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Rattle, Rattle...Somethings wrong

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1998 Ford Contour 157k miles

There is a nasty rattle that seems to be coming from the rear of the vehicle that is not present when idling in the driveway but is the worst at about 30 mph. It almost sounds like something rattling around in the trunk (it's not). Everything seems secure under the vehicle - no loose exhaust pipes or anything. Any ideas before I take it into the shop?

Thanks!!

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Possible upper strut mounts, or sway bar links if the noise comes from hitting bumps.

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Broken springs? Very common for those vehicles!

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At least a few models. Escort, focus, taurus, contour.... Yup, pretty much all of them!

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At least a few models. Escort, focus, taurus, contour.... Yup, pretty much all of them!

Nice that the parts stores offer the "quick strut" kits for repairs like this. Nice to just pull them out of the box already put together with new spring,strut,mount, all in one. grin

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You nailed it! Sway bar links (and a passenger side rear strut for good measure) was replaced.

Thanks to all for the input

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