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Worsening front end clunk

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Started out as a metallic clunk during near full lock right hand turns. First noticed during an autox heat. Only noticed occasionally, but sounded almost like a broken spring "tinging" The sound seems to be coming from the drivers side.

After the right turn clunk, if I would stay stationary and turn the wheel almost all the way to the left, it would clunk back over. I cannot get it to clunk stationary unless I "load it up" by making a tight quick right turn. I also can't see any loose parts as it makes the noise. 

After inspection of all front end parts, nothing looked worn or loose.

Ordered a drivers lower control arm as it was original and had a torn ball joint Boot.

Replaced control arm with no change.

Replaced upper strut mount bearings with no change. (mounts look perfect)

Replaced both inner and outer tie rods and installed ksport coilovers. With no change.

Removed sway bar end links. Absolutely no change.

Attempted to autox this morning. Seems to be making even more noise around each turn. Every clunk can be heard as well as felt through the steering wheel.

I've read about every front end clunk thread on the forums. It seems to make the same noise cold or warm and consistently bad.

Anyone have any ideas? I ordered a used power steering rack and will attempt to replace mine. 

After the tie rod install, I had the rear high pressure power steering line blow. It was leaking through a pin hole in a straight section. Caught it before it leaked out more than a few ounces of ps oil. Replaced with a used part, doesn't leak now.


Car is a 2000 c2. 

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Mounts looked perfect. I tore down and replaced the front struts twice before changing to the coilover kit which uses mono ball front mounts. The noise is the same between factory struts and coilover kit.

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Replaced power steering rack with a used part. Makes exactly the same noise at exactly the same times.

Only thing that hasn't been replaced on drivers side is the forward lin. Seems unlikely the issue as it should not move during any steering motion.

Anyone have any other ideas?

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Rotor spins free and doesnt have any play with caliper removed. I can check again, but for it to clink stationary turning the wheel to the left, everytime its "loaded up"  like clockwork. I'm not sure how the bearing could cause the issue.

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Replaced forward link. Last suspension piece to eliminate on the problem side.


Issue still occurs.


Considering replacing the wheel bearing even though inspection shows very minimal noise or play.

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Quick update:

Ordered a used spindle/hub/bearing assembly off of eBay for $40. Quick replacement.

Noise is gone!

The "new" bearing spun ever so slightly smoother than my old one. It must have been a bad bearing that got knocked out of place during right turns.

Thanks for everyone's help and ideas

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