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Rear Suspension noise

Arnie

Proven Member
800
1
Mar 29, 2012
San Diego, California
Hey Everybody I have a question.

This is how I bought the car. Before I changed the struts it made that noise and after I changed the struts it still makes that noise. I was sure after the struts were changed it would of stopped making that noise, but nope unfortunately still makes that noise.

What do you think it may be? :aha:


My rear suspension has been making noises when I drive turn corners, break, accelerate.


I just changed the rear struts.

How do I know if it is an axle or ball joints or etc?

Thanks for reading and helping!
 

TurboLaserRS

Proven Member
512
6
May 14, 2011
Dayton, Ohio
Could you possibly take a video of it? Something is making a really wonky sound in the rear of my laser, that just started after I had some people ride in the back seats for the first time. I'm curious as to whether we have the same problem, I can't seem to figure it out on my own.
Does yours sound worse at low speeds than at highway speed?
 

Arnie

Proven Member
800
1
Mar 29, 2012
San Diego, California
I'll see if I can take a video. It doesn't make noise when I drive on the freeway, just on the street, at turns, when I hit the breaks/slow down,and possibly when I hit bumps.

If I don't find out, I will possibly take it to a suspension shop and see what is wrong or loose.

I also took out the spare tire, wooden cover and everything out of the trunk area to see where the noise was coming from. I am pretty sure something is wrong around the rear suspension area.

Like I hear it from the area around the rear tires. Just can't call what it is.
 

TheRock0720

Proven Member
250
0
Jan 5, 2011
Southern, New_Hampshire
Is it a sort of creaking noise? If it is, then it's most likely the bushings right above the rear tire. I'm having a blank and can't think of what the arm is called... :facepalm:

Edit- okay I think I was thinking of the Upper Control Arm Bushings. They can be replaced by following these steps http://www.dsmtalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=222152

I'll actually be doing this pretty soon...
 

jtmcinder

DSM Wiseman
5,403
82
Nov 4, 2003
Iowa City, Iowa
If your car has a rear sway-bar, look at it first. After that, it's usually a torn/blown bushing. So you put the car on stands and start yanking.
 

95talongirl

Supporting Member
1,876
167
Feb 9, 2008
On a Jet Plane, Illinois
Yes, check the bushings back there on the control arm/spindle assembly and the sway bar. Both, like stated above can cause noise. Actually, when I had the upper bushings on my white '95 go bad, the car's rear end would actually wiggle some (like a RWD car loosing traction) when taking turns. Thought I was going crazy... haha!
 

Arnie

Proven Member
800
1
Mar 29, 2012
San Diego, California
If your car has a rear sway-bar, look at it first. After that, it's usually a torn/blown bushing. So you put the car on stands and start yanking.

No I do not have a sway bar, but after I put them on stands, how can I tell if they're bad? Sorry if I sound noobish :S .

Is it a sort of creaking noise? If it is, then it's most likely the bushings right above the rear tire. I'm having a blank and can't think of what the arm is called... :facepalm:

Edit- okay I think I was thinking of the Upper Control Arm Bushings. They can be replaced by following these steps How do I replace my rear upper control arm bushings for both sides? - DSM Forums: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Plymouth Laser, and Eagle Talon Forum: DSMtalk.com

I'll actually be doing this pretty soon...

Thanks bro, I will look into it right now! :hellyeah:

Yes, check the bushings back there on the control arm/spindle assembly and the sway bar. Both, like stated above can cause noise. Actually, when I had the upper bushings on my white '95 go bad, the car's rear end would actually wiggle some (like a RWD car loosing traction) when taking turns. Thought I was going crazy... haha!

Thank goodness mine is FWD :p hahaha,:tease: I will get on this for sure today, don't want anything bad happening to my baby!

Thank you! ;)
 
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5150DSM

Supporting VIP
856
3
Jan 5, 2004
Sacramento, California
Upper pillow ball mounts on the struts. I always recommend changing mounts when doing struts.
 

Arnie

Proven Member
800
1
Mar 29, 2012
San Diego, California
Ok I looked at the bushing on the control arm. Yeah that's the issue. I looked at it and had a friend put his ear next to it as I put pressure on the car. Squeak came from that area.

Gonna order the part, then take it to get fixed / replaced.

Do I just need to replace that bushing or is there other components that need to get replaced?

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/pa...yWord=control+arm+bushings+&fromString=search

Couldn't find it on JNZTUNING, the rear suspension didn't want to open up...

Can someone give me a part #? or let me know what I should be ordering before I start spending? Thank you in advance!

https://www.google.com/search?q=pol...a=X&ei=J31jUL6iBaqw2gWfnIGQBA&ved=0CEsQuw0oAQ

I found these online and they're cheaper then auto shops. So yeah looking around waiting for an answer...
 
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IntrigdIrishGuy

Probationary Member
28
0
Sep 28, 2005
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Had this happen on mine. A short term alternative if the bushings are just dry is some white lithium grease
 
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