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When I go over bumps or am turning I hear a clunking noise on my front right side. It seems to slowly get worse. It seems like it happens whenever the weight of the car is transferred. If I make a turn really slow and soft I can make it not happen. I checked my axles and they seem intact. My struts seem to be OK, I can push down on my hood and only get 1 bounce. This noise occurs more loudly when curving to the left and then to the right. Weight transfer of some sort. Any Ideas or suggestions? I'm pretty savvy with anything I touch so please don't ask me stupid questions. 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier 5 speed M/T 4 cylinder .

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I had the same clunking issue. People who want to make money off you will tell you anything. First thing to check is the caliper bushing. Easy to do. Take off the tire and grab the caliper, if the caliper rocks easily by hand, then that is the problem. Take the caliper off - five minutes - push out the old bushings - two minutes - install new bushings - two minutes and $5.00.

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The first thing that pops into my head is a bad ball joint or a broken sway bar link, bad sway bar bushing, or a missing bushing in the link itself.

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  • brettalvens Oct 02, 2010

    I will take a look into the sway bar. Sounds like it would be a possibility. Thanks!

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