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Rear end rattle when going over bumps

1995 volvo 960 sedan with 118,000 miles.

Car rides well, engine is quiet and shifts well.

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Usually its the sway bar links that rattle horribly,it sounds like the suspension is falling out...but its not, the sway bar links are usually pretty cheap and not bad too replace,if you can get under the car grab them and give em a good pull ans u will usually feel a little play in the ball and sockets on the ends of them,hope this helps,or have your hand on one and have a friend rock the car side to side and u might feel it then

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