Rattling sound from Camry 99


#1

I have a 99 Toyota Camry V6. I replaced all 4 struts and the right side strut was replaced with a Monroe Quick Strut (Mount, spring a strut as a single peice). After few months a sound started to come from right side when ever the car went over the bump. I replaced the right sided strut nder warrenty. But after few months a ratteling sound started to come from the same side and the strut was replaced again but the sound was still there. The sound was load. I took the car to Belle tires and according to them it might be from the strut mount or from the swaybar link. I changed the swaybar link and the strut too BUT THE SOUND WAS STILL THERE. I took the car to another mechanic and he said the same thing, IT IS THE STRUT. I gave up. I drove the car with the sound coming for few months but it was too annoying. I’m sure it can be heard aoutside the car also. I called the Monroe warrenty and exchange dept. and ask for the money back as their part was not working but they said get is exchange under warrenty. And today I replaced the strut again (Quick Strut). BUT THE SOUND IS STILL THERE. I checked everything and it seems tight. I don’t know what to do. With these strut replacement I think it is not the strut that is making the sound, but can’t figure out where is the sound coming from? Need help, PLEASE share some advise. Thanks.


#2

I think it’s a very technical question and needs an expert to answer. Is there a true mechanic out there?


#3

Believe it or not, this is common. I’m not sure exactly how to fix it, but it has to do with the upper strut mount, I think. My mother’s '99 Camry does exactly the same thing, and I’ve read other posts here about this problem.


#4

Thanks for the reply. But what are my options here. If I go for a genuine parts for the dealer it will cost me $500 while I get the new strut yesterday for free as a warrenty replacement. What I did this time that, there is a curve metal plate where the mount bolts come out, I place that first on the strut and then place it under the body because what I noticed that after tightening the upper part of the strut to car body the strut doesn’t hang straight but I have to push a bit inside for the hub to get in place. I thought that might be putting some stress on the mount itself. The sound is low but still there. I’m thinking to buy a used strut mount and replace it with the Monroe’s. What you say??


#5

The odds of getting that many bad struts in a row is near zero. Someone is missing something.
What I would seriously consider looking at is the lower ball joint first followed by (in order) a worn/loose inner tie rod or tie rod end. Any of those can cause a rattle in the front that will resemble a bad strut and they’re all easy to check.

The lower ball joint is also a very serious safety issue and should not be ignored.

Also, if you were driving around for a while with weak struts keep in mind that things like ball joints, tie rods, stabilizer links, etc. can be beaten to death prematurely by bad struts.


#6

This model is notorious for bad strut mounts, which is different than the strut. Has that been changed? In a similar case if we let the car sit under the sun the noise would almost disappear not sure why.


#7

This model is notorious for bad strut mounts, which is different than the strut.

That’s the first thing I thought of. But then the OP states the strut was replaced with a quick strut. Doesn’t the quick strut include the mount?


#8

Somebody has to check a catalytic converter shield or any other rattling sheet metal.


#9

Yep, the Quick Strut includes the upper mount. The problem is elsewhere.