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#3391813 - 06/07/14 10:33 PM suspension noise
Rolomoto Offline

Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 65
Loc: PA
In my 2001 Toyota Echo I have a noise in my suspension but I don't know where it is coming from. I made a video of me pushing down on the hood to produce the noise. I notice it when i turn the wheel at low speed, or even just driving at low speed. There is enough power steering fluid. The sound is a groaning, kind of like a rusty hinge.

video with suspension noise

suspension pics
2011 Toyota Camry
2001 Toyota Echo
1995 Toyota Tercel

#3391834 - 06/07/14 11:03 PM Re: suspension noise [Re: Rolomoto]
Quest Offline

Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 7304
Loc: beaver land EH?
At least I can see (from your pics) that your sway bar link bushings are rotten (cracked) and in need of a full replacement.

All other rubber bushings, etc. need to be replaced.

Then take it from there.

"Internet discussion boards act as echo chambers for conspiracy dittoheads" A.Allen

#3391871 - 06/07/14 11:51 PM Re: suspension noise [Re: Rolomoto]
Barkleymut Offline

Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2656
Loc: Richmond, VA
How many miles on the car? Has it lived its entire life in PA?
09 Vue(95K) 2.4 4spd AT -PU 5w30 / 09 Flex(52K)3.5L PU / Moms car 04 Pilot(105K) 5w20 PP + Puro

#3391893 - 06/08/14 12:36 AM Re: suspension noise [Re: Rolomoto]
bvance554 Offline

Registered: 09/24/12
Posts: 1439
Loc: VA
Yea a lot of rotten bushings. Probably a good start. Also, by the looks of your wheel cover you've rubbed a lot of curbs.

#3391914 - 06/08/14 01:32 AM Re: suspension noise [Re: Rolomoto]
KitaCam Online   content

Registered: 11/16/12
Posts: 1939
Loc: SunnySouthFlorida
My guess is that quest is need:
Front Sway Bar Link Kit, Pair

Edited by KitaCam (06/08/14 01:32 AM)
Kitacam is an 05 Camry LE/I4/MT; 6/15 @ 132,500....Pennzoil Plat-Plus 5w-30 for the hot summer...with Toyo filter

#3391947 - 06/08/14 05:48 AM Re: suspension noise [Re: Rolomoto]
Merkava_4 Offline

Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 12678
Loc: Clovis, CA
What I would do in a situation like that (and I've done this before) is take the car to Chick's Frame & Wheel in Fresno and have them diagnose it for me. I told them up front that I do all my own suspension work and I wanted to pay them for their time to troubleshoot. As it turns out it was one of the best $35 I've ever spent in my life. I was certain that it was a suspension problem, but those sharp guys over there quickly determined that it was motor mounts that I needed.

#3392559 - 06/08/14 09:18 PM Re: suspension noise [Re: Rolomoto]
Rolomoto Offline

Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 65
Loc: PA
Thanks for all the replies!
2011 Toyota Camry
2001 Toyota Echo
1995 Toyota Tercel