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I have replaced my back shocks on 2004 maxima now something is rattling in the rear end can't figure it out wasn't doing it until I repaced those shocks.

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Hi Yameekia, Chock the front wheels, loosen the wheels, jack up the rear end and place chassis stands under the vehicle and then remove wheels. You will see a torsion bar connecting the left and right suspensions. The bar is sometimes referred to as an anti roll bar or a stabilizer bar. It is attached to the body with saddle clamps with rubber bushings, replace both bushes. At either end you will see that the anti roll bar is attached to the suspension by flexible linkages. These are small rods with small ball joints at each end. When worn these same ball joints make a lot of noise, hammering out a drum roll with each bump in the road. Replace those and I believe your problems will be over. You mentioned replacing the rear shocks....what about the front? Did you know that the shocks are not there to give a comfortable ride but instead to hold the tyres in contact with the road surface. They are a safety requirement for road holding, so with that in mind, have a good look at those too! Regards John

Posted on Feb 19, 2012

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SOURCE: 2004 Envoy XL, the rear-end suddenly lowered dramatically

your shocks dampen the movement and up and down flow or you suspension. it is may be a bad coil spring

Posted on Apr 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 2004 nissan maxima

Take a look at your gausett brackets, by the front exhaust tube. 2 sheet metal lookig brackets, each held up by 2 screws each. Those gausetts brake and cause a rattle, Common problem on a MAxima your year. Nissan has a TSB for replacement of these brackets.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

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SOURCE: Shocks Rattle

if in doubt ask a shop for a estimate such as midas usally no cost and it never hurts to get a second estimate , struts /shocks should be replaced at 80.000 km could be a sway bar link you need to get a helper to ride with you at the location of sound and investigate if your visual inspection finds nothing

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Terrible rear end rattle

It's probably the rear sway bar links. If you can jack your car up and check right behind both rear wheels you will be abale to see the sway bar which is connected to short links about 5in long with ball joints.

If either of them are broken or not connected anymore it can cause some pretty loud noises when you ride on rough roads or hit bumps. They run about $35 per link so it's not a very expensive repair.

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: rattles from right rear shock area

strut top mounts bad or rear sway bar bushings. always one or the other.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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