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Rear Suspension Noise FOUND IT!
Posted 15 January 2004 - 01:12 AM
Driving at lower speeds, up to 30mph, on slightly uneven surfaces all three noises will occur, seemingly at random.
If I get out of the car, and push down on that corner of the car, in small oscillations, similar to those while driving. No noise.
If start really bouncing it up and down, the clonk and squeak will make guest appearances. Huh? (E-brake off btw)
So, I get back into the car and drive at 30 mph on a smooth surface and rip the steering wheel from side-to-side and slalom my way down the road. No noise. Huh? What's up with that??
Obviously, bouncing the car at standstill is not the same as cruising over uneven surfaces. There is no torque on the drive axle, no pull/push on the trailing arm and wishbone.
Anyone experienced similar? And fixed it?
Related facts: I replaced the rear discs 12k miles ago, and had an authorised dealer replace the bearing 6k miles ago. I have been under the car and checked for loose components, but found none. Fuel filler neck is not loose. I have tried pulling the E-brake while the noise is occuring but there is no change. Same goes for the foot brake.
Posted 15 January 2004 - 08:10 AM
Posted 15 January 2004 - 06:15 PM
Posted 15 January 2004 - 06:28 PM
Also, tighten up the jack in the left hand side of the trunk and all the other stuff that accumulates in the spare tire well.
Hope you can track it down.
Posted 15 January 2004 - 06:47 PM
It seems that the original spare-tire fitted into the well nicely. With a slightly smaller replacement spare (tread worn down), it could move around a bit in the spare-tire well, even when clamped in place. I inserted some kitchen-paper underneath the tire, and the squeak disappeared.
Posted 16 January 2004 - 03:06 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. My next step was to remove the rear seat and check the top strut mount...
Posted 16 January 2004 - 07:29 AM
Posted 16 January 2004 - 05:33 PM
Will post then, but don't hold you breath
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