What’s That Suspension Noise?

Sometimes, it feels like there’s always a noise occurring with cars — especially when it can’t be properly diagnosed. In most cases, there are a number of things to think about, and one is where it’s coming from. If you’re hearing specific noises while you’re going over bumps and dips in the road, your suspension might be something to look at. Here’s a guide on a few things you can look at if this becomes an issue.

Bottom Out

If you’re hitting dips and bumps and it feels and sounds like the car is bouncing too much and hitting something, you might have a blown shock or strut. Depending on the situation, it makes sense to have both checked out. In many cases, this can happen on vehicles that have a ton of miles without a suspension change.

Metal Clicking

This particular sound might allude to a number of things. Sometimes, especially if you’re not torquing it down on your own, the suspension’s strut tower might not be as connected as you believe it to be. If this is something you’re hearing, pop the hood and locate the bolts that hold your strut tower in place — they might be loose!


In some cases, the lubricant that is found in and on some suspension components might have leaked out or been depleted at time goes on. Just like anything, this lubricant is there to reduce friction and keep everything moving smoothly. If there is something you’re hearing, make sure to have this checked in the specific area and look for any leaking.

Of course, this might not be something that can be fixed by just anyone, so take a look yourself first. If all else fails, take it somewhere where it can be properly diagnosed and fixed by a professional.

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