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Old 12-22-2007, 08:22 AM   #1
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Default Bell like sound on slow turns

I have a 1995 Saturn SL1 with only 30,000 miles on it. This week it started making a bell like sound (similar to the chime sound that you hear when you open the door with the keys in the ignition) when you make a slow turn in either direction. My guess is a U joint problem, but I am not sure. The car is 12+ years old.

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Old 12-22-2007, 09:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bell like sound on slow turns

I dont know if you could describe it any better-in more detail...but any suggestions to that description are going to be shots in the dark... give us some more detail please...speed? when you turn the wheel? when the car is already turning?...

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Old 12-22-2007, 09:43 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bell like sound on slow turns (popcorn?)

I found this post by Jay2000:

[Re: Popcorn

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Hi SC2095,

I have the same popcorn noise on all 3 of my S series cars, for many years now. I can't understand why, if all my cars have this problem, it isn't always being talked about on this forum.

I too have searched the forum for this and 2-3 years ago I found one reference to it by Sattech. I can't find the thread right now, but I did save the quote for my own reference. Here's what I saved:

"Another sound I've encountered is a light pop/ rattle type noise coming from the strut tower area on the left and/or right side. the sound seems to be louder in colder weather. I've replaced the upper mount and strut to quiet it. Aside from the noise, which is fairly light the operation of the vehicle isn't affected. Due to the cost of the repair-about $350 plus alignment- I've advised my customers to wait until the noise got worse before repairing."

In my case, I have just lived with it.]

It sounds like Jay2000 described above, like popcorn hitting the bottom of the pan lid. It occurs when turrning slowly in either direction and starts just as I turn the wheel. At greater speed in turns, I don't hear it. It started when the weather got cold.

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