I have a 2003 Ford Taurus SE with ~95000 miles. It has been a very cold and harsh winter in New England. Recently, I have been hearing a clunking noise in the rear, right tire region when hitting bumps, both small and large. I can pretty much hear the noise even on slight bumps but it is most noticeable with bigger bumps. I haven't been able to check this yet because I do not have a garage and the temperatures here have been below 10 degrees consistently. What do you guys think?

  • Possible swaybar link issue or a broken strut spring?
    – mikes
    Feb 26 '15 at 18:27
  • Could also be a worn out/broken strut/shock mount. Look at any of the places where the rear suspension comes together for worn out parts or cracked rubber. Feb 26 '15 at 23:15

This could be one of several things:

  • Swaybar links broken or missing
  • Worn out strut/shock mount (on either end)
  • Worn out suspension parts ... anywhere the suspension has a bushing which meets the car itself

Without being there in person, it's hard to tell beyond that what it might be. I mean, it could also be a loose spare in the trunk area.


You have just described the sounds of a failing shock absorber / strut. The top of your strut / absorber does not force out fast enough and creates the bouncing ball effect.

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