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2001 pt cruiser hear a thump noise

Everytime i go over a speed bump or i hit a pothole i hear a thump coming from the rear of the car what can it possibly be causing this noise?

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There is a pivot point for your rear sway bar called the watts linkage that wears out the center bushing and will cause a rattle or clunk

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This is either caused by a wore out strut/shock in the rear of the car or a broken spring.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

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Try replacing the inner sway bar bushings . This got rid of the annoying thumping noise that was driving me crazy every time I went over a pothole or bumpy section of road. Total cost taxes in was $85.17.

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Hello, I have a 2001 PT and I have the same sound. I noticed that it disappeared when I had put my spare tire on after a flat! I think that it is the spare rattling around in there. I have had my PT for 5 years.

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This could be Caused by Worn Shocks. PT's are low to the Ground anyway, But, If the Shocks are to worn they will not allow the Car to Clear these Obstacles.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

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