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2003 acura rsx strut noise . When I turn hard left or hit a bump, I occassionally hear a thud in the right wheel.

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It could be a number of things; sway bar bushings or link ends, ball joints, tie rod ends, or strut mounts...as well as possibly a strut, but really the other things are more common to fail than the struts. Take the car to a couple of shops that do free front end checks and get some opinions. Most small independent shops will have a look for free in hopes of getting the job. Also, if you have custom wheels, try taking them off and go for a drive with the stock wheels. Often times, custom wheels have the wrong offset or are too wide and cause all kinds of problems.

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