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New front struts on 99 OB, did I do something wrong?

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I’m pulling to the left a little and I’m pretty sure both sides are making a knock noise when I go over potholes/bumps etc. I’ve driven on them for about 250+ miles now but I don’t know much about suspension yet, I heard they could need to be broken in but I have no idea what makes them “knock” I did also make sure to mark the top bolt at 12 o’clock position and tighten it back in the right place.

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Is everything torqued properly? I believe something loose would be about the only thing that could cause a strut to knock when going over a bump, unless there is some kind of defect in the strut itself.
Otherwise, with the pull, I would check the ball joints, they are good for making noise when done, and can cause some pull, but really with the pull, check the tie rods, and all related steering component bushings.
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Sounds like my typical escapade, but I do get it done correctly, eventually.
"I do these things that I can not do, so that I may learn how to do them"- Fotune in a cookie I once had. I could not have said it any better.
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