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Ok, guys. I've got a '99 S70AWD that is developing an intermittent pop/creak/thump sound from the left rear during light braking or acceleration. It doesn't do it all the time, so I may have to let it get a little worse before I can reliably demonstrate it to a dealer or repair shop. It actually sounds like it's coming from the area in front of the driver-side rear tire -- under the rear door. It's actually pretty loud when it does it. There is a major suspension attach point located there with a large rubber bushing, and I suspect that bushing is the culprit. I've checked all the suspension-to-frame attachment hardware and that's all tight. The bushing looks OK to me (same on both sides), but what do I know?<p>Is there anyone that has had this problem and knows the cause (and the cure)?<p>-Lee<br> <br>
 

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Re: Snap, Crackle, Pop (gdogg16)

Well, here's a weird twist to this story. Apparently, the noise has gone away completely. This is my wife's daily driver and she initially complained of the noise last week. We took the car for a drive last weekend and I heard the noise too -- bigtime. I mean it was really loud a couple of times. Now she says it's gone! I haven't driven the car again yet but, assuming it's really gone, what happened?<p>This car has a spring-seating "boinging" noise in the rear that comes and goes. I think that is caused by small stones from my gravel driveway occasionally getting under the springs and then popping out or shifting. Could this have been another piece of gravel lodged in a bushing this time? I'll give it a hard drive this weekend and see if it really fixed itself. Stay tuned!<br>
 

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Re: Snap, Crackle, Pop (gdogg16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">my noise started after a autox.. I think the issue is bad control arm bushings.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>rear end wouldnt be control arms. <p>Cars dont usually fix themselves. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Snap, Crackle, Pop (polizei)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>polizei</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>rear end wouldnt be control arms. <p>Cars dont usually fix themselves. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>read the entire thread again. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Snap, Crackle, Pop (ljjones)

My rear sway bar failed a month or so back and was producing loud twang/boing springlike noises before it failed -- and was completely silent after it went. It may be worth checking that.. if nothing else, to rule it out? I thought it was something in the spring as well, until I had it looked at a few days later.
 

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Re: Snap, Crackle, Pop (kageryu)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kageryu</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">My rear sway bar failed a month or so back and was producing loud twang/boing springlike noises before it failed -- and was completely silent after it went. It may be worth checking that.. if nothing else, to rule it out? I thought it was something in the spring as well, until I had it looked at a few days later.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I'll look into it, but the noise on my car is coming from the front driverside.
 

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Re: Snap, Crackle, Pop (gdogg16)

Well, I drove the hell out of it today and there is no noise at all. Whatever it was, it's all gone now. I did a complete visual inspection of the rear suspension -- pushing and pulling on everything -- and nothing is loose. At this point I'm just going to assume it was a rock or something wedged in there somewhere, and it must have worked it's way out. I'll mention it to the dealer at the next scheduled service. Maybe he can find some tell-tale evidence of what happened but, for now, it remains a mystery.<p>Gdogg16: I think we had different problems because my noise was definitely coming from the rear.<p>Polizei, kageryu, and Stew: Thanks for the input, but my car is AWD and has no rear swaybar.<p>There's a "thrust" or "traction" link that runs forward and terminates in a rubber bushing beneath the rear door. I'm still betting on that for the location of the offending (and now long-gone) gravel.<p>As you were, gentlemen. Carry on... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by ljjones at 2:13 AM 6-18-2006</i>
 

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Re: Snap, Crackle, Pop (gdogg16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I'll look into it, but the noise on my car is coming from the front driverside.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You know the drill:<br>broken strut mount, spring seat, broken strut, control arm bushings and/or subframe bushings.<br>Not a whole lot left
 
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