98 Camry clunking sound

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Old 03 Apr 2005, 10:12 pm   #1 (permalink)
AY Metz
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Default 98 Camry clunking sound

Got a 98 Camry CE V6 with only 60000 miles. When going over bumps a loud
clunking noise seems to be coming from the front passenger side. Had a
Toyota mech check it out but he couldn't find anything loose or worn (struts
in good condition).

Does anyone have an idea what this could be?

Alex


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Old 04 Apr 2005, 04:16 am   #2 (permalink)
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AY Metz, 4/3/2005, 11:12:28 PM, wrote:

> Got a 98 Camry CE V6 with only 60000 miles. When going over bumps a
> loud clunking noise seems to be coming from the front passenger side.
> Had a Toyota mech check it out but he couldn't find anything loose or
> worn (struts in good condition).
>
> Does anyone have an idea what this could be?
>
> Alex


It is most probably the strut mount bushings. This is a common problem
in early Generation4 and all Generation 3 Camrys. My 94 and 97 Camrys
both had this problem.

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Old 04 Apr 2005, 11:06 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 Camry clunking sound

Check the stabilizer bar bushings.
Inexpensive and easy to replace.
BTW, if your car is making a clunking sound over bumps and the mechanic
can't find anything, I'd be looking for another mechanic.

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Old 05 Apr 2005, 06:53 am   #4 (permalink)
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"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> AY Metz, 4/3/2005, 11:12:28 PM, wrote:
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>> Got a 98 Camry CE V6 with only 60000 miles. When going over bumps a
>> loud clunking noise seems to be coming from the front passenger side.


> It is most probably the strut mount bushings. This is a common problem
> in early Generation4 and all Generation 3 Camrys. My 94 and 97 Camrys
> both had this problem.


My daughter has a 97 XLE, coming home from college she hit some rough road
and reported the same. Couldn't replicate it drving around town or highway,
(course I didn't hit any big holes).
Is it something that affects stability, drivability, and how soon should it
be fixed. I'd like to wait until she's back for the summer and what, get new
struts, bushings, or what? Car does have 110k so reckon it's time for struts
anyway, but what else should I tell my mechanic?
Thanks
Mark


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Old 08 Apr 2005, 06:47 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 Camry clunking sound

On Sun, 3 Apr 2005 21:12:28 -0600, "AY Metz" <aymetz@sasktel.net>
wrote:

Check out suspension TSB # SU001-00. That cured my
front end noise in my '99 LE.

You can find the TSB here in the file section

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Toyotas_Only

>Got a 98 Camry CE V6 with only 60000 miles. When going over bumps a loud
>clunking noise seems to be coming from the front passenger side. Had a
>Toyota mech check it out but he couldn't find anything loose or worn (struts
>in good condition).
>
>Does anyone have an idea what this could be?
>
>Alex
>


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Old 25 Apr 2005, 02:55 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 Camry clunking sound

I second this.
Ask your mechanic, you may want to find one that knows Toyotas (since
this is a well known problem with the 97-98 camrys!), to check the
front strut mount bearings/bushings. My 97 CE V6 had loud clunking
noises for a long, long time. I had an idea of what the problem was but
did not want to spend the money to do it. This is something that you
can replace yourself but it's not necessarily easy since you've got to
compress the strut springs. Anyway, last week, I had my mechanic
replace the strut mounts (which includes bearings) for $ 290.0 total.
My car is now as quiet as the day I drove it off of the lot. 162,000
miles and counting.
Ian

badgolferman wrote:
> AY Metz, 4/3/2005, 11:12:28 PM, wrote:
>
> > Got a 98 Camry CE V6 with only 60000 miles. When going over bumps a
> > loud clunking noise seems to be coming from the front passenger

side.
> > Had a Toyota mech check it out but he couldn't find anything loose

or
> > worn (struts in good condition).
> >
> > Does anyone have an idea what this could be?
> >
> > Alex

>
> It is most probably the strut mount bushings. This is a common

problem
> in early Generation4 and all Generation 3 Camrys. My 94 and 97

Camrys
> both had this problem.
>
> --
> No matter what happens someone will find a way to take it too

seriously.

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