1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Strange noise when reversing/accelerating from a standstill

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Grant, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Grant
    Offline

    Grant Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2003
    Messages:
    1,159
    Likes Received:
    60
    [Apr 26, 2012]
    Recently I've noticed a 'strange noise' coming from the front left wheel. The noise is only apparent at low speeds, especially noticable when reversing with hard right hand lock and also when accelerating from a standstill.


    I've jacked up the front of the car and I can't see or feel anything loose.


    Does anyone know what may cause this issue?


    My car is an 2008 A3 2.0 TDI 170 Quattro with about 44,000 miles.
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Sep 22, 2014]

  3. Paullie
    Offline

    Paullie Banana Menace!

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2011
    Messages:
    2,088
    Likes Received:
    267
    [Apr 26, 2012]
    H Grant, can you try and describe the sound at all? I once had a stone stuck in between my brake disc and the rear splash guard that made a terrible metallic sound when driving, ..it just needed me to push the splash guard back slightly, a stone fell out and the noise was fixed. I only say, because I know the state of the roads up here after Winter and wonder if you could be experiencing the same as I did last year. Whatever it is, I hope it's a simple fix for you :wub: xx
    #2
  4. Graham89
    Offline

    Graham89 Derv Perv

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    4
    [Apr 26, 2012]
    Could be a number of things, like the above, I'd take a look at cv joint, wishbone bushes, console bushes, top mount, basically everything within the vicinity i'd have a look at.
    #3
  5. Grant
    Offline

    Grant Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2003
    Messages:
    1,159
    Likes Received:
    60
    [Apr 26, 2012]
    It's a clunking sound - if that helps!

    Top mounts is an interesting suggestion... how would I test that without dropping the strut out?
    #4
  6. thomasdepow
    Offline

    thomasdepow New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Jul 10, 2014]
    Hi guys, really old post and sorry to bump it up but did you find out what this clunk was?

    I've recently got a 140 black edition and has same issue, front left clunking under slight breaking when reversing.

    Only happens when I pull forward slightly allow the car to stop then reverse at slow speed and press the breaks.

    Any help would be great!
    #5
  7. ninjakid
    Offline

    ninjakid Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2013
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    12
    [Jul 10, 2014]
    I can confirm I get the exact some clunking sounds when I reverse and slightly apply the brakes. Mainly when reverse parking. Im still yet to get it jacked up and have a poke around. I wonder if its anything to do with some kind of subframe knocking.
    #6
  8. Mike X
    Offline

    Mike X Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2011
    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    8
    [Jul 11, 2014]
    I would say it was the brake pads moving slightly ninja kid , nothing to worry about .
    #7
  9. Johnny Bravo
    Offline

    Johnny Bravo 6+1 Gears

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Messages:
    807
    Likes Received:
    57
    [Jul 11, 2014]
    Could be the brake pads, if they've been changed recently (this happened to me both times I've changed them on the front).
    Also, subframe movement, ARB bushes and/or the bolts holding it in place (they can become loose and move in place), tie-rods.
    #8

Share This Page