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Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: jayryan on May 27, 2003, 02:31:47 PM
Okay, so I'm driving back from church on Sunday and I start hearing a low-pitched ticking/very light knocking coming from the left rear wheel section.
I get home, pop the trunk, stick my head in the trunk and with the car in neutral gently rock it back and forth hearing that sound each time the car goes back and forth. I hear it in the car, in the trunk, but not down by the wheel or when I bounce on the suspension...any ideas before I shell out mod bucks on repairs???
Thanks all,
-J
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: 92UrS4 on May 27, 2003, 02:44:35 PM
How about some more details?  :P

Mainly, what car do you have?

How many miles?

Have you ever replaced your struts (shocks)?

Did your car seem like it was floating and/or bobbing excessively in the rear while driving?

Is the noise coming from the gas tank by chance?  I know in my 2000 Passat when my tank is between half an 3/4 full I'll get a little ticking from the back end.  it has done this since day one with my car.  You can only hear it under the right conditions.  It can only be heard without the radio on.
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: jayryan on May 27, 2003, 02:56:01 PM
'99 1.8T 39,000mi, No excessive bobbing or floating, never replaced any of the suspension and I was on an empty tank but then I filled it and it was still there...As far as more info, that's about it...I want to lower it but wanted to get the air flow system done first...hmmm....maybe I should just lower it...
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: 03Indigo on May 27, 2003, 06:37:17 PM
if you only hear it when the car is going back and forth, but not when bouncing up and down, has to be a rotational part...ie, tire, rotor, something like that.  Can you have someone drive the car slowly while you are standing outside the car listening to see if it can be heard?  Withough actually hearing the noise and taking a look, I think it would be really hard to figure out what it is.

keep us posted.
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: ColoradoB5 on May 28, 2003, 06:00:11 AM
Maybe I can take a look at it sometime soon.  I'm thinking about putting on a another garage day a week from Saturday (on June 7th) if anyone is interested.  Check out the GTG forum.
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: jayryan on May 28, 2003, 06:36:21 AM
Yeah, rotational part is what I was thinking too...I'm probably going to pull the wheel off and poke my head around a bit or so tonight, I'll keep you in the know
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: jayryan on May 29, 2003, 09:58:14 AM
My wife found the problem...it was a minimag in the first aid/changer compartment DOH!  8O
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: 92UrS4 on May 29, 2003, 10:01:57 AM
:lol:

That rocks!

I'm glad it was a low cost diagnosis and repair.

I just hope this doesn't slow down your mod plans ;).
Title: Possible Suspension/Wheel problem...help?
Post by: ColoradoB5 on May 29, 2003, 10:17:54 AM
Wow!  She is good.