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PostSubject: Mysterious rattle identified   Tue May 03, 2011 10:22 pm

Had an annoying tinny rattle occur front end of Eva when doing about 55mph + that would put anyone off their desire to go touring. Head and cross winds seemed to make matter worse. Having had enough of this noise, I finally sorted it out by getting my step-son to stick his head down under the dash and identify the source of this rattle while I drove Eva up and down the A31 twixt Farnham and Guildford. On the outward journey - into a head wind - the noise was intolerable but on the return journey - with the wind - the noise disappeared altogether. From this we concluded that the noise source must be external - i.e. something attached to the front area of the van. Back at the ranch, much poking about under and on the front end of Eva revealed nothing untoward and it was purely by chance and further experiment that the culprit was finally identified. It was the... NUMBER PLATE!

Yep, this thing, being made of flimsy plastic, was vibrating against the front bumper when under stress. Soon though, it will be no more, as it is being replaced by its all metal cousin.


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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Tue May 03, 2011 10:25 pm

Lol - well done.

White and black metal plates I take it - not illegal black and silver ones as some seem to think it's ok to stick on?! Even on Classics that are post '72. It's daft - they'll just fail the MOT or worse get pulled by the Filth.

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Wed May 04, 2011 9:00 am

have had my black and silver plates on for almost 5 years now and havent been stopped by the police once, i swap them over for mot once a year and thats it. the front ones are glued back to back and the rear one is just screwed over the top of the yellow one, appropriate tools are always in the glove box as well just in case. in my opinion it makes my van look better.

i asked a police friend of mine how likely i was to be pulled up and his response was we have better things to do! i think if the numbers were in some silly font or spaced incorrectly then theres more chance of being pulled.
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Wed May 04, 2011 9:15 am

But surely by having the standard plates available and obscured you are making it obvious that you know the black/silver ones are illegal? Therefore you are readily admitting to an offence. Not having them on the van - you could claim ignorance.

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Wed May 04, 2011 6:20 pm

i used to do just that on my mini!! if you have a crash just check to make sure it doesnt invalidate your insurance or mot.
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Wed May 04, 2011 10:13 pm

Sure Tilly - but having the correct plates fitted behind the illegal ones is an admission of guilt as far as I'm concerned. Anyway as has been stated it's not been a problem so far so ...... there are plenty of folk out there doing it.

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Wed May 04, 2011 10:37 pm

The police are very hot on fancy script number plates at the moment because their on board number plate readers cant read them. I dont know if they can read the old style black and silver, if they can, i expect you wouldnt get pulled as they would assume its an old van

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:13 pm

We just have the grille at the front (no fake spare wheel).  Seems to get really noisy when we go over 50mpH, which drowns out the speakers to a degree.  Don't think its the numberplate. It seems to be coming from within the front grille.

Im going to put some sound deadening in the panels throughout the van, but wondered if anyone has had a similar rattle from the plastic front grille and any suggestions how to reduce / get rid of it?

Thanks everyone!

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:45 am

We had a rattle from the dashboard, which was sorted out by tightening the fixing screws at either end. It might be worth a try.
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:48 am

Thanks Voyager. I don't think it's the dash as this has been retrimmed and is very secure at both ends. The noise sounds like its turbulent air moving something within the front grille. Haven't tried taking it off and poking around a bit to find the loose bits - that is on the cards today, but I've got revision to do! Still doing exams at 33 Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:45 am

I've got more rattles than Mothercare but to be honest the best way of dealing with them is to turn the stereo up!
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:53 am

Thanks HH - you're right! The BraziBay is meant to be driven slowly anyway I reckon!
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:10 am

I spent months trying to find a rattle from behind the drivers seat only to figure out later it was the grill pan. Cruise and enjoy.....rattles come and go!
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:17 am

@BMac does the noise change if you open/close the air vents via the lever on the dash?

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:22 am

Not really Tim. Of course when you open the air vents at speed there is a lot of noise, but that is almost entirely gone when you fully close them. This rattling/vibration seems to be coming from the front grille - I think! I will take it off sometime soon and look at it. Thanks! Brian
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:34 pm

@BMac does it happen at all speeds?

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:15 pm

It is directly related to speed. Don't hear it below 40mpH but gets increasingly louder as I get up to 70mpH.
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:32 am

I find the vw badge on the front oscillates at certain speeds.
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:13 am

Not too sure if the radiator fan is of the free-wheeling type, but if it is, it could be spinning faster as you increase speed, and it may be catching on the housing or something.
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:51 pm

Thanks Dizzy I will have a look at that when I take the grille off and poke around inside!
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:31 am

Just turn the speakers up to 11 man afro Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:41 am

@Scooby wrote:
Just turn the speakers up to 11 man afro Laughing

If it was an aircooled they wouldn't need to! Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:46 am

@Voyager wrote:
@Scooby wrote:
Just turn the speakers up to 11 man afro Laughing

If it was an aircooled they wouldn't need to! Twisted Evil

Harsh, but fair!

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:33 pm

All Kombis shake, rattle and roll - learn to love the character of your vehicle Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Mysterious rattle identified   Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:46 pm

Sounds good Scooby. Thanks!
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