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Crunchy sound, like rubber rubbing metal, in the back of the car

I have a 2004 Dodge Stratus. My car is making a crunchy sound, like rubber is rubbing against metal, when i go over bumps in the road but mostly when I am going up a steep driveway. I had the back struts replaced, which has help with it alot but has not stop the sound from coming back. I took it back to the shop and they put so oil on the bushing on the front struts. With all the efforts the mechanics have done to fix the problem, it is still making that crunchy sound. I don't know what esle to do. Could u please help me and point me in the right direction. I know the car should not be making a sound like that. But overall I do love the car.

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There is numerous places, (which you probably already know) , that could be the culprit, from traction bar bushings to control arm bushings etc. Have you tried taking it to a place that specializes in suspension, alignments & or shocks & struts. Quite often they are more apt to run into the symptoms you are describing, and may know right of the bat, what the most common cause is. The other option is that the dealer (Chrysler/dodge) may even have a technical service bulletin out on it, but a lot of times that info is not available to local repair shops. When all else fails, try calling your local parts store & ask them what is the most common bushing replacements they sell for yoour vehicle. I've gotten lots of good info from knowledable parts guys over the years, just by them telling me what everyone has been buying to fix hard to find problems.

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