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Hey everybody. Sorry if this topic has been covered before -- I did a search and didn't find anything, but I may have missed something.

I purchased a 2006 Prius from a friend a little over a month ago. The car is generally in excellent condition, but I've noticed in the past week or so a "bumping" sound coming from what seems like the area of the rear right wheel when I go over road irregularities -- bumps and divots and the like.

The weird thing is that it's somewhat non-repeatable: it only seems to happen if I'm making a right-hand turn as I go over the bump at a relatively low speed -- though even then it doesn't happen with 100% consistency, and the low speed might just be a natural consequence of going slower when turning a corner.

The sound resembles what you'd hear if a loose object were banging around in the the plastic bathtub with the wrenches located below the floor of the cargo area, but there's nothing loose in there -- I've moved the little tie-down strap for securing a flat tire to the little compartment on the back left side of the trunk to no avail. The corresponding compartment on the right side seems to be inaccessible, though the covering is a little bit loose. It looks like that compartment is filled with wires and cables, though, so I don't want to force the cover off and risk breaking something to check for loose objects.

I'm planning on just bringing it to the dealer to check out -- it's probably something with the suspension itself -- but I thought I'd ask here first to see if anyone else has experienced something similar.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Try tightening the wingnut securing the spare tire to the well.

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Lift out the trap door [floor] of the cargo area , lift out the black plastic box with tools and check in area of 12V battery . Also under the spare [do-nut]

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Although it would be more of a squeak noise, be sure the rear seat backs are securly latched.
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I have the same noise in the right rear. Did you ever figure it out? I have removed and cushioned everything I can. Could it be the hatchback latch?
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For one trip, just take out the removable floor, hatchback screen, and tool tray and fold the rear seats down. (But put the tools/jack somewhere in the car. This would be the trip that you would get the flat with the tools out.) You might eliminate the noise or you might hear the noise with much more clarity.

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Thanks for your suggestion. It was so obvious I didn't think of it. I took everthing out as suggested and I still have the thunk on turns and smal bumps. I am going to take it to dealer as I think it is in the hatch door.
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Probably a good move at this point. Any fix would probably be best done by the dealer. Let us know how it turns out.

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Problem solved! Went to dealer, they had car for 4 hours and discovered big battery was the culprit. Said they tightened it down and noise went away. Now I need to work on dash noises! any thoughts?
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