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    Thread: Mystery clunking sound

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      10-05-2012 09:48 AM #1
      I have a clunking sound that I cannot figure out. It only occurs while driving, load or no load. From the drivers seat it sounds like its coming from the rear of the car. The thunk is consistent with the wheel rpm's. Its been going on for about 2 weeks now of daily driviing and only until I reach ~20mph. Begining this morning it became more consistent and lasting beyond 20 mph. Ive had the car up on jack stands looking for something loose in the wheel wells but found nothing. I spun the wheels by hand and all seemed to be fine. The sound I usually associate with a bad wheel bearing is a roaring sound (plus the reas are relatively new, fronts Ive never changed) so I dont think its them. Anyone with a similar experience that can shed some light here?

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      10-05-2012 02:37 PM #2
      ttt

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      10-05-2012 03:19 PM #3
      shock bushings shot? even if the bearing is not making rotating noise... does the wheel have any play? grab it at noon and 6 and wiggle it.

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      10-05-2012 03:29 PM #4
      I have good poly shock bushings all around. I have OSVW extended strut towers with mk3 bushings and bearings. Poly control arm bushings. The rear shock mount bushings are og rubber, Ill check them. Its a hollw thunk, as if "it" "something" were hitting something hollow.. ie-the wheel well or the unibody.

      Ill recheck bearings too.

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      10-05-2012 07:21 PM #5
      wheel/tire rubbing on anything?

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      10-05-2012 09:20 PM #6
      You are probably missing the plastic doodads on your seat rails...
      Its worth checking as its one of the many clunk noises that comes from my mk1

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      10-05-2012 09:55 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by caddy 2 dope View Post
      You are probably missing the plastic doodads on your seat rails...
      Its worth checking as its one of the many clunk noises that comes from my mk1
      Man I wish. I know that noise to well.

      I have however found a leaky drivers side shock. Don't know if that's transmitting this clunking sound or not.

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