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Old 03-31-2017, 09:14 PM   #1
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Clicking noise from rear of car

My Yaris has developed a clicking noise coming from the rear of the car. It is a sharp metallic click that presents itself when driven over rough roads. Anything other than glass smooth asphalt can trigger it.

To me it sounds like a body noise, like a panel or a seam flexing. It does not sound like an "impact" noise. It sounds like it is in the car. But maybe it is something underneath and the sound is traveling thru the unibody and it just seems like it is inside.

At first I thought it might be something in the spare tire well, but I removed EVERYTHING and it was still there. License plate clicking on the hatch? Removed it, still there. The hatch latching mechanism? Drove around with the hatch open. Still there. I took the door card off the hatch and checked and tighten everything. Still there.

Crawled under the car and inspected the exhaust and heat shields. Looked OK. Grabbed the exhaust pipe and shook it like a man having a seizure. No clicking. Suspension looked OK. I could not see anything obvious. Took the wheels off and inspected the brakes, again nothing obvious or loose.

So I bought the car to the dealer as it is still under warranty for another month. They could hear the click, but they couldn't figure it out. They had it for 2 days and couldn't find anything. It's going back in next Tuesday and they're going to continue looking. Honestly I think they are stumped, as am I.

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Old 04-01-2017, 06:55 AM   #2
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click creak squeak rattle clunk Yaris

Does it creak when weighted/unweighted at the door sill?
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:43 PM   #3
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:24 PM   #4
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You probably checked/tightened hatch strut mount screws.
Rear struts' upper fasteners?
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:14 PM   #5
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I had a phantom noise once. Turned out to be lower mounting bolt on a rear shock was slightly loose. So slight that a visual inspection of suspension revealed nothing. Torqued it tight and silence once again.

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Old 04-01-2017, 07:18 PM   #6
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Try rocking the car by pushing on the roof, above the door. Sometimes this will make suspension noises appear.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:16 PM   #7
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You probably checked/tightened hatch strut mount screws.
Rear struts' upper fasteners?
Yes. Still clicking.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:18 PM   #8
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I had a phantom noise once. Turned out to be lower mounting bolt on a rear shock was slightly loose. So slight that a visual inspection of suspension revealed nothing. Torqued it tight and silence once again.

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I re-torqued shock bolts and rear sway bar bolts. Still clicking.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:19 PM   #9
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Try rocking the car by pushing on the roof, above the door. Sometimes this will make suspension noises appear.
No noise when rocking car by hand.
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Stone stuck in tire tread?
Weatherstrip surface against door or hatch frame?
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Stone stuck in tire tread?
Weatherstrip surface against door or hatch frame?
Nope, nope.
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:44 AM   #12
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It turned out to be a broken weld in the roof near the hatch. Took the dealer 4 days total to figure it out but I'm glad they finally did.

I'm a little disappointed in Toyota though. A broken weld at only 20K miles? (a little less actually). It is true that NYC roads are horrible but I have been driving here for over 30 years and these roads have never affected any of my cars to that extent. I thought Toyotas were supposed to be bulletproof.
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