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Old 06-08-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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Question Creaking noise from chassis?

The best way to describe it is a creaking noise coming from the front of the chassis when I turn the steering wheel. My car's about 10 months old, and this noise just started maybe a few weeks ago. It's mostly noticeable at very slow speeds when turning the wheel, especially when parallel parking. I've got about 13,500 miles on her, and have been to all my scheduled maintenances on time. The only chassis related mod I've made is the dogbone insert mount; wouldn't think that would cause this though. Other that it being annoying, is this something I should be concerned with? Anyone else experiencing this? Any ideas what it could be? Rack and pinion? CV joint? Would the chassis twist at all when turning the wheel?
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:39 PM   #2
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sounds like the sub-frame bolts. i had the guys at the dealership tighten them but it stopped making the noise for... a day. it's so loud too, it's kinda embarrassing because i know everybody can hear it from outside.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:41 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or not, but the noises started once the weather became really warm outside.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:45 PM   #4
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Yup.. mine just started doing it too. I have about 10,000 miles on my car. It reminds me of the sound my mother's Camaro made when it needed new ball joints.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:02 PM   #5
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I have the some experience. I have 15000miles on my car. I still haven't figure out what wrong with it. I brought it back to the dealer and did a test drive with the mechanic; however, we could not reproduce the sound. He put my car on the lift, but couldn't find any thing loose. So he told me to bring it back when I can constantly reproduce the sound.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:06 PM   #6
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Yeah, mine happens every time now. It sounds like a creaking boat every time turn the wheel to park my car.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:49 AM   #7
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there are several threads about this already... but anyways, i had this same problem a few weeks after i bought my car... it was very annoying and became very loud at times... go to the dealer and tell them to replace your strut mounts and bearings... i had this done and no noise ever since
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:07 AM   #8
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I had the same problem with my rabbit. In the mornings whenever I would be backing up as I turn the steering wheel it would make a creaking noise.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:07 AM   #9
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could it possibly just be that some of the bushings need to be re-greased?
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:53 AM   #10
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could it possibly just be that some of the bushings need to be re-greased?
the way they explained it to me was that during production or whatnot, water gets in there and actually causes the stuff to rust a little bit, hence the creaking noise
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:41 AM   #11
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Thanks guys, I'll have the dealer check this out.
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:35 PM   #12
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Hey i just cant believe it i have the exact same problem with my car since new and my car is at the dealers for it's nineth day and they cannot figure it out. They have replaced spring, shock, steering rack and still at very low speeds when i turn left or right there is a noise which sounds like somethings snaps for a brief moment. I dont know if that's the same noise we are talking about here but it's getting really frustrating since i dont have my car for 9 days now and i've already been 5 times to the dealers before this. Last time i gave them my car and said if they cannot fix it in 45 days i want my money back.

rcnu71299: I think they have already replaced strut mount but im not sure for the bearings? if you could explain me more i would be grateful.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:11 PM   #13
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@ ftj

Yup.. mine does that exact noise you describe.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:35 PM   #14
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I had the very same problem on my '98 Jetta. It would make a loud popping noise when I backed out of my garage & made a slight turn. It sometimes felt like the wheel got stuck on something. I replaced the strut mounts & bearings & the noise returned in about 2 months. Go figure...... I've driven VW's for over 30 yrs & the '98 Jetta is the only one that had that problem.

So far my '07 Rabbit is just fine.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:27 PM   #15
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I'm dropping my car off at the dealer in the morning for this so we'll see what happens. Plus my sunglass holder won't stay shut since it got really really hot this week.
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:32 AM   #16
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Hey i just cant believe it i have the exact same problem with my car since new and my car is at the dealers for it's nineth day and they cannot figure it out. They have replaced spring, shock, steering rack and still at very low speeds when i turn left or right there is a noise which sounds like somethings snaps for a brief moment. I dont know if that's the same noise we are talking about here but it's getting really frustrating since i dont have my car for 9 days now and i've already been 5 times to the dealers before this. Last time i gave them my car and said if they cannot fix it in 45 days i want my money back.

rcnu71299: I think they have already replaced strut mount but im not sure for the bearings? if you could explain me more i would be grateful.
this is what they wrote on the explanation:

The strut top bearing sticking, causing spring to pop sporadically. Replaced strut top bearing and bushings on both sides.

Part no. 1K0-412-331-B Mounting
Part no. 6N0-412-249-C Bearing

Hope this helps
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:21 AM   #17
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I've called the delaer and he says they have already changed that twice? They are gonna change the steering rack again and we'll see if that will solve it.
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:49 AM   #18
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A few in the UK have the same noise. They've been sorted now and all turned out to be the sway bar (ARB) bushes.
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:19 AM   #19
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If you feel the click under your feet..Its def loosen sub-fram blots..Happened to me and got it fixed at the dealer
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:02 PM   #20
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i have a crazy idea, maybe you can disconnect the front sway bar and test the car over, go through speedbumps, in and out driveways. I believe the noise is from the swaybar.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:38 PM   #21
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I brought my car to the dealer this morning. I just got a call and say my car is really to pickup. The mechanic told me that the subframe is rubbing the main frame. So he put a pressure washer between them. I hope this will fix it.



Pickuped my car, the popping noise is gone.

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Old 06-11-2008, 09:43 PM   #22
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I took mine in too, they tightened the subframe bolts and its gone at this moment.

Holy fuckballs I was pissed when I picked up my car. I'm anal about the way it looks, and clean it religiously, so I know where all imperfections are on the entire car. Well I now have a ding on the right front fender, and the drivers door painted molding is chipped. I picked it up while it was raining, couldn't see anything, as I was driving off it stopped raining by the time I got home all the streets, car everything was dry (90f+ today). I pulled into the car port, got out, looked over it saw the damage and went straight back to the dealer. Said they would make note of it and have it repaired when I come back for my sunglass holder (had to order it, wouldn't stay shut). Still calling the manager tomorrow to make sure because he wasn't there at 5:30. I kept my calm though, but I could have killed someone.
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