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99 corolla clunking sound

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


Perhaps a balljoint is worn out and loose?