bigbluegoldfish wrote:OK, I tried the test froggy recommended. Couldn't get the noise to happen while just pushing up and down on the car. Sway bar end links feel tight to me.
However, tried driving around I found out that if I turn the steering wheel left and right continuously (at slow speeds... like 5 mph) to wiggle the car left and right, I hear the clunk every time I turn the wheel. Does this give any hint?
the typical front end stuff to check would be tie rod ends, ball joints. Possible the strut cap bearings. Try the end links with the steering wheel turned a little bit. If they checked out with the wheels straight then they probably are not the issue, but they do pivot when the wheel is turned so there could be slop in certain spots in their ball studs. Usually if they are pretty bad you'll feel it with the wheels straight and you will know it when you feel it.
Obvious things would be making sure the lugs are tight. Without other noises, probably safe to say the wheel bearings are not your issue. If the struts were bad then you'd be bouncing on the springs and you'd know it. If you had a broken spring, you'd get the noise but you'd also see one corner of the car sitting a little lower also.
On a more serious side, the rack and pinion and the coupler in the steering shaft itself. Mine makes a popping if I turn the wheel to one side and let go with the car not running. Might be normal though because its always seemed to do that.