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

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.

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Average mileage: 138,737 (38,000–252,000)
9 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2014
24 people reported this problem
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1990 Toyota Corolla 252,000 mi,
Every small bump in the road or parking lot produces a clunking sound in the front end when going slowly ( less than 25 MPH). I have changed the struts and strut bearing plates, front and mid transmission mounts, and both CV joints. The front and rear engine mounts are in good shape. Two different mechanics including the Toyota dealership cannot diagnose the problem. The clunking is getting worse and now clunks when shifting between first and second gear. It may be something internal to the transaxle, but it shifts fine and there is no unusual noise at high way speeds. I am resigned to drive it until is breaks, but would prefer to fix the problem. Other than that the car runs great.
2003 Toyota Corolla 199,230 mi,
When i drove thruugh beat up streets id hear this rattle from the front suspension .i replaced the shocks thinking that would be the end of it but,it wasn't still make a little noise?? I have to take it somewhere to get the suspension bushings checked and replaced if needed hopefully then the rattle. Will stopmoo.
2003 Toyota Corolla 80,000 mi,
Knocking from the drivers side front.
squeaking noise from the rear suspensions
1990 Toyota Corolla 175,000 mi,
replaced struts & plates and all good
1994 Toyota Corolla 84,000 mi,
Mostly makes noise over bumps a little more obvious clunks on left turns with bumps. Changed shocks and struts, but it didn't cure problem. Will be doing lower ball joints and tie rod ends next.
2003 Toyota Corolla 125,000 mi,
Noises over bumps...
knocking sound on front both sides when i turn left or right and then it goes away
knocking/rattling sound in rear when going over any bumps.
2003 Toyota Corolla 145,000 mi,
Same issue with onoy 55k miles