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Author Topic: Front end rattle  (Read 235 times)

Offline benali

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Front end rattle
« on: August 07, 2021, 09:12:15 AM »
My 2009 gal has got a rattle when driving over rough road surfaces.
Over a lot of continuous bumpy surfaces it give out a rattle from the front drivers driveshaft area.
I had it looked at and mechanic spotted a lot of lateral play in the driveshaft, so thought it was that.
So, had new drivers side driveshaft fitted.
But the new one also has quite a bit of later play and the rattling noise is still there.
How much lateral play is normally on this driveshaft?
He's now suggesting it may be the top strut mount. Is this likely?
Cheers.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Front end rattle
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2021, 10:44:32 AM »
Driveshafts don?t rattle, they clunk.

Strut mounts don?t rattle, they creak and groan like a pirate ship on a stormy night.

Depending on the exact nature of the rattle, I?d say check your drop link ball joints sir.

And tell your mechanic to be scientific and thoughtful in his approach rather than just changing random $**t until it works! Such an approach is reserved for matters of the turbocharger only. lol
« Last Edit: August 07, 2021, 10:47:02 AM by SirDavidAlhambra »
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline benali

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Re: Front end rattle
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2021, 11:04:54 AM »
Well it is a clunky sort of rattle.
He showed me the driveshaft and the lateral play did seem a bit excessive tbf. But as I said still quite a bit with the new one.
All drop links have been checked.
It occurs mainly at slowish speeds when there are a lot of rapid changes in direction of the shocker.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Front end rattle
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2021, 06:30:28 PM »
Clunky sort of rattle at low speeds on a bumpy road really does sound even more like drop link ball joints. I may well be wrong but could you get a second opinion on it from another garage?

Others on here are more experienced than me and may be able to help further, hopefully

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I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

 

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