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Date:         Tue, 4 Apr 2000 09:52:10 -0700
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From:         BRENT CHRISTENSEN <bchristensen@INFOGENESIS.COM>
Subject:      Re: Banging noise from left (?) rear wheel-help needed
Comments: To: "W. Silva" <wsilva@CAPECOD.NET>
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This is a shot in the dark, but check your bump stops to see if they are shiny (i.e. bottoming out)- also check your shock mounts to make sure the bushings are intact and the shocks aren't tweaked/broken. I have seen broken shock mounts create this sort of racket on other cars...

Brent Christensen '89 GL Syncro Westy Santa Barbara, CA

> -----Original Message----- > From: Vanagon Mailing List [mailto:vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM]On Behalf > Of W. Silva > Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2000 9:31 AM > To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM > Subject: Banging noise from left (?) rear wheel-help needed > > > We are supposed to be leaving for MD in the morning, doesn't > look like it's > going to happen. We have been experiencing a banging noise in what we > thought was the left rear wheel off and on for about 6 > months. We have had > the rear brake drum turned because it was a little out of > round and the > noise went away only to come back a month later - worse. > Out of desperation last Friday we ordered a complete axle shaft to be > shipped second day from Calif. Received it today, the > mechanic took the old > one out and said he couldn't find anything wrong with it and > that's probably > a good thing because the fools send the wrong side, they sent > the right > side. He is putting it back together and pulling the right > side just to > check. I hope he finds it there because that only leaves the > wheel bearings > and that's a MAJOR job and it wouldn't be ready in time. I > don't know what > else to check, any ideas? It sounds like someone hitting the > wheel hub with > a hammer, is less obvious at high speeds, gets louder as you > slow down to a > stop (without touching the brakes) then softer when you apply > the gas (I > guess when there is torque on the shaft). Applying the > brakes does not > change the noise in any way. If you have any insight on this > one, please > let us know. >


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