Even the smallest bumps cause a noise from the front suspension as if something is "bottoming-out". Shock absorption feels like it should and ride is still solid and there is no apparent looseness at all.
If it's a loud bang then I had the same problem with mine after I took it in for some new front tyres. the mechanic said I needed a new steering rack...he was so wrong it makes me sick to think he gets payed for it.
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If there is no noise when driving the car over a flat bump-free surface, it tends to suggest that the problem may well lie in the shock absorber or spring .. or .. as someone else has pointed out .. the bushes. A worn rubber bush permits metal to etal contact - the tapping noise .. and can also cause vibration.
Pushing down on the corner of your car should feel stiff as you are pushing against the shock absorber. If the spring is broken your car well make a heavy 'crashing noise' over each bump. Though any rubberised bush that is worn can also cause the same sound when driven over a bump.
If the car makes that tapping noise even when driven over an even surface it cold point to bearing troubles. However, as you say that it is bone jarring when up to speed suggests the problem lies in either a loose wheel nut, an out of balance or damaged wheel rim or worn rubber bush - or something worn that allows metal to metal contact.
The easiest solution - and the cheapest - is to take your car to a workshop. They will tell you within minutes what the problem is. If you try and replace parts yourself to cure the problem .. well .. usually we replace the wrong part and end up paying more for parts before we find the problem. The other point to bear in mind is that it isn't always easy to identify something like a worn rubber bush when the car is standing on the ground. It's easier when it has it has the weight lifted from its wheels - on a hoist.
Get your car to a workshop and let them identify the fault. You can change the worn parts yourself
Probably not, but we can't say until it is identified. A very common cause of this in Camrys is that the rear suspension anti-sway bar retainer bushings become worn. See p 95 http://www.turboninjas.com/camry/sa.pdf
If you think the noise is more to the front then maybe a ball joint is worn, possibly the rack end ball joint or tie rod end. Jack the front wheel up on each side in turn, grab the wheel at each side and shake it back and forth as hard as you can. If you hear or feel looseness, the problem is in the steering, as above. Then shake the wheel while holding it at top and bottom. If you feel looseness then, the problem is in the front suspension joints somewhere. Repeat this on the other front wheel. Let it down on the ground, then bounce each front corner up and down as hard as you can (you might have to have a second person with you doing this). If you hear a clunk or feel excessive bounciness, it is the shock absorber strut making noises. When bouncing like this, the car should resist, and not keep bouncing when you let go.
It is ideal to have the suspension checked on all the four wheels. It is possible that loose joints, faulty bearings or faulty suspension links , shock-absorbers can cause this bump and noise.
A close check individually with a visual check on the bottom with all the linkages checked for PLAY or looseness will confirm , Check the wheel bearings and brake pad settings.
it is possible that the shocky on that side is faulty so a replacement would fix it if that is the fault
rather than being a "frozen "unit
it is more likely a broken unit that is allowing the suspension to bottom out on the bump
Take it to an accredited front suspension shop and have them do a front end check
The front[or rear] sway bars have links in them that are rubber mounted,it sounds like one of the sway bar links is broken,or one of the sway bar bushings is missing.Find the sway bar and have a close look at the mounts to see if the problem lies here.
It could be, but check shock bushings, control arm bushings, sway bar and brackets. There are anumber of things that can cause a rattle. The first thing to be done is jack the truck up mput it on stands and start checking before replaceing parts. Pay close attention to shocks bushings and anything rubber.
Have you tried driving over a bump whilst also applying the brakes? (Right foot on gas, left gently on brake - with no one behind you!) If the noise goes away, then it could be the brake pads that are not fitted correctly. Only posting this, as this just happened to mine...the mechanic took it over bumps and noise was there. Applied brakes whilst going over bump, noise went away. Replaced badly fitted rear pads (had been bodged by another garage) and the problem was solved.
sounds to me like your front control arm bushings are broken. have your mechanic check the bushings in rear of the control arm. the ones that are right by the 3 bolts in the control arm in rear. those bushings brake and cause play in the whole assembly, causing a rattle. Its a black round bushing about 2 inches in diamater. its most likely all separated. common problem. Have him look at your stabilizer bar links also.