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I have a rattling/metal to metal jingle like something is loose in my rear struts 1988 bmw 735i how can i gain access from inside of vehicle to see it there is something that needs to be tightened. struts were just installed by a bootleg mechanic about 2 weeks ago ( dont want to deal with this mechanic any more)

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Yes you can access the struts bolt inside the trunk, it only one bolt that bolt to the struts mount per side, you will see it when you open the trunk up. make sure the bolts is tight on top and the center rubber bushing strut mount is not worned; without the center rubber bushing you may get some noise like the struts is still loose. second inspect the coil spring seating and struts making sure is seated and bolt on properly. Its going to be hard to inspect without the tires being off from the axle. sometime when the coil spring is not seated properly in its place it will make all sort of metal grinding and rattles. if you cant solve or find the issue what make that sound, find a station that give you free brakes and fluid inspections while getting the oil change have them take a look while the car while is on the lift to see what causing that noise, guarantee it should cost you nothing but oil change. auto zone seem to be a good place to have the oil change and free inspections; that way you better ideas and do it your self. if you have a floor jack, take the wheel off and grab on to the strut than spring try to **** it around and see if its loose and its seated properly and make sure the can is sitting on level ground and the brakes is set. check the rear sway bar has a proper bushing and also is tight.

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