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What could be causing clunking in rear end?

Whne I hit bumps I hear clunking sound in rear end of car. Ive changed the struts and sway bar links along with the sway bar bushings. Ive even made sure the spare tire was tightened down and still I get the same noise. Even my rear control arms appear to be fine.

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From previous repairs at work for similar complaints, I believe the noise is comming from your strut mounts. These are the plates that mount on the top of the struts. It is a metal plate with a rubber insulator, the rubber tends to weaken over time and allows excesive movement.

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