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While driving my Saturn Ion 2 sedan on city streets under 40mph as the wheels cross uneven pavement there a "clunk" sound and a noticeable abrupt feel. Do I need struts or shocks or is it just a Saturn Ion 2 thing?

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  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

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It sounds like you need to replace the two bushings in the front. Cost of bushings should be under $20.00

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