Hi waubesa123. Welcome to the forum. There isn't much that can go wrong on the rear, ... At least not much that is serious. Look for a detached dust boot around the upper part of the strut. It's more common for them to come loose on the front and cause an irritating rattle that is very hard to find. They are not included with a new strut. They are purchased separately, but the strut must be removed and disassembled to replace them.
Worn or missing rubber bushings on the rear anti-sway bar links will cause a rattle too. Slop between the strut body and shaft will cause a rattle over bumps. The best clue here is oil leaking from the top of the body where the shaft comes out. In some cases you can feel the movement by holding a fingertip under the plastic boot, on the top of the housing, lightly touching the shaft, then use your other hand to force the top of the tire in and out. It takes some practice to differentiate between the feel of the shaft moving up and down a little, which is normal, and it moving sideways, which means they should be replaced.
Monday, May 24th, 2010 AT 3:52 PM