Rattle or Cluck Type Noise Over Bumps on Honda Civic

Trailing arm bushings can crack and break resulting in a clunking or rattle noise over bumps. Cracked bushings will require replacement.

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Average mileage: 139,515 (95,000–180,000)
6 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000
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It started out sounding like there was a rake under my , that lasted about 3 or so days. Not a noise associated with brakes. Then there was a very loud noise that seemed like it was coming from the right rear wheel in sync with tire rotation only when I applied the brakes after a speed of 70 mph. Like klunking . That noise comes and goes and then toned down a little but was constant when rolling forward in all gears. At this point I had new tires , balanced and a tune -up oil change , filter, spark plug etc. After about 5 more months I had my mechanic do the back brakes and adjusted the emergency brake. No noise for a week or so and then suddenly there is the persistent thud noise when coming to a stop. changed out the wheel bearing hub , left and right. No noise for a couple of months . Now the klunking noise is back on occasion and the thud thud noise that seems like it is coming from the right rear is back.
This is the second time Honda service told me my rear trailing arm bushing is cracked again. I guess these are not very robust parts?
1997 Honda Civic180,000
Clunking sound over bumps and squeeking during harder stopping. Not brake squeel. Have not repaired yet.
Honda dealer service says trailing arm bushings are cracked and need replacement. Estimate is $547 plus $80 for alignment. Taking to another mechanic for 2nd opinion. Currently, no handling issues or bumping noises heard from back-end.
rear trailing arm bushings had to be replaced (cracked)
Have to replace the rear trailing arm bushings. Have gone for about 1,000 with this problem.
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