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Old 26 Jul 2003, 05:49 pm   #1 (permalink)
Gary Danaher
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Default Rear suspension noise when loaded

99 Camry 4cyl. Car has about 55k miles. When car is heavily loaded I can
hear an occasional muted thumping in the rear. Sounds a lot like the
original front stut mounts that were replaced in warranty when the car
was new. Dealer says he can't hear the noise. They must be deaf, or I
need to load more sand in the trunk before the next trip over there.
Don't think the suspension is bottoming out because it somethimes
happens on even roadway that has been milled and creates a vibration.
Struts aren't leaking and nothing looks broken. Car never wrecked. Any
ideas??

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Old 26 Jul 2003, 06:27 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Daughter has a 1992 (I think) Toyota Previa that was making a noise when
stopping and A/C on - a light knocking noise. Assuming it was the A/C, she
had someone check the A/C & they observed the A/C appeared ok and that it
may be the water pump.
Taking it to a local dealer - the dealer's mechanics said it was the SAD
shaft ? and the parts were over $1200.
Vehicle has 120,000 miles, routinely maintained.
comments, suggestions - whatever other info is needed?
dan


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Old 27 Jul 2003, 01:40 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Rear suspension noise when loaded

In my Camry the noise came from the top mount of the strut (the part between
strut and body).

"Gary Danaher" <gdanaher@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> 99 Camry 4cyl. Car has about 55k miles. When car is heavily loaded I can
> hear an occasional muted thumping in the rear. Sounds a lot like the
> original front stut mounts that were replaced in warranty when the car
> was new. Dealer says he can't hear the noise. They must be deaf, or I
> need to load more sand in the trunk before the next trip over there.
> Don't think the suspension is bottoming out because it somethimes
> happens on even roadway that has been milled and creates a vibration.
> Struts aren't leaking and nothing looks broken. Car never wrecked. Any
> ideas??
>



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Old 27 Jul 2003, 10:49 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Rear suspension noise when loaded

renewing the part.

"Gary Danaher" <gdanaher@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> So what was the fix?
>
> kriegsman wrote:
> > In my Camry the noise came from the top mount of the strut (the part

between
> > strut and body).
> >
> > "Gary Danaher" <gdanaher@comcast.net> wrote in message
> > news:AzDUa.153035$N7.21373@sccrnsc03...
> >
> >>99 Camry 4cyl. Car has about 55k miles. When car is heavily loaded I can
> >>hear an occasional muted thumping in the rear. Sounds a lot like the
> >>original front stut mounts that were replaced in warranty when the car
> >>was new. Dealer says he can't hear the noise. They must be deaf, or I
> >>need to load more sand in the trunk before the next trip over there.
> >>Don't think the suspension is bottoming out because it somethimes
> >>happens on even roadway that has been milled and creates a vibration.
> >>Struts aren't leaking and nothing looks broken. Car never wrecked. Any
> >>ideas??
> >>

> >
> >
> >

>



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Old 28 Jul 2003, 08:24 am   #5 (permalink)
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I have the exact same problem. The sound is the same as the front strut
mount problem, except that it comes from the rear (right side on mine).
Almost never a noise unless there are passengers in the back, or the car is
otherwise heavily loaded. My dealer says the struts need to be replaced (I
have 100k miles on the car, and they've never been replaced- my noise
started around the same time as yours). While I have no problem believing
that the struts could stand a replacement (to the tune of about $1200 for
all 4), I find it hard to believe that they are the cause of the noise we
hear. I suspect the bolt that holds the strut mojnt on is loose, but the
labor involved is about the same as replacing the struts- the back seat has
to come out, which involves removing the seat belt system and some other
things. This is what drives up the cost- according to the dealer.


"Gary Danaher" <gdanaher@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> 99 Camry 4cyl. Car has about 55k miles. When car is heavily loaded I can
> hear an occasional muted thumping in the rear. Sounds a lot like the
> original front stut mounts that were replaced in warranty when the car
> was new. Dealer says he can't hear the noise. They must be deaf, or I
> need to load more sand in the trunk before the next trip over there.
> Don't think the suspension is bottoming out because it somethimes
> happens on even roadway that has been milled and creates a vibration.
> Struts aren't leaking and nothing looks broken. Car never wrecked. Any
> ideas??
>



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Old 28 Jul 2003, 09:55 am   #6 (permalink)
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I replaced all 4 struts on my 98 Camry a few months ago (after 240.000 km or
150.000 miles).
I did it myself and I can tell you, this certainly did not involve removing
the seat belt system!!
You can just pull the rear seat out then the two side parts (next to the
seats back) by removing two bolts.
Then you have acces to the three nuts on top of the struts.
This is probably no more than 10 min. of work!!



"Alan" <alan@erols.com> wrote in message
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> I have the exact same problem. The sound is the same as the front strut
> mount problem, except that it comes from the rear (right side on mine).
> Almost never a noise unless there are passengers in the back, or the car

is
> otherwise heavily loaded. My dealer says the struts need to be replaced (I
> have 100k miles on the car, and they've never been replaced- my noise
> started around the same time as yours). While I have no problem believing
> that the struts could stand a replacement (to the tune of about $1200 for
> all 4), I find it hard to believe that they are the cause of the noise we
> hear. I suspect the bolt that holds the strut mojnt on is loose, but the
> labor involved is about the same as replacing the struts- the back seat

has
> to come out, which involves removing the seat belt system and some other
> things. This is what drives up the cost- according to the dealer.
>
>
> "Gary Danaher" <gdanaher@comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:AzDUa.153035$N7.21373@sccrnsc03...
> > 99 Camry 4cyl. Car has about 55k miles. When car is heavily loaded I can
> > hear an occasional muted thumping in the rear. Sounds a lot like the
> > original front stut mounts that were replaced in warranty when the car
> > was new. Dealer says he can't hear the noise. They must be deaf, or I
> > need to load more sand in the trunk before the next trip over there.
> > Don't think the suspension is bottoming out because it somethimes
> > happens on even roadway that has been milled and creates a vibration.
> > Struts aren't leaking and nothing looks broken. Car never wrecked. Any
> > ideas??
> >

>
>



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