I'm on the Indian sub-continent. The vehicle in question is a Maruti 800 MPFI ; motive power is provided by a Suzuki F8 engine driving the front wheels. The steering, as per Wikipedia, is a Rack/Pinion type.
Upon turning the steering to the right - beyond a certain angle - something of a mechanical clicking sound emanates from the left front of the vehicle. The mudguard is clean enough, and there is nothing visible adhering to the tyre that could cause the sound.
Historically - I don't know whether this is relevant - there was one occasion when the right side was on jack with the front wheel off. A passer-by accidently released the valve on the jack, and the vehicle came down on the disc/hub on the front right side.
To get back to my present concern, I'm told by a mechanic that the axle to the front left must be replaced. It may be the cause that the axle is no longer true, and must be replaced. I'm curious whether the current noise may simply be a bad wheel bearing which could be replaced without replacing the entire axle assembly.
What could be the possible causes for a clicking sound opposite to the direction of the turn from a front wheel drive vehicle?