I set up an appointment for Thursday, 7/21. It's just two days but I can't wait! The local VW service department can't wait to get this over with an me out of their hair. I truely hope to report good news by the end of the week.
It's been 1 day since I had the clip installed. I'd say it's about an 80% improvement. The noise isn't completely gone but is much less noticeable. At this point, I think it's a vast improvement over what was going on before. I’m sure I'll notice the dampened rattle less with time. I’m guessing that my car’s original “rattle” was a severe case. It was a long, aggravating road to get here but man it all seems worth it now. It’s like a new car.
Last edited by astrokat; 07-26-2011 at 10:56 AM.
So, I’ve lived with the fix over the weekend and I can honestly say that I don’t notice the noise anymore. I was a little concerned at first because right after the clip was installed I could still hear a similar sound at the same RPM. After 1.5 yrs of listening for that god-awful rattle, I believe that I just became super sensitive to the sound. If you haven’t started the process of working with your dealership on the clip install and the noise bugs you, I believe you should call soon. It’s well worth your time. If you can time it with a service check up even better. They may look at you like you’re crazy, but don’t give up.
Last edited by astrokat; 07-26-2011 at 10:58 AM.
I just contacted my mechanic, who happens to work at a local VW dealership, he said he will get the part in.
Hopefully I'll get this done this week.
edit: Apparently the part is on a massive back order (go figure), he told me that there isn't 1 in the US currently....
At least we are makin progress
Last edited by niix; 08-08-2011 at 04:30 PM.
My dealer ordered the part last week and I think they got it in already.. If you can find the part number I might be able to check with a contact of mine that is a manager for the VAG parts distribution centers.
They put a new clip in a month ago, and the sound was still there but not as loud and only through like 300RPM range. Then they had the actual updated clip put in a week or two ago (the first clip they put in apparently was just a new clip, not the updated design), and the sound was worse than with the 2nd clip. But now either I don't notice the sound or it's gone
But this service is offically a TSB and is covered by VW, you should search the TSB number and bring it to your dealer so they can pull it up or see if anyone made it available online and you print it out and take to them.
It blows my mind that we pay 25k+ for these vehicles and once you leave the dealership they cut their ties and aren't willing to help.
Last edited by VWRedux; 09-15-2011 at 02:44 PM.
"There's nothing like a well tuned car on an open road". Paul Newman
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chiming in...i had a pronounced rattle noise between 2-3K (sounded like my old MK2 16V pinging )...had the car in to get some other rattles address in the cabin and told them i wanted this done...service manager was clueless but the tech knew what was up and installed the clip...sound is completely gone for me
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Is this an issue on 2012s too? I just started hearing a rattle in low RPMs too. Like when in drive poking along at 45mph and accelerating a little I can hear it (among other times at low RPMs). If I go into a lower gear to accelerate such that the RPMs are higher, I don't hear it. Seems to be coming from passenger side...
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