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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old June 30th, 2005, 07:06   #1
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Default Rear shocks rattling again.

Back in December a rear Bilstein shock was replaced in my car, along with all hardware and a new upper shock mount. Six lousy months later, the rattle is coming back. My conclusion is that stiff shocks, with the lousy upper mount, will wear the mount out quickly. At this point, I will leave the rattle alone. I hope VW re-engineered the way they hold a suspension component to a car, because the way that shock shaft is mounted to the mount, is junk.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 19:23   #2
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http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2014301
May be the fix. Ridiculous that you have to do this though. Good 'ol VW. Can't wait to buy my new Golf.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 19:32   #3
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Default Re: Rear shocks rattling again.

hmmmm...mine rattle too. Maybe I'll try the rubber before replacing the upper shock mounts.

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Old June 30th, 2005, 19:51   #4
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Default Re: Rear shocks rattling again.

Lito, the mount cures the problem for a couple thousand miles, then it starts in again. I think the rubber is a viable option. Take it from me, I replaced the mounts, and the noise is back again. I don't think VW designed these mounts for a stiff shock. I wonder if aftermarket has a better option.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 07:50   #5
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What if you placed some washers between the mount and the metal holes of the wheel well. To try and fill the gap?

Maybe the bolts are too long? or the rear shock mount isn't the right shape?

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Old July 7th, 2005, 08:53   #6
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Default Re: Rear shocks rattling again.

Lito's heading the right direction here. Frank, is there any evidence of movement anywhere- bright metal or scuffed paint perhaps? Find *where* the knock is and you're halfway there.

Are you tightening the fasteners with the wheels on the ground or still jacked up? Might affect how the mount locates on the body, especially as the bolts are at an angle...
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Any updates, Frank?
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