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To best answer this is, which one is closer to breaking? The ball joint is probably the bigger problem, but I'd need to see it.

I am guessing you have a Cavalier or Sunfire? If so, you will probably need a control arm, bushing and ball joint come with it. And yes, it will make a clunk as you describe.

It can also be something completely unrelated to the suspension.

I've had such a noise in my car, 78 Benz 300CD. The fix was a loose header pipe coming off the exhause manifold. It had about 2 inches of sway when loose and would knock against the engine mounts.

Check for loose components which are routed near or though suspension parts. Some things are meant to be snug but free (ie exhause systems) to minimize noise, but make sure things aren't excessively free.




answer anything loose will cause the noise. but i would first check for worn or broken shock absorbers

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