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I have a 97 explorer with AWD. I had the 4 ball joints replaced

I have a 97 explorer with AWD. I had the 4 ball joints replaced. After that, the truck would sometimes pull to the left, somtimes go straight. It also started to make a clunking noise in the front end when hitting bumps. The mechs cannot find the problem after 3 tries. Any ideas?

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The ball joints may be too tight witch will cause premature wear and or the sway bar and the ends for the bar could be bent or worn witch will cause some of that as well. hope this helps cant give much more info unless seeing it and knowing what they did good luck message if anymore questions

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