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We just bought a 2003 Alero, and wouldn't you know it make a loud clunk sound when we turn left, like pulling into a parking space. What could it be?

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It could be the rack, strut asm., tie-rod/s, wheel-bearing, anti-sway bar link, lug-nuts, or CV joint.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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There are a few components that will cause a clunk such as yours.
Sway links and bushings, ball joint, strut mount, tie rod ends and lower control arm bushings.
If you recently purchased the car and it was checked over by a mechanic the most commonly missed item would be the control arm bushings.
I would suggest you take it to a front end specialist and have it looked over soon.
Hope this helps you.

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Posted on Apr 27, 2010

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Sounds like your CV joints have gone bad and will need to be replaced soon as possible. When the CV joints fail 100%, your going to need to have the car towed to a repair shop. Try driving it to the repair shop before it fails, so you save your self time and money from getting the car towed there.
Thank you for using fixya and also inspect your front suspension, such as the ball joint and other moving parts.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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These cars rarely wear out front end componets.
I have 360,000 km and have only just changed the the front bearings.

The wheel bearings are the usual suspect on this model.
Normally associated with a whirling noise
that gets louder or disappears when you move the steering wheel back and forth (loading/unloading).

Good Luck.
Enjoy many miles of pretty troublefree driving

Steve F



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