Sounds like front end loose, about to fall off...

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Sounds like front end loose, about to fall off...

Post by enzed4 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:58 am

Update - well it isn't fixed. It still sounds like a bag of rocks when just rolling along (no throttle). I'm more and more convinced it's the suspension (Bilsteins) but I'm sure they checked it this morning.
What a faff having to get it to the garage again :x
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Post by enzed4 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:57 am

And now after a weekend of driving it around, it doesn't feel like the suspension because it doesn't get worse when driving over any bumps or speed humps. It's most noticeable when driving slowly on any surface. I can feel it in the steering wheel and pedals, and can hear it.
I'll take it to work tomorrow and see if the garage can look at it again. Really want to get this resolved before Xmas break.
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Post by firebobby » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:19 am

I had a clunking sound at low speed over rough surfaces and checked the brace/strut bars, they were both tight, but I gave the nuts a tweak and hey presto, no more clunking.
Worth a go.
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Post by john-e89 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:53 am

I’m wondering if it’s had a wheel bearing change and the retaining nut isn’t up to specified torque or had it’s locking tab knocked in and so has worked loose.
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Post by enzed4 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:37 pm

firebobby wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:19 am
I had a clunking sound at low speed over rough surfaces and checked the brace/strut bars, they were both tight, but I gave the nuts a tweak and hey presto, no more clunking.
Worth a go.
I've checked this (and tightened) twice - I don't think it's the strut brace. I could try removing it completely to test though, since I now have to wait until Friday before the garage can take another look at the car.
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Post by enzed4 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:38 pm

john-e89 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:53 am
I’m wondering if it’s had a wheel bearing change and the retaining nut isn’t up to specified torque or had it’s locking tab knocked in and so has worked loose.
I don't think there's any way I can check this though? And if I 'helpfully' suggest it to the mechanic I'll probably get charged a 'google tax' on the invoice. Mind you, if they fix it, the bill's supposed to be paid by the car yard.
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Post by john-e89 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:45 pm

enzed4 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:38 pm
john-e89 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:53 am
I’m wondering if it’s had a wheel bearing change and the retaining nut isn’t up to specified torque or had it’s locking tab knocked in and so has worked loose.
I don't think there's any way I can check this though? And if I 'helpfully' suggest it to the mechanic I'll probably get charged a 'google tax' on the invoice. Mind you, if they fix it, the bill's supposed to be paid by the car yard.
Jack the car up then pull and push the wheel enzed, there shouldn’t be any movement. Also if you take the wheel off you’ll see if the tab is knocked in, it looks like a chisel mark on the nut ring. Even if it’s knocked in it doesn’t mean to say that the nut is up to specified torque which is crucial, I don’t know the size of nut offhand, something approx 32mm, but if you could borrow a socket and torque wrench it would be worth trying it, cost nothing.
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