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Old 04-02-2017, 01:08 AM
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Hey please do read through the entire thread before replying. I will post in detail as to what is going on...

2008, 112k miles on it. Pretty everything suspension/steering wise is factory stock and hasn't been replaced since it was built.

So whenever I go slowly over small bumps, I hear this clunking sound coming from the front left of the car. I have checked everything, all my ball joints are fine, my end links have no wiggle in them, and the boots look fine. There's no play in my tie rods, control arms, or sway bars. Nothing is rusted, bent, or broken.

Here's my dilemma, firstly, the noise is beyond annoying. Also I have noticed that ever since the clunking has occurred, my car has slightly more roll to it when turning right going through an on ramp. Secondly, and this just occurred today, and was a bit odd. I was going ~30-40mph and turned left, through an intersection, I've done this before and the car handled just fine, but this time, my steering wheel jerked hard to the left, and my right tired felt like it was buckling, almost as if my tie rod was going to snap....

I'm sorry, I know it's hard to give advice without actually seeing the car in person. I'm most likely going to take it to a mechanic to see what they can tell me.
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:13 AM
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You should limp to the nearest shop - immediately if not sooner

You said "Nothing is rusted, bent, or broken." ...I'm thinkin your diagnosis is incomplete. - So, if you can't fix it, get it in

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Old 04-02-2017, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by carbuffguy View Post
You should limp to the nearest shop - immediately if not sooner

You said "Nothing is rusted, bent, or broken." ...I'm thinkin your diagnosis is incomplete. - So, if you can't fix it, get it in
Yeah, that's my prognosis lol. I have a ton of pictures of every single part, and I just keep looking over and over and I can't find anything..
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Old 04-03-2017, 07:16 AM
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Betting on shocks.

The ones that gave up the ghost 65,000 or more miles ago. Never known an OEM shock to go anywhere over 50k. If that.
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I had a clunking sound (like in parking lots; low speed) from front corner about 2 yrs. ago. Ended up it was the end links, replaced both fronts and it was solved. Good luck with it all!

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Old 04-04-2017, 08:18 PM
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I had a clunking sound (like in parking lots; low speed) from front corner about 2 yrs. ago. Ended up it was the end links, replaced both fronts and it was solved. Good luck with it all!
That's what I was thinking too. But the endlinks aren't broken, or loose at all.
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Don't just look for signs. Take the joints off and feel how they move. My guess is it's the lower ball joint. They're highly prone to going out on this car and cause a bad clunk when braking slowing down or going around corners. If that's it you have to press in a new one or break out your wallet for a whole new knuckle. Take out the lca and see if the joint flops around. If not check your compression rod ball joint and bushing to make sure they're not walked.
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Seems like you have eliminated a lot of the possibilities. you could also check the strut mounts. that could cause your problems
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