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I have a rattle clicking sound when going over bumps with my 97 Toyota Avalon.. It is coming from the right front.. I can't tell low or high..Could it be the stablizer link or the strut bearing.?? The strut itself is not that old..How can you TEST or recreate the motion with this car up on stands?? If I could do that it would be an easy pinpoint..Also, it appears that the rubber bushing on the top of the strut tower is torn as it is sticking out from the hole somewhat.. Thx, Dale

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All great questions

typically this vehicle is diagnosed in the air
However, the visual inspection is the most important

who replaced the strut?
if you had it done, go back there for a FREE follow up diagnoses

If ONLY the strut was replaced I would be concerned about the strut bushing/bearing. I ALWAYS replace these when replacing the strut, but then again I also replace the spring too if the vehicle is more than 10 years old

the sway bar and links are easy to check with a visual

but again, if you had the struts replaced by a garage or dealer within the best year they should give you a free diagnoses for the noise

let me know if I can be of any further assistance

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Hi! If you want to test the car's fault while on stand, please try these procedures:
- While on stand, hold the wheel side by side and wiggle it. If noise comes out then you have a faulty wheel bearing and it may need replacement.
- While on stand, hold the wheel with one hand on top and one hand below. Start to wiggle it. If noise comes out then you have a rack end pinion problem and you need to replace it.
Hope this helps and have a good one!

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