2002 Honda CRX Front end

Tiny
TIFFYPOOH
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  • 2002 HONDA CRX
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I replaced the struts, ball joints, brake calipers however when I hit a bump I hear a clunk also when I turn and when I apply brakes, I hear a clunk and a rubbing noise, pulls to right side has had a alignment and new tires
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 AT 5:51 PM

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Tiny
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I replaced the struts, ball joints, brake calipers however when I hit a bump I hear a clunk also when I turn and when I apply brakes, I hear a clunk and a rubbing noise, pulls to right side has had a alignment and new tires
There are a few components that can cause noises in the front end.
First check all the front end steering and suspension for looseness/play in all the joint and all the bolts related to the front end (including the brake calipers) for safety reasons.

Next, I will list some parts that can cause clunking:

Brake pads that are too small will shift back and forth when braking. Try this, drive the vehicle forward and brake any clunk? Now drive in reverse and then apply the brake does the clunk occur?

Strut mounts can cause clunking especially over large to moderate bumps. Did the clunking exist before replacing the struts, ball joints, brake calipers.

Front stabilizer end links that have loose joints or loose bolts will cause clunking. Get the vehicle off the ground and check for play in the front stabilizer end links both sides.

For pulling right
Check that the tire pressure is set to manufacture specifications. Next check for any damage to the tire (abnormal tire wear) and for bent rims in the front this will cause a pull. If the alignment is off (I know you said it was done) will cause a pull. And lastly if there is variation in the tire's sidewall construction called "sidewall stiffness variation" this condition will cause a vehicle to pull, even with new tires.
I hope this helps you, let me know what you find
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 AT 7:04 PM
Tiny
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Thank you there new tires but I will check them
I had this same issue 5 months ago same side they did struts noise went away now it back
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 AT 7:19 PM
Tiny
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The lower control arms were changed 6 months ago
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 AT 7:21 PM
Tiny
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These types of noise concerns can be difficult to diagnose due to the fact that the vehicle is in motion when the noise occurs. So the key hear is duplicating the noise when the vehicle is stationary. If that is not possible then the only thing I could suggest is start with the easiest thing to check and go through the steering and suspension (brakes included) and if nothing is loose or has too much movement. Sometimes the metal frame that bolts to the body of the vehicle and supports the engine and transmission can come loose so check these bolts also (it is sometimes called a cradle or crossmember).
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Thursday, November 14th, 2013 AT 6:21 PM

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