[Vwdiesel] Anti-Rattle Brake Clip Question

Val Christian val at mongo.mongobird.com
Tue May 15 12:40:17 EDT 2007

And if the noise increases, consider the CV joint.


> 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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