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95 ef ford sedan suspension problem

Front end knocks {hard over small bumps} it seams to wander over road pulls slightly to left . its just had wheel alignment + front tyers, cars ks 236 thow , would new tie rod ends & shocks fix knocking & wandering problem?

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What was said about the wear of the front end part when the alignment was given? I could be wrong but, I would say, Not likely for the tie rod ends and definately not the shocks for knocking sounds.. It sounds more like bad ball joints poping, although the idler arm and tye rod ends could be worn also .

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Upper ball joints, or tie rod ends.

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