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Old 09-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Very loud Clonk noise from rear axle (Video)

Hello everyone,

after hitting a pothole, a noise emerged from my Jeep's rear. It is an unbearably loud noise which appears while driving anything less smooth than a parking garage. When hitting a speed bump, the car is so loud that people turn their heads..

I got under the car and someone jumped on the rear bumper. This is what I found! Can someone tell me what that part is called? It's a shock but I don't know how to linguistically distinguish between normal shocks (the spring behind the wheels) and these things.

Am I correct in assuming that I do not need to swap the shocks but just need to get that little rubber thing?

Have a great day!
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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The upper shock bushing is gone. Easiest and best fix would be to replace the rear shocks. Shocks are cheap enough. I don't think you can buy replacement bushings for specific shocks but I could be wrong.

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Old 09-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Hey there! You are correct in thinking that you could just replace the bushing. The only problem is I'm not sure if you could find just the bushing for sale. The other thing is that you're going to have to remove those notoriously stubborn upper shock bolts to replace the bushing, so you might as well replace the shock. Good luck buddy!
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Thanks, good point. For some reason I thought shock manufacturers would sell these things separately. The Gabriel guy on the phone spoke the truth when saying: "Nah man, we want you to buy new shocks."

Anyway, I will buy MaxiTrac Offroad shocks for $150 the pair (rear) and hope that my first real repair on a car will go about without any disasters...
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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Start soaking those upper shock bolts with PB Blaster now, and every day between now and when your new shocks arrive. Make sure to get the top of the bolts as well by sticking the PB Blaster tube between the inner wheel arch and frame rail.

Those bolts are NOTORIOUS for snapping off when you try to remove them.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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Just fought this for what felt like hours yesterday! Bolt snapped off flush inside the weld-nut, top access is a pain and doesn't provide much help. Soak them for days, and good luck.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:50 AM   #7
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Thanks guys,

I just finished the job without braking any bolts. Apparently, rust is not an issue for this car. Might be due to the fact that most Australian cars have never seen snow nor salt.

However, I only replaced the left rear as I found that the ride was good and the right shock still works fine. There should not be any problem with that, should it?

Thanks again.

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Sounds like you're good to go, nice work!

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