What is wrong? When going over bumps or rough road there is a dull knot or rattle. No bolts appears loose. Sound seems be coming from the left rear passenger side rear). No rubber bushing/inserts look broken or pushed out of place. No obvious signs of any of the suspension components touching or hitting each other. Spare tire and jack or snug.
Rearend rattle on bumps on 2002 Toyota Solara
by rachetwrench in Rio Rancho, NM on July 01, 2009
ANSWER by patrick mannion on July 01, 2009
If the noise is not in the shock absorber I wonder if one of the sway bar end links is the source of the noise. Perhaps disconnect the end sway bar links and secure them out of the way prior to driving the car to see if the noise goes away. If someone bounces the car up and down (without getting injured) could you locate the noise. I forget if that car has rear disc brakes, I have seen several cars have worn brake guide pins causing a noise from the rear, I've taken them off and packed the guide pin/sliders with brake grease to see if the noise changed or went away.
ANSWER by Visitor on December 27, 2010
I have the same issue and have been living with it for years. Toyota has a Tech. bulletin titled "Rear suspension Thump Noise" SU002-06. The fix is to replace rear upper supports & rear shock absorbers with updated ones. Since my car was past warranty they wanted to charge me for the work. I declined.
ANSWER by Visitor on March 25, 2011
My 2002 solara has been making a rear noise for awhile. It always sounded like the exhaust but my husband (who is a mechanic) couldn't find anything loose. He thought perhaps rear struts but the local repair shop wanted over 800.00. We said no. Last weekend we determined that the rear spoiler was loose and was rattling. He plans to take spoiler off and put some sort of cushion between spoiler and car. This noise was driving us batty as we could not determine if it was passenger or drivers side....turns out it was both. The spoiler has no bolts on the far outside to keep it from coming loose.