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Super stiff left rear suspension

My left rear corner started rumbling badly over tiny bumps - just in a parking lot. Two weeks later, the suspension on that corner is super stiff and any little bump at any speed it like being hit with a huge hammer. If I push down on that corner, it almost doesn't move at all. Thanks!

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    T Ross Mar 27, 2014

    OK, I have no idea why my issue appeared under 2003 Buick Rendezvouz. It's a 2001 Lexus es300 and that's where I was when I posted this. But, for the record, the rumble is akin to guy nextdoor using a tap hammer on a nail to put a picture on the wall. And I don't hit the gas hard in parking lots. I'm 48 and I'm over that behavior! It happens whether or not I'm on the gas, at all. And the bumpiness, especially when I'm up to speed, is absolutely bone-jarring.



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If there is no noise when driving the car over a flat bump-free surface, it tends to suggest that the problem may well lie in the shock absorber or spring .. or .. as someone else has pointed out .. the bushes. A worn rubber bush permits metal to etal contact - the tapping noise .. and can also cause vibration.

Pushing down on the corner of your car should feel stiff as you are pushing against the shock absorber. If the spring is broken your car well make a heavy 'crashing noise' over each bump. Though any rubberised bush that is worn can also cause the same sound when driven over a bump.

If the car makes that tapping noise even when driven over an even surface it cold point to bearing troubles. However, as you say that it is bone jarring when up to speed suggests the problem lies in either a loose wheel nut, an out of balance or damaged wheel rim or worn rubber bush - or something worn that allows metal to metal contact.

The easiest solution - and the cheapest - is to take your car to a workshop. They will tell you within minutes what the problem is. If you try and replace parts yourself to cure the problem .. well .. usually we replace the wrong part and end up paying more for parts before we find the problem. The other point to bear in mind is that it isn't always easy to identify something like a worn rubber bush when the car is standing on the ground. It's easier when it has it has the weight lifted from its wheels - on a hoist.

Get your car to a workshop and let them identify the fault. You can change the worn parts yourself

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Really a lac of info, but do check the exhaust. Is the noise when you put the peddle to the metal, or easing off??? And what sort of sound?? 1/ shake your teeth out,2/shakes the whole car, 3/just annouying? Please help us help you! Frankster016

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These are side products of the all wheel drive system, incombo with the locking rear dfferentials.

You'll find the auto-lockers will tend to do that following a tight turn, particularly when you're doing it quickly.

The thud is similar in nature; it's just the All wheel system trying to figure out where to put the power.

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SOURCE: Front driver side suspension knock over bumps

See if you can bounce car and replicate the noise. If you can, you should be able to find it, and put your hand on it. Stabilizer bushing are a place to look, both at the lower a arm and on the frame. If you narrow it down to the strut, it will need to be replaced. The front trans mount also goes bad, try putting it in drive with your foot on the brake and give it some gas and see if the engine moves an excessive amount.

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Your Buick LeSabre may have air shocks on the rear. Check the shocks for leakage or stains from previous leaking. If the shocks are leaking you'll need to replace the set. Don't replace only one shock-replace them both.

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worn suspension shocks sway bar broke bring to local mechanic and have inspected

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