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#1 Silverdogs

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:36 PM

I bought a 2003 Mondeo TDCi estate a couple of months ago. It has a full service history so I wasn't too worried about it having anything seriously wrong with it.

 

I've never owned a diesel before and it drives really well, no problems or strange noises, accelerates nicely thanks to the turbo, but when the engine is idling it sounds rattly until I put the clutch down and then the rattling stops. Should I be concerned? We saved for three months to buy a car after the head gasket went on our Vectra and I bought it on my own with no help, so if anything is seriously wrong it, it's going to be my fault of course!



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:27 PM

Could be the crank shaft pully

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:45 PM

Ok, big job, little job, expensive job?



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

Shouldnt be too bad but id take it to a garage and just get them to check it over first theres a few things that could cause a rattle :)

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

Can you hear where abouts the noise is coming from?

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:03 PM

The engine! :D

 

Sorry, I'll open the bonnet tomorrow and listen, but I don't really know one engine part from another. I know where to put the oil and water and jump leads, but that's about as far as my knowledge goes and my husband is the same (he wouldn't admit it, though).



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:08 PM

Lol thats what I meant what area of the car is it coming from lol

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:32 PM

clutch release bearing maybe ?  if its worn and vibrating on the clutch pressure plate it could cause the noise, when you press the clutch down the load on the bearing may then cause the noise to go.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:39 AM

Of course it would sound different when the clutch is pressed, but my ear is not well tuned to the normal sound of a diesel engine and I could be worrying about nothing. There just seems to be something extra that doesn't sound normal. I have taken a video, not sure if it helps or not!

 



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:53 PM

If this noise disappears when you dip the clutch it could be the DMF on the way out.Get an opinion from a clutch center then shop around for the best price.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:58 PM

100% clutch release bearing on its way out. Ill bet my mortgage on it!

 

While your having that done id recommend you get the clutch and dual mass flywheel done at the same time.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:27 PM

If you get the DMF and clutch replaced best take a valium before they give you the estimate!



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:32 PM

Thanks. If it was the clutch release bearing wouldn't it make a noise when the clutch was depressed, rather than the other way round?

 

What's a DMF?  :unsure:



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

If you get the DMF and clutch replaced best take a valium before they give you the estimate!

OMG I'm scared to even think about that!



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:48 PM

Dual Mass Flywheel of course! Silly me. :rolleyes:



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