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I have developed a pronounced popping sound in my 3010 4 X4 year 2005 model Kawasaki mule. I jacked it up all 4 off the ground and turned the tires, twisted and shook back and forth and no sound of popping. Cranked it up and put in thru all the gears , 4 wheel drive, rear wheel lock and no popping. Check every I could see and nothing loose. Front booths are broken so I’m assuming maybe one of the i joints. Sounds like right passenger side to me. What you all think?
 

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If the boots are broken, replace the axles. Torn boot allows dirt to enter the joint and wears it, causing binding inside the joint, which is the noise you hear. Normally when a CV joint is failing, it only pops when driving while turning, but I didn't see that condition mentioned. Aftermarket axles are not much more money than a boot kit. Besides, once the joint parts wear, they have to be replaced anyway so you might as well get the entire axle.
 
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