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The front shocks were replaced 6 months ago on my '98 Camry, and recently they have been making loud clicking noises when going over bumps. The noise is getting louder. Stabilisers are new and the steering still feels firm. Anyone know what is causing the noise and how it can be fixed?

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  • bemif Jul 13, 2009

    Thanks but this didnt show any problems when tested - CV joints should be ok as they were replaced 18 months ago and have only done 15,000km. The sound has more of a rattle to it now.

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It may be related to the shock job or not. You can look at the top of the towers for loose nuts there. sway bar links click over bumps. Could be they weren't reconnected right to the new strut. your going to have to take it back and have them look see. These other posts have merit also.

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Could be the tower bushings for the McPherson struts or you have an exhaust pipe messing up or loose.

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It may not be your shocks at all. It could be the bearings in one of your CV joints. If you hear the sound when you are turning then that's your problem. Open the windows and drive at a slow speed while making turns. Listen to what side the noise is coming from and replace that CV arm.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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    Difficult to detect without actually hearing where the noise is coming from. Bad CV joints do make a clicking sound when you're turning, but if it's a rattling, then there must be a thin piece of metal loose somewhere. If it was a thick part (like a bushing) the sound would be more of a thud or clunking sound. Try looking along the exhaust pipe to the manifold (especially the catalytic converter). There may be a heat shield that rusted away and is rattling.

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