99 corolla clunking sound

toyota
corolla

#1

my lovely girlfriend drives a 99 corolla and the car has developed a random clunking sound. it seems to come from the left front area of the car. i don’t thing it’s the CV joint or half shaft because they tend to make a clicking sound when you turn the wheel. this seems to be a completely random clunk, clunk, clunk, sound that comes and goes with no specific cause/effect.

a mechanic told my girlfriend that it was the output shaft bearings in the transmission. i’m not sure if that’s right or if he was trying to get her to buy a new transmission from his shop.

i’ve looked the car over and can’t find anything lose or out of place.

please help

wayne


#2

Perhaps a balljoint is worn out and loose?