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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: United Kingdom
A mystery knocking noise.
So yesterday I was driving as normal (Spider) when I started to hear a slight knocking from the front offside. I ignored it.
Then it got louder - if I accelerated it would sound like a hammer tapping on the suspension which increased with speed - so rotational. If I dipped the clutch it stopped and so when coasting no noise. It was worse at low speed - starting off -almost embarrassingly loud.
I booked it in to my local indie - Avanti Ipswich - Mario there knows his stuff - but I was almost unwilling to drive it there as it sounded so bad.
Set off this morning at 06.00 so had clear roads for the six mile drive in. It was awful - sounding almost like a bottom end engine knock up as I accelerated but definitely from the offside front so not engine. I almost stopped to get the AA to relay me. I did find keeping it in third at 2.5k revs made it silent, so carried on - 6 miles.
Parked up and handed the keys to Avanti at 08.30 (I start work at 06.30). I went back at 13.00 and Mario said they had taken it for a drive - no noise! They had put it on a ramp and checked it all out - nothing loose, all bolts tight etc. I went with Mario for a 20 minute drive - F*** - NOTHING. it drives as it always has. I felt like an idiot, Mario understood, no charge for the time taken btw - but I am a regular.
So WTF was it? It really was as described a loud knocking from the offside front when accelerating and I played with gears, freewheeling to try to see when it happened. The engine is fine as I said above - no knocking .
I am perplexed - any ideas?
Last edited by PaulR; 30-12-14 at 18:52.
Reason: Clarity and spelling.