Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Chevy Cavalier, Backend Rattle
wondering if you have ever heard of a rattling noise that comes from the
trunk area of a 97 Cavalier, and if so what is it and how can I
fix the annoying sound it makes?
upper shock mounts cause one of the more common rattle problems we see
with your vehicle. The metal sleeve inside the mounting bushing breaks
loose from the rubber and causes a thump and rattle that is maddening.
Diagnosing it can be a problem if you do not know what to look for. Just
the littlest bump will make these mounts rattle and bang in a manner that
youd think the back end of the vehicle is falling out. Also beware
that the installation instructions for some new rear shocks for your vehicle
are incorrect. If the installation procedure is followed by the instructions
found with the shocks it will cause the bushing to fail prematurely.