What causes a clunking noise in a car's front end?


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Some things that cause a vehicle's front end to make a clunking noise are worn ball joints, a damaged tie rod, broken or loose sway-bar links, hard or damaged shocks, and faulty shock mounts. An automotive professional can inspect the vehicle's front end to locate the source of the clunk.

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Other possible causes of front-end clunking are loose or hanging brake calipers and worn or warped brake rotors. When possible, avoid driving a vehicle with a front-end clunking noise. Any of the issues listed above that cause a clunking noise are critical components of the vehicle's suspension system, and failure to repair them may lead to further damage to the vehicle, accidents and personal injury.

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