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Front suspension noises, bad new struts?

Hi...I recently had my front struts with boots replaced in my 1997 RAV4. This took care of the old BOING sound I was having but gave me a new one, a rattle from the front left wheel area whenever I drive over minor bumps and dings in the road. My mechanic charged me more to replace the stabilizer links but that didn't affect the rattle. What else can it be? Can the new strut be bad? Is it my mechanic's fault or just a snowball deterioration of my car's suspension? Thanks, Tina

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It sounds like the mechanic may have left the upper strut nut a bit loose, you may want to ask him to check it, but be nice, Toyota had some problems with upper strut mounts. These are on the top of the strut, they hold them to the body of the car. Unfortunately you have to remove and disassemble the struts to replace them. You could try asking your mechanic to just replace the one side and try it. I'm pretty sure that's your problem and he may give you a break since he's done all the other work. There is also a bulletin on a rattle from the side view mirror, but I think since this just started with the strut job, the mount is your most likely cause.
Google: toyota upper strut mount rattle

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