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Newbie - Requiring help - Rear clunking

lgooch Aug 21, 2010

  1. lgooch

    lgooch Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Just picked up my new car today - A3 1.9tdi Sport with lots of factory extras.

    However on the way home noticed a a clunking noise coming from the rear when going over bumps.

    Any idea what this can be. I at first thought it may have been the spare wheel in the boot not fastened down, or the boot floor bouncing around, but all seems okay

    Any ideas
     
  2. SneakaFreaka83

    SneakaFreaka83 ASN is hazardous 2 your wallet

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    does it sound like a clunk or a rattle dude as the heat shields around the exhaust are kinda prone to getting loose and may need clipping back up?..
     
  3. lgooch

    lgooch Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Defo a clunk, just hope I have not bought a wrong un. Didnt do it on the test drive, but having said that didnt take it down any rutted roads.
     
  4. Harrelson

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    Take it back and explain.

    Had the same noise when mine was new but only when parking. Turned out to be the brakes....
     
  5. lgooch

    lgooch Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    I think it might be the boot floor as when i tap it, it sound like a sheet of plywood rattling about. I am gonna take everything out of the boot, i.e. floor, wheel, jack, parcel shelf etc and take it for a spin later to see if it still does it.

    If it does I have a 12 month warranty with the car so I will take it back to the garage

    I will let you know

    Cheers chaps
     
  6. Scott

    Scott Well-Known Member

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    Don't think it will be much.

    There's a plastic shield which "covers" or protects the rear shocks I think and I've been told they can break and rattle.

    Wobble the exhaust by hand, when it's cold obviously, and see if you can hear it then.
     
  7. lgooch

    lgooch Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Scott

    Your absolutely spot on

    I took everything out of the boot, spare wheel etc and went for a spin. Still did it.

    i didnt understand what you meant by the plastic cover on the shocks. I thought you mean the circular dirt cover up in the top of thw wheel arch. Rattled them but did not move really. Then got under the car and noticed the flat black plastic cover under the shock/control arm. Offside was okay but near side had about an 1" of play in it. some of the plastic pegs had snaped off so just drilled some 5 mm holes and stuck some M4 bolts through it and voila, movement is gone and so in the noise.

    Well happy and cheers Scott !
     

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