Searching " 300M Steering Problems " I see this type of foul play and loud clunks are normal. The hole I hit was not huge, but you can say it was sort of big. For those Chicagoland folks it was going 294 South Dempster entrance.
I just left the shop and had many things replaced. You are right the hole should have been huge to cause this type of damage. At which case the city would have put a sign. Normal harsh road conditions would never cause this problem. A small fix yes many times, but never affecting multiple parts.The mechanics told me the exact same things.
I may get kicked out for this post, but never again will I purchase a Dodge. (*Sigh*)