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2002 mountaineer wont turn very well

When going forward and turning sharp it clunks and grinds almost like it dosen't want to turn.and when backing out and turning itgrinds and sounds like somthing is binding up in the front. and will stop you wont let you turn the wheel anymore.

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    warlock61 May 11, 2010

    is this a 8 cyl awd?

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May need new CV joint

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