First off, sorry if this is in the wrong place. Still new to the forum and wasn't sure where this fell under, since I am unsure what the problem is. So, if it needs to be moved, please feel free.
Second, so I don't get asked later, I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 with AWD option, Automatic Quad cab with no lift or leveling kit. The front end suspension was replaced about a year ago.
Third, the problem. I have had this occur several times but it is intermittent and so hard to diagnose and thus hard to take to a dealer. I'm not a truck
guru but have read and have thought of several things it MIGHT be but in all my readings have not come across an identical set of circumstances.
Here's the situation:
I was turning right into a driveway (minor bump) and because of the angle, I had to turn the steering wheel all the way to the right. As I did so, there was a series of loud clunks (metal sounding) and as soon as I moved the steering wheel back, even a fraction of an inch, it stopped immediately. This has happened once before and it was similar situation, minus the bump. It was a U-Turn in a parking lot and I turned the wheel all the way, for about 2 seconds and it started to make the noise. As soon as I moved the steering wheel back slightly, it stopped. Same direction. Happens going forward and back. Was not in AWD or 4X4 so I don't suspect a CV Joint issue. Was on dry roads both times in RWD. Sound does not happen turning left. The truck drives fine, there is no pull to either side. It rides fine, no undue shaking, wobbling nor bounce. Most of the front end suspension was replaced about a year ago. Never hear the noise other than in those odd situations.
So, is this possibly normal (can't believe it would be but one never knows) and if not, what could it be. My layman's guess would be the track bar is loose. But that's just a guess from reading on this and other forums. I am reluctant to take it to the dealer without having some background info, especially since it doesn't happen 100% of the time.
Any help is appreciated.