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Old 01-07-2003, 10:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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'95 Camry, knocking sound coming from rear/trunk over bumps

OK, I have a '95 Camry LE sedan 4-banger (which I love to death) and it has 118,500 miles on it. I guess since the past few thousands miles, I've noticed a rather loud knocking/rattling sound coming from the rear of the car when going over large bumps. My first reaction was to check to see what was loose in the trunk, and there wasn't anything in there. I checked the spare tire jack and made sure it was secure. I secured the rod that you stick into the jack. I screwed down the spare tire extra tight to be safe. Still heard the noise. So I completely removed the jack and the rod. Still hear the noise. I've tried locking the rear seats and riding with them up and down. Still hear the noise.

I've given up. Could it be the strut mounts are loose or something?? Any suggestions would be helpful.
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mounts or the suspension control arms bushings
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mounts or the suspension control arms bushings
Thanks. Any ideas on cost?
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i had the same noises coming from my car
it was the sway bar bushings........my noise was a popping noise, is that what yours is?

well, it cost me 250 to get it fixed.
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Old 01-07-2003, 11:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i had the same noises coming from my car
it was the sway bar bushings........my noise was a popping noise, is that what yours is?

well, it cost me 250 to get it fixed.
Yeah, it's sorta like that. $250?? Sheesh, oh well I can't complain. This car has treated me well.
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Any other thoughts from the folks around here?
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I'd tend to agree with the previous posters. Either bushings, endlinks, or possibly blown struts.

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it's most likely the swaybar bushings, you should talk to soundlzrd to get a new whiteline rear swaybar, i don't think it'll cost $250, probably less (CDN). It is a performance rear swaybar with bushings, better than the OEM one. I am probably gonna have to talk to soundlzrd to get one from him. Good Luck
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mine clunks in the back right now. but that is because my shocks are blown.
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it's most likely the swaybar bushings, you should talk to soundlzrd to get a new whiteline rear swaybar, i don't think it'll cost $250, probably less (CDN). It is a performance rear swaybar with bushings, better than the OEM one. I am probably gonna have to talk to soundlzrd to get one from him. Good Luck
I've just got to decide where to take it. I'm not going to fix it myself. It's either going to the local Toyota dealership, or this great place called Toyz Unlimited (Toyota/Lexus specialists) outside of town that I normally take my car to get work done, or some place in town that specializes in struts...

I just want something cheap that is going to solve the problem. I mean, my car is not modded out or anything like that...it's a plain Camry for basic transportation.
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My 95 has 119099mi and its doing the same thing...
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My 95 has 119099mi and its doing the same thing...
Same here, but mine's a 91 with 66997.
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My 95 has 119099mi and its doing the same thing...
I just got back from the Toyota dealership. I let them look at it. They said that my rear strut mounts and my struts are blown all to hell. Said there's hardly anything left.

They quoted me an estimated $700...pfffffffffffffffffff

I'm gonna call around to some junk yards and check on eBay. My dad said that he can put them on for me.
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I'll side with the swaybar bushing guys on this one. My '87 camry (now with almost 109k, not bad for a 16 year old car!) rattled like hell in the back with the old bushings. We replaced them the other day in the shop, and no more noise! They're easy to replace as long as the the bolts back out easily. Good luck and let us know what it was.

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I called around to a local junk yard and they quoted me $75 for each side for struts and mounts.

He seemed kinda confused though when I told him that I needed struts & strut supports/mounts (Toyota said that both my struts and strut supports were worn down). He said that is should be all one unit that bolts into the body. But anyway, I don't know, I'm not a mechanic :roll:

My dad said that I should go with that.
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