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Yesterday at low speed as I moved in to a left-hand turn lane, I detected a knock or pop from my front left wheel/suspension area. I only heard it one other time and that was once back in my driveway, stopped, but still running, I turned the steering wheel back to 12 o'clock and heard it again. I had a helper come out and turn the wheel lock to lock while I watched underneath, but we could no replicate the sound. It is parked for now. I do notice all tie rod end boots are busted - what else should I check - I plan to put on stands Tuesday night and really give this a look. Also, if replacing tie rod ends - I see listing is 3 RH, 1 LH - which one is the LH thread?

Thank you,

Any ties rod ends with split boots should be changed because they are a safety hazard.  However, that is not likely to be the source of your noise.  Your noise is probably from the Panhard rod bushings, the shock bushings, the spring mounts, or the radius arm bushings.  On a 1998 truck all those parts may well be work out.  

I believe the left threat tie rod end is on the pitman arm connection but you can see for sure looking close at the threads before you take it off.  One of them threads the opposite way.

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