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I have a new 2016 Camry Hybrid SE... i noticed when driving over speed bumps, the front suspension seems to bottom out quite easily. My 2010 Prius never had that issue. I am not speeding over the bump (more like a quick walking speed) but i am not really crawling over it either. Is this normal?
 

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Adjust your speed so it doesnt bottom out..


just because 'X" car didnt do it doesnt means 'Y' car wont.


If you were comparing 2 different prius' then i can make a helpful post.
 

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I have a new 2016 Camry Hybrid SE... i noticed when driving over speed bumps, the front suspension seems to bottom out quite easily. My 2010 Prius never had that issue. I am not speeding over the bump (more like a quick walking speed) but i am not really crawling over it either. Is this normal?
I can't see how the suspension could bottom out when hitting a speed bump at less than 5 mph. It will make a thud, of course. But bottom out? I hit a deep pothole last winter at about 30mph, and the impact sounded like someone smacked my car with a baseball bat. That was bottoming out. I can't imagine that is what you're hearing. Try approaching the bump at an angle if space and traffic permits. This will soften the impact.
 

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Two possibilities....bad shocks, bad springs....and maybe bad bushings/mounts on related suspension parts.

If OP is correct that the car is bottoming out at such a slow speed, then the car should be taken to a dealer immediately....a broken suspension is dangerous.
 

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Mine SE did the same, had the front shocks replaced under warranty. Is better now but not perfect. No difference in ride quality of old vs new shocks.

In my car I believe the thump (notable bang) occurs when the shock extends, not compresses but I may be wrong.
When you hit the bump it will compress then when you pass over the top, the shock extends.

If you are past warranty you may want to add an extra set of rubber snubbers around the shock shaft since if it does occur when the shock is compressed, it will help absorb the impact.
 

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I have a new 2016 Camry Hybrid SE... i noticed when driving over speed bumps, the front suspension seems to bottom out quite easily.

What exactly is that you mean by bottom out? Those Camrys are known to have a very stiff suspension, that was a common complaint about them. I wholeheartedly do not believe that on a new car springs compress so much that shock absorber hits the shock absorbing donut on the shaft. Ever watched cops going over bumps in their cruiser? They don't even try to slow down - and nothing happens.
If you were referring a loud thud going over bump, I'd rather contribute this to a stiff suspension.
Again, you need to clarify what you base your assumption on?
 
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