View Full Version : Help with a few issues

08-26-2016, 05:31 PM
So I started a thread a month or two back to work on fixing up a car I purchased as a daily driver. Still waiting on some funding for the big parts, like a gasket kit for oil leaking (probably do timing belt at same time since i'll have to pull it off anyways) and replacing wiper transmission linkage. But I've been chasing down some clunking noises I have been getting in the front end since purchase. I have since replace the: inner/out tie rods, transmission mounts (were bad) and a mount support bracket (was split in half), had 2 shake downs done and suspension inspected (all but upper strut mounts since you cant "see" them without some disassembly). I'm getting the noise more consistently and getting a bit more worried. I have noticed if i gently apply the brakes at any time while moving they "rattle", but if I press firmly it basically goes away or as a friend describes, tights everything up. I'm guess it could be a caliper/pad issue, or brake mounting issue. The noise seems to happen when i start/stop and not when I am driving, so could something be broken related to the brakes that could cause that noise/clunking to happen?

Also, the last few weeks when it rains the drivers side front and back is damp, Where do i look to proper drainage to be happening to prevent leaking, and what else could be causing it besides a plugged rain drain? Roof and passenger side do not appear to be getting wet.

also: side note, my oil leak is getting worse slowly, and definitely smells like oil every drive when I get out now, so is doing a full gasket replacement the correct thing to do to fix the oil leaking?

Thanks for any replies and sorry for letting my DD restore post lapse and disappear. I can supply photos for anything needed.

08-26-2016, 07:39 PM
As far as the damp carpet goes, the drains behind the false firewall are most likely clogged. There's one under the battery, and one under the brake booster. Clean the area behind the ecu box while you're in there. For the clunk check all the bushings you can, and make sure everything is tightened down. Where is your oil leak? if there are seals that aren't leaking just leave them be, no need in disturbing them and installing a new one that will leak because it didn't seat right. for the brakes same deal, check the pads and calipers, check to see if the rotor is warped, make sure everything is bolted correctly.when it "rattles" is it an audible noise or does the car shake?

08-26-2016, 07:52 PM
the brake rattle is not a pulse, its a rattle like i can feel and hear it. with the false firewall where is that located? i have tried cleaning behind the ecu box (near wiper motor right in front of driver under hood??) i'll try doing the battery one again, how do you best clean it?

08-26-2016, 11:37 PM
There's little rubber drains under the battery tray and brake booster, they get clogged full of shit and stop working. I'll post some old pics of mine. And for the brakes if you can feel it like in the wheel I'd check the rotors, its easy enough. I feel like they might be warped

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08-26-2016, 11:43 PM

This is the one under the brake booster. As you can see it was clogged all the way up, clear em' out.


The other one is slightly under the battery tray. If you can take it out you can get a better cleaning of it


And the area behind where the ecu box is can get dirty too, if you're going deep it helps to clean back there too. And if you have to pull the wiper motor stuff you'll have extra room [emoji106]

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08-27-2016, 07:03 AM
Thanks for photos! I'll check the new spots recommended, did you just clean them with a special tool or just something long and push? i only ask as I do not want to rip them or something if they are supposed to be cleaned a certain way. I'll try and look at the brakes this weekend. It could be rotors, but the rattle seems to go in hand with the clunk noise, or they seem related so I was thinking it would be something I can't see. I'll try and search up on checking bushings as well, or how to check them as they were mentioned as well.

08-27-2016, 08:28 AM
No special tools, I just used an old screwdriver and s shorty extension

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