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lovemysantafe 09-21-2009 05:08 AM

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My Santa Fe is at 127,600 miles on the OEM shocks and she has spent her entire life in state free of road salt or corrosive de-icing agents. As of late, I've noticed the rear suspension creaks A LOT, even when going over minor waves or imperfections in the road. When backing out or pulling into the driveway, the rear end groans like the bed in an old Motel 6 and to be quite frank, it's got me concerned.

My reason for being worried is this: my previous car was a 1993 Toyota Previa that made this identical noise for several months until one night, the right rear shock absorber failed while I went over a speed bump. I left the car parked in a neighborhood overnight and limped it to a local tire store the next morning. In my research I have found that a bad bushing will also make this noise.

Any other ideas? I'm hesitant to drive the car until I feel that I can do so safely.


byronguidry3732 09-22-2009 11:11 AM

Dear lovemy,

I am amazed that you got 127K miles on your original struts. I had to replace mine at 108K miles. The groaning noise has a simple explanation: your struts are worn out and need to be replaced.


lovemysantafe 09-22-2009 05:13 PM

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Thanks for your reply. She goes in tomorrow so we'll see what the dealer has to say about it as well as my mysterious coolant loss issue.

Edit: How much is this going to cost me?

lovemysantafe 09-23-2009 08:11 PM

53 Attachment(s) mysterious coolant loss was chalked up to a simple loose hose clamp. Whew.

They can't replicate the rear suspension noise but I'm not angry. My service advisor is a great friend of mine and is going to take the car home tonight (I'm driving his Chevy Malibu). We're going to meet for dinner and see if I can get the car to make the noise.

lovemysantafe 09-24-2009 11:12 PM

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The noise is coming from the driver side rear control arm. I've got the car back for now and the part is on order...probably be in on Monday.

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