Question about 2004 Toyota Camry LE
When I go over bumps I here a clunking noise. It"s not the exhaust or shocks
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
-it could be the sawy bar linkages
-but also check to see if the struts are leaking or that it looks damp
-but because you said it doesn't look like it bouncing when you hit a dip most likely it could be that the struts are dead
-check to see the cars ride hieght that would give you a clue
Posted on Mar 28, 2009
SOURCE: clunking noise
You have worn out upper strut bearing support caps. This is the device that is on top of the struts, and hold the strut to the car. This is a very common issue. You will need to remove the struts, and have the strut coils compressed to remove the bearing support caps. Please do NOT try to compress the strut coils without the correct tool. You could get severly injured if you try this without a proper coil-spring compresser.
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
the camry has struts on the rear they have to be removed and put in a strut spring compressor to hold the spring then you can remove the top nut and replace the shock part of the strut
Posted on Jun 19, 2009
SOURCE: 2005 camry with 75 k
While it is possible the struts or the upper strut mounts are causing the noise, the far more common, and much cheaper problem, is the sway bar links.
To check them properly a drive on hoist is best as it keeps the sway links at the cars normal ride height.
If you lift the car any other way it puts the links into a different position and may be harder to verify the wear.
The links are like small tie rod ends (a ball inside a socket) and when they wear they become loose and cause an awful racket on bumps.
Also where the sway bar is attached to the body there are rubber bushings that wear and allow the bar to wiggle inside and clunk there too, especially in cooler weather when the rubber gets hard.
Sway bar and bushing noise will be evident on the smallest of bumps whereas the strut mounts will need a little more of a bump to create the noise.
If the upper mounts are the problem your struts at 75k will likely be OK, but to change the mounts they have to come out anyway. So you may need to make a decision at that point if mounts needed.
There are a couple of possible common problems for you.
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Posted on Jan 31, 2011
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