Re: [DML] Re: Front end creaking & other odd noises...
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Re: [DML] Re: Front end creaking & other odd noises...

Suspension fasteners should be tightened with the car fully settled
on all 4 wheels.  Bounce each corner a couple of times and push 
the car back and forth so the bushings get settled before tightening 
up everything.  Torque the fasteners to the specified limit, then drive 
the car for a week or two and check them again.  Don't go for 
the max torque right away - I like to go halfway on all of the 
fasteners, then 3/4, then full.  That way everything gets snugged
up equally and the clamping stress builds gradually.  


-------------- Original message from "Ed B." <mr.pants@xxxxxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 

> The creaking turned out to be VERY lose control arm bolts!! I found I 
> could tighten them very easily by hand, and after tightening them all 
> up, the creaking is now gone. Very disconcerting - I replaced all the 
> hardware last summer, and looks like my wrench did not follow the torque 
> guidelines? I will be adding this to my list of "things to check 
> periodically when I'm under the car". I just did my TABs (upgraded to 
> the Toby-TABs) and TA Bushings, etc., and I suspect it's a good idea to 
> check these bolts after they "settle", too. 
> I am left, still, with a noise from the front passenger side, which now 
> sounds like a "toot" or a rubbing sound (like when you rub your wet 
> finger across a window). Maybe a bushing? Or could it be the 
> shock-absorber/strut insert? Is there anything safe I could rub or 
> spray on all the rubber bits that won't harm them while lubing them up a 
> bit? 
> Now the ticking I hear sounds like it "may" be the oil pump? At least 
> it's coming from that area. Could it be a little slop in the chain? My 
> oil pressure is good, so I know the pump is working. Is the "ticking" a 
> sign of impending doom? Or is always there, and I just never noticed it 
> before? If anybody has any advice, tips, and experience with the oil 
> pump and it's drive chain, I'd like to know, too. 
> Thanks... 
> - ed 
> 1982 DMC-12 [11594] 
> 1986.5 928S 
> 1990 Coupe Quattro 20V 
> Nathan Sobieralski wrote: 
> > 
> > I also have the creaking sound from the front end. I assume its the 
> > shocks or springs or something. Let me know if you narrow it down. 
> > 
> > The other issue sounds like it could be an exhaust leak??? 
> > 
> > Nathan 
> > 2277 
> > 

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