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Shocks Rattle Any time i hit a decent size bump I hear a rattle in my shocks... Sounds really bad... I have the sport suspension , i hear it could be  a shock mount? I hear the sound in my rear shocks

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Hi the rattle from rear shocks may well be the lower anchor bushes that have dried up and cracked or shrunk on the fitting thus allowing the lower mount bolt to rattle about on its pin? if your shocks have covered high milage or show sign of leaking? then it would be beneficial to change them? but you can obtain the bushes and are easy diy if you wish ?

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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

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