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Old 02-22-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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suspension rattle, no it's not end links

Suspension rattle, passenger side. It's not clear whether it's front or rear. Happens especially when going up hill at 20-35 mph, over bumps. I have ruled out the following

1) front sway bar end links (removed both and drove around)
2) rear sway bar (car does not have one)
3) rear shocks (replaced)
4) rear shock mounts (removed shocks and drove around)
5) front struts (replaced)
6) black plastic shields forward of the rear tires under the floor (removed and drove around)
7) transmission mount (replaced)
8) passenger side engine mount (replaced)

I am confident the exhaust system and hangers are not the problem, but I can't rule them out.

The rear lower control arms squeak and groan, but this sounds different. More of a rattle: sharply metallic, usually a couple to four in quick succession.

Ok, what part do I throw at the car next?


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Old 02-22-2010, 12:40 AM   #2
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Well.. you already replaced the engine mount and tranny mount.. killed my idea..

Throw another wad of $ at it I say.. lol
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when u replaced the front struts, did u screw tight the nut the holds the upper strut mount to the car?? Mine was rattling and i thought it was loose and when i push down on the car i see the nut raise up so i tightened it and it went away.
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when u replaced the front struts, did u screw tight the nut the holds the upper strut mount to the car?? Mine was rattling and i thought it was loose and when i push down on the car i see the nut raise up so i tightened it and it went away.
There are three nuts that attach the top of each strut assembly to the sheet metal. Are we talking about the same nuts?
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well u could check those too but i mean the main nut that connects the strut to the strut mount. its 1 nut in the middle. Look in between the 3 nuts and theres 1 not that needs a 3/4 socket to tighten it. try that.
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Checked all eight nuts: they appeared tight. I jounced the front of the car and saw no slop anywhere.
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Sounds like I've got the same rattle. Just replaced end links and control arms. It rides much better but it's still rattling like crazy. Mostly at low speed. Struts look fine. I replaced them a while ago. Maybe the strut bearings but mine sounds lower in the suspension.
Did you figure yours out?
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