doesnt make a difference. the only difference is when im accelerating or just coasting. it makes noise coasting not accelerating. when i go its quiet when i stop giving it gas it ticks until i go again or stop
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    I would have two suggestions of things to check.

    1. Check the lug and tire "flange". When switching between accelerating and coasting, the tire is applying a force on the opposite side of the lug nut/"flange". Shifting the tire around by hand probably won't be enough to check for looseness, remember these sustain the force both from the torque of the engine and weight of the vehicle. My theory is that one of these is slightly mis-shapen and as the tire rotates and places its weight on the mis-shapen side of the lug/"flange" it slips, causing a clicking sound. Again, just a theory.

    2. Camber bolt. Haven't completely thought through the forces involved but if it's slightly deformed it could cause abnormal noise (and a few other things) in your car.

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    so should i rotate the front with the rear?? and see if the sound disapears?
    and i didnt think of the camber bolt... i did slam a curb this winter cause of a snow drift looked like part of the road. but it didnt dent my rim or pop my tire or do any damage at the time. now 6 months later its making this noise so i didnt think it could be that but it is that tire that hit it.

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    I suppose it wouldn't be a bad idea to compare the amount of "play" that the front tire has compared to one of the rear tires, although if it's the actual lug that is deformed the sound will more or less stay the same. Let me know how things turn out!

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    well then if the sound stays then its the lug if not its the tire?

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    That would be my guess. Then again... I HAVE NO IDEA!

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