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If the boot is damaged on the ball joint then it's a sure thing that water and dirt have gotten down there and caused the "ball & socket" some wear damage. The clunk you hear is the ball part moving up and down inside the socket part.

The easiest way to check for a bad ball joint is to raise the vehicle of the ground maybe three or four inches. Have a helper put a large prybar underneath the wheel of the offending side and try and move the wheel up and down while you observe the movement of the ball joint. If there seems to be a lot of movement, replace the ball joint....actually you really shouldn't see any movement if the ball joint is good.
 

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In my opinion you should do both.

I guess you'd call it a straight forward install. Generally ball joints have to be pressed out and in using a ball joint press. Some ball joints are held to the control arm with pressed in rivets (hot rivets) that have to be drilled out...then the new ball joint is held in with bolts.
 
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