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Sound When Driving Over Bumps May be Struts/Bearing Plates on Toyota Celica

Problem Description and Possible Solution

If the vehicle develops an annoying, clunking sound when driving over bumps it is usually the struts and strut bearing plates. These may need replacing at 100,000-125,000 miles or sooner. If the noise is a more of a squeak or groan, it can be usually be eliminated by spraying a light lubricant on the suspension bushings 1-2 times per year. 

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 125,000 (20,000–230,000)
6 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 2005
8 people reported this problem
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I was not experiencing any problems of significance for a vehicle of this age and mileage. However, our temperatures went from ~60 degrees to lows of -15 degrees in under 48 hours. When I had last driven the car, it was 57 degrees outside; all was well. Then, two days later, I needed to make a trip to the store while trying to get out before a lot of snow had fallen. The temperature was down to -7 degrees, and I didn't make it 200 yards before pulling over to see if something was obviously wrong. The slamming knock in the passenger rear side was so bad that I thought something had completely broken. Over the past 96 hours, I've driven in a range of temperatures from -7 degrees to 35 degrees. At the latter, the problem is almost unnoticeable. However, when driven again at a temperature of 2 degrees, the problem returned. I plan on seeking resolution as soon as financially possible.