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    Thread: weird rear clunking sound??

    1. Member CANDUBBER's Avatar
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      03-18-2012 11:53 AM #1
      hey guys I lowered the car (MK4) last night and when taking it for a test ride discovered some clunking sounds in the rear when going over bumps. Never really heard this sound before thought it was my exhaust but checked that by trying to shake it and hitting it with a rubber hammer and nothing.

      did some searching and think it may be the rear axle bushings. car has 325,000km and has been slammed for years so this is the only thing I can think of.

      is there anyway to be certain that the bushing are toast, a quick way to check this?


      thanks in advance!
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      03-18-2012 12:02 PM #2
      i know my bushings are toast, and they make a clunking noise over bumps, and im on coils. have someone push up and down on the rear end and you watch the axle bushing if it moves alot it need replacement. thats how ive been taught to check. gl
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      03-18-2012 12:37 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by ELup View Post
      i know my bushings are toast, and they make a clunking noise over bumps, and im on coils. have someone push up and down on the rear end and you watch the axle bushing if it moves alot it need replacement. thats how ive been taught to check. gl
      ok I'll give that a shot - also the rear suspension creaks quite a bit not sure if thats a sign as well - it always creaked a little but its really bad now

      thanks

    4. 03-18-2012 02:25 PM #4
      Most times I had that noise it was the lower shock bolt that wasn't quite tight enough. When I went back and tightened that a little more it stopped the noises.

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      03-18-2012 05:45 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by .je View Post
      Most times I had that noise it was the lower shock bolt that wasn't quite tight enough. When I went back and tightened that a little more it stopped the noises.
      ^^^ dude you are the MAN!! problem solved - it was a loose lower shock bolt indeed lol!

      what a relief

      Thanks again guys for all your input!!

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