Rattle seems to come from the front end, it is not the exhaust, I have already repaired those rattles. This noise is most prominent when I hit a bump driving in the city. Happens on straights or turns under braking or acceleration. I have about 120k mi on the car. Thanks
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Re: Front suspension ratle
I think your (and my) Outback uses gas-filled shocks so the tell-tale signs of leakng fluid will not be visible.
Oddly, Haynes doesn't mention which is standard.
Try the 'bounce test,' it isn't conclusive but it may give you a clue as to whether you have a blown shock or not.
Push down firmly on each fender individually and let it rise suddenly.
Note how each corner responds, if a corner rises a little above static level, then falls back and stops, the shock is probably still functional.
If one or the other seems to bounce a little more than described, the shock is probably toast.
They should always be replaced in pairs.
120 K is a good run for any shocks; they mostly start to lose their function at half that mileage.
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Look at the brakwe strut arms that connect to the lower control arms and the cross member below tghe radiator. Also if it happens while making turns left or right into a driveway (knocking type noise , look at the sealed wheel bearings. I had this ande water waqs getting into the bearing through the dust cap
At 36,000 miles I had to have my rack and pinions replaced. Problem fixed. At 84,000 miles I had the front tie rods replaced and new front tires. Still has the noise. Now I find out it is suspension and bushings. I still love the car though.
look at the front lower engine mount. I had similar noise which has been driving me nuts, thought may be thesway bar links, put it on friends hoist and saw that the front engine mount (mounted to bottom of lower radiator support) was cracked and the rubber bushing inside very worn with pieces missing. odd thing is that reving, or putting into gear never caused it to make a noise, just certain bumps. I ordered part from Autozone,hopefully it gets here before the holiday week end is over. Good luck
Strut tops are a common failure on the 97-01 era Camry/Solaras.
They will make a hollow rattle sound whenever you hit bumps or uneven pavement.
They can be replaced one at a time, and do not require strut replacement if your old struts are still in good shape. Replacement does require a strut compressor and an alignment afterwards, placing it outside the scope of most do-it-yourselfers.
It is labeled "suspension support" in the following diagram. The bearing below it is typically replaced at the same time.
I think the problem is the power take off for the front fan ,steering etc. Underneath the middle of the car you will see what looks like a small propshaft pointing towards the front with a doughnut shapped mounting bolted to each end. These rubber joints wear and rattle on tick over or low revs cost is about £40 for the 2 from Japarts
Takes about 2 hours to change.Hope this helps Good luck