Nasty front suspensinon clunking solved...

Rusty

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2002 Protege5 - silver
Mine has been clunking for several months. I have replaced the front struts and everything involved with them. They had been leaking oil anyway. It now clunks and clanks worse, and a slight but nagging drift to the right wasn't cleared up either. I've aligned it 3 times trying to fix that. Thanks for posting this article, maybe that's what I need to do..
 

Rusty

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2002 Protege5 - silver
I found my clunk. It was a stripped bolt in the ball joint on the passenger side. That side had been repaired before I bought it in 2003 (it's an '02) so I bet someone cross threaded it then. It lasted nine years. A new bolt fixed it right up.

A question: It had a "10" stamped in the center of the bolt-head. I assumed that was the hardness grade. I know the SAE marks, but not metric.

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Rusty

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2002 Protege5 - silver
I will. I'll edit this post and add the photo so as not to clutter up the thread. I'll get under there and snap a pic as soon as I can.