[Vwdiesel] Anti-Rattle Brake Clip Question

Tony and Lillie tonyandlillie1 at earthlink.net
Tue May 15 12:36:40 EDT 2007

To check for this, go out and get the car to make the noise. Then, lightly 
step on the brakes and see if the noise stops. If so, it's the clips. If 
not, look elsewhere.

Tony Hoffman

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bryan K. Walton" <bryankwalton at machlink.com>
To: "VW Diesel Fans" <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:13 AM
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Anti-Rattle Brake Clip Question

> Yesterday on my way to and from work, I noticed a new ticking sound
> in my '84 Rabbit.  Its an intermittent sound that comes and goes.  I
> again noticed it this morning once I got up to about 35mph.  It went
> away around 50mph.  And then vanished for the next 5 miles or so.
> Then I noticed it again around 45-50 mph for a minute or so, and then
> it was gone for the last 5 minutes of my commute.  When sitting behind
> the steering wheel, driving down the road, the sounds seems to be
> coming from the left side of the car.  It doesn't seem to be in the
> same location as the usual engine ticks I hear at times, which usually
> sound more toward the center or the right side.
> So last night, I jacked the car up and took a look.  All the
> suspension bolts are tight.  The wheel and axles nuts are tight.  The
> CV joints and tie rods look fine (I replaced them all last year).  The
> boots are in great shape on said CV joints and tie rods.  I don't have
> this sound during turns either -- only when the car is going straight.
> I've noticed that when I hear the rattle, I hear it regardless of
> whether the car is running at high rpms, or coasting.  (However, when
> I let the car coast, the rattle stops very shortly after -- perhaps
> because the car is losing speed, causing the vibration to stop?)
> Also, the sound is loud enough to hear, but not louder than any of the
> other engine noises.
> I know for a fact that I do NOT have anti-rattle clips on my front
> brakes.  I'm wondering if this might be possibly what I'm hearing?
> Are anti-rattle clips universal?  In other words, can I go to my local
> auto parts store and buy a set knowing they will work on my front
> brakes?  Or do I have to purchase a specific kind?  I know my calipers
> are not original.  I've had two guys before tell me they look like
> calipers off of a GTI.
> Thanks,
> Bryan
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