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Loud Noise When I Brake

Lately when I brake, I hear a loud clank. It sounds like it is near the front passenger wheel well. I looked, and nothing seems wrong or out of place. Anyone had this problem or know what it could be.
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Possible ball joint wore out.


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Thanks, I have never replaced any ball joints before. Any good way to check?
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Thanks, I have never replaced any ball joints before. Any good way to check?
Jack up your front end, tires off the ground, and shake the tire from both ends really hard. Do you hear the same sound or similar?Have someone shake it for you and than look with a light at your ball joints. If they are moving AT ALL, time to replace them. If you do not know what they look like, google it. You will find them behind the rotor connected to the steering rack, I believe anyways.

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How many miles are on it. I d check the ball joints, but i wouldnt be surprised if a caliper bolt is missing. You wouldnt believe all the loose calipers ive seen!!

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How many miles are on it. I d check the ball joints, but i wouldnt be surprised if a caliper bolt is missing. You wouldnt believe all the loose calipers ive seen!!
ooo weird... sounds dangerous....

however, it does not sound like he is loosing braking power, wouldn't this happen if a caliper bolt was loose?

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yea sounds like a ball joint i think someone had a similar problem. i told them about it. thats strange on how some people dont know what a ball joint is.


Ball joints are a part of your vehicle’s suspension that connects the steering knuckles to the control arms. A ball joint is essentially a flexible ball and socket that allows the suspension to move and at the same time the wheels to steer. Cars and trucks without strut suspensions typically have four of them (one upper and one lower on each side). Cars and minivans with strut suspensions have only two (one lower ball joint on each side). Some front-wheel drive cars also have ball joints on the rear suspension.

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