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Banging and rattling seems to come from trunk. **** seems to be coming from top of struts . had shock replaced recently and it did not stop noises

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  • ellipoo Apr 30, 2010

    Makes sense. how much can I expect to pay for this repairs?


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Have the control arm bushings checked out. They will make all kinds of noises if worn out

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