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Old 21 Nov 2010, 12:41 pm
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Hi guys new to the forum.....I have a 2001 4cyc PT Cruiser.....everything works great...The only problem that I am having is...there is a loud noise coming from the rear end.....to be honest...when I ride on uneven pavement or hit a small bump...it literally sounds like the rear end is gonna fall out from under the car.....I suppose it is some kind of bushing......any ideas.....would be greatly appreciated....
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Old 21 Nov 2010, 01:38 pm
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It' the bell crank that connects the two watts link. The bushings go bad and it sounds like what you describe. It's a pretty straight forward job to replace. Can be stubborn to remove as the shafts on the links are tapered. Need a good puller and a little persuasion. Good luck.
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Old 21 Nov 2010, 01:53 pm
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It' the bell crank that connects the two watts link. The bushings go bad and it sounds like what you describe. It's a pretty straight forward job to replace. Can be stubborn to remove as the shafts on the links are tapered. Need a good puller and a little persuasion. Good luck.
What is the part name.....
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Old 21 Nov 2010, 02:29 pm
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The parts catalog didn't break the bushings down, I'll post what I have here but will keep looking. Those bushings are one item that is oft replaced on the PT.

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Old 21 Nov 2010, 02:35 pm
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Ah, found it in the '01 service manual, called the "axel pivot busing", there is a three page section describing how to remove it. I'll PM you on the info. Here's the parts list from the manual but it again doesn't break it down.

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BE SURE TO CHECK THAT YOUR SPARE TIRES IS NOT JUST HANGIN' LOOSE!
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BE SURE TO CHECK THAT YOUR SPARE TIRES IS NOT JUST HANGIN' LOOSE!
Yeah,it would suck to go through all that trouble to change the bushing only to find out it was the spare tire all along.
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Old 27 Feb 2011, 03:24 pm
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I know it has been a while..... I did some research.....the name of this bushing is called the "bellcrank".....I looked at in a manual at a local parts house.....The on that I am replacing....is just plain worn out...I can move it very frely with my hand....I checked with all the local part houses....and no one cares it....I guess it is a dealer part....I will by online.....Thanks for all the illistrations guys.....
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Old 01 Mar 2011, 11:58 pm
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Hmmm. Another item to look out for. We just bought a 2006 and there was a clank in the back but I found that the jack had not been stowed correctly. The crank/wrench has its own pocket. Also it sounds like the hatch has a minor rattle from time to time, but I have not tracked that one down yet.
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Hmmm. Another item to look out for. We just bought a 2006 and there was a clank in the back but I found that the jack had not been stowed correctly. The crank/wrench has its own pocket. Also it sounds like the hatch has a minor rattle from time to time, but I have not tracked that one down yet.
Turned out that the rattle was from the way the spare tire was retained. I removed it and put it all back together correctly and the rattle is gone.
Just as soonercruiser suggested.
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