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GLIck 8/25/2011

2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 4 Cyl 1.8L

Steering & Suspension

I hear a light rattling when driving slow. Seems under rear of car. Please see details and give opinion.

Sound becomes less noticable the faster I go. However, if f I hit a big bump it doesn't make a noise unless I am driving fast. The sound seems like it is frame related, although my car is unibody, or something loose that is vibrating against another. Just replaced rear shocks. The car needed it, but it did not alter the sound. Springs and spring seats looked good. Did not see any leaks or damaged exhaust hangers. Shook exhaust heavily, but couldn't see anything abnormal. Both the rear axle bushings have some cracks in them. Could that cause a rattling noise? I'm pretty sure it's coming from rear, although the sound may be deceiving.

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Nissan Technical Advisor

It could be that bushings because it helps prevent road vibration from being transferred to the car frame. So when it damaged or cracked it will allow movements that creates vibration and rattling noise.


jeremiah-1990 10/5/2012

Does it happen at certain RPM's? My jetta gives off a rattle at 2.5 - 3 thousand RPM's


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