"Bump" sound from right rear wheel area
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.