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Replaced complete control arm with new ball joint but still clunking.. can it be the wrong bolt or wrong hardness of bolt??

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Is the clunking occuring when steering or just on rough roads? With suspension clunks tie rod ends are the most comonly over looked component. To check the tie rod ends jack up each side individually and place jack supports under vehichle in manufacturer allocated position with the parking brake on , on a flat surface . Check the tire deflection by attempting to turn the tire by hand in a side to side fasion also check the lateral deflection of the wheel bearings . There are inner and outer tie rod ends on your vehichle . Other suspension components that can cause clunking are the struts to check these bounce the car as you would a basket ball with your hand by pressing firmly down on each front corner and releasing you may hear the clunk during this test as well.

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