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Old 12-05-2011, 01:58 PM   #1551
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I wonder if the dealer has a "plink" detector...

Hopefully they can pinpoint the noises so it doesn't drive you crazy wondering what it is.
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I'm fairly certain Doug has a set of mufflers that'll make just about every noise go away


But I think I"m going to put the quieter ones back on.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:29 PM   #1553
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Hey...it's actually pretty cool having two sets of mufflers! Quiet this week....loud the next...quiet....loud....
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Well...we tore down the rear left suspension today trying to pin point that damn plinking sound. Glen, Chris, and I did this over at Planet Pickup...who installed the suspension back in Feb. Chris tore it down...looked it over...and everything looked fine. The top and bottom mounts appeared to be good, but the springs had no wear or rub marks at either end or in between the coils. So, we decided to go back to stock...

We dropped it down with the stock springs back in place (after I already completely took apart the rear sway bar). drove it back and forth and the damn plinking continued. So...don't think it's the springs.

After the looked around for a while, they came to the conclusion that it's either something drive line related or it's the brake pads flopping around in there. Not so sure.

So, we are going to drop it off at the dealer on Monday and see what happens.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:50 PM   #1555
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We did one better. we put chassis ears on it and still couldn't find it.

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Old 12-05-2011, 03:02 PM   #1556
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This may be stuck under one of the spring perches...take a look:

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Old 12-05-2011, 03:32 PM   #1557
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Random thought,since mine us doing something similar and I think I found the culprit...

Checked you rear speakers? 99% sure that is where my "clink" is coming from.

Worth a check.


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Old 12-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #1558
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Random thought,since mine us doing something similar and I think I found the culprit...

Checked you rear speakers? 99% sure that is where my "clink" is coming from.

Worth a check.


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You mean not being mounted properly?

whoa... that would be a new one....
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:55 PM   #1559
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As dumb as this sounds, check your LCA for a stray pebble. I had one caught in mine that couldn't find it's own way out.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:04 PM   #1560
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I heard that after-market tie rods can cause a plinking sound... Did you install any o' dose?
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:10 PM   #1561
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Yeah, guess some of them were a bit loose from the factory. Mine only make noise at super low speed, smallest bumps. Larger bumps or more speed, no change.

I jammed some cardboard between the speaker and the rear deck lid, from the bottom. Seemed to help, but the cardboard fell out after awhile. Need to find a better solution, with all that spare time I've got laying around.

All my suspension parts check out a-ok.

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Old 12-05-2011, 10:30 PM   #1562
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We did one better. we put chassis ears on it and still couldn't find it.

Those ears were pretty loud on the rear right end link. Problem? We took the darn thing apart. Can't make noise if the think has been taken apart.

I will put it in 1st and let it idle forward and while rolling forward, I take it out of first and put it in reverse. I give it a tiny bit of gas (just enough to keep it from stalling) and the car will slow, stop, and then go in reverse. When it does this, you hear the "re-positioning" of something metallic in the rear axle areas. While rolling back, you put it back in 1st and roll forward EASY on the gas. NEVER do I get on the brake. Just back and forth...back and forth...PLINK PLINK PLINK PLINK....You know what? I think I'm going to try to record it just so the others can see/hear.
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Random thought,since mine us doing something similar and I think I found the culprit...

Checked you rear speakers? 99% sure that is where my "clink" is coming from.

Worth a check.


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Would be nice if it were that easy, but nope. This is an obvious problem at the rear axle.
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As dumb as this sounds, check your LCA for a stray pebble. I had one caught in mine that couldn't find it's own way out.
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Negatory.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:47 PM   #1563
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Those ears were pretty loud on the rear right end link. Problem? We took the darn thing apart. Can't make noise if the think has been taken apart.

I will put it in 1st and let it idle forward and while rolling forward, I take it out of first and put it in reverse. I give it a tiny bit of gas (just enough to keep it from stalling) and the car will slow, stop, and then go in reverse. When it does this, you hear the "re-positioning" of something metallic in the rear axle areas. While rolling back, you put it back in 1st and roll forward EASY on the gas. NEVER do I get on the brake. Just back and forth...back and forth...PLINK PLINK PLINK PLINK....You know what? I think I'm going to try to record it just so the others can see/hear.



Would be nice if it were that easy, but nope. This is an obvious problem at the rear axle.

Nada.

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Doug, I know it doesn't make sense with the timing of the plinko/spring install... but... have you taken a good look at the u-joint of the driveshaft... near the carrier bearing... It's possible a bearing is bad in one of the caps and this is what your hearing... Just food for thought...
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Doug, I know it doesn't make sense with the timing of the plinko/spring install... but... have you taken a good look at the u-joint of the driveshaft... near the carrier bearing... It's possible a bearing is bad in one of the caps and this is what your hearing... Just food for thought...
We are getting dual sounds from both sides of the vehicle. It almost sound like the sound is coming straight from the brake caliper. Ancira is going to toss a set of chassis ears on there and really check it out. I have to take it in in a couple weeks. They said half their crew is out on vacation for a couple weeks and they have no one to really get to it right now. No problem on my end. But, maybe we can get lucky and figure out what this crap is.
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sway bar tightened down? Will it still make that noise with one endlink disconnected? Is the plink, plink, plink steady as you move back and forth or just one time in each direction. If steady, does it get faster as the car get's faster? If that's the case I would agree with Robert that this sounds vaguely familiar to what PQ went through.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:16 AM   #1567
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sway bar tightened down? Will it still make that noise with one endlink disconnected? Is the plink, plink, plink steady as you move back and forth or just one time in each direction. If steady, does it get faster as the car get's faster? If that's the case I would agree with Robert that this sounds vaguely familiar to what PQ went through.
We completely took apart the sway bar. I disconnected it at both ends so there was zero stress on it. No way it could have moved.

The plink comes only when stress is put on the rear end as in go or stop. And, it will plink once going forward, once going backward (each side). It's like something either settling or something twisting in the half shaft slipping and then hitting metal clanking.
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All I replaced were the rear subframe cradle mount bushes. But, the noise was coming before that.
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All I replaced were the rear subframe cradle mount bushes. But, the noise was coming before that.
Well that was going to be my next suggestion is to snug those up with the car on the ground.

How about the 4 bolts that hold the top of the rear shock? Do any of your rear spring seats show any signs of tearing?
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Well that was going to be my next suggestion is to snug those up with the car on the ground.

How about the 4 bolts that hold the top of the rear shock? Do any of your rear spring seats show any signs of tearing?
I'll snug'em up just to make sure. But, that shouldn't be the culprit.

The top spring/shock mounts are tight. We took out the spring and put the stock one back in to make sure it wasn't the spring. Still there. Then, we put the lowering spring back in...still there. Top mounts looked good...bottom mounts good....all tight....
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Got my two front tires in a couple days ago from Andy over at ADM. It was perfect timing too...since I just got a nail in the sidewall of my left rear. I bought the rears back in Dec of last year. So, at a year old...and with ROAD HAZARD, I LUCKED out!

Got my fronts put on this morning along with the replaced left rear. It's nice having new tires...no worries for a long, long time.
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It time for me too on the fronts i kill them faster, It may be doing The speed limit on turns that wear them out faster.
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I'm wondering if they are failing/failed...

didn't you have a bent LCA end link tab?
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It time for me too on the fronts i kill them faster, It may be doing The speed limit on turns that wear them out faster.


I KNOW what you are talking about!

Now...if I could only have about 2 more inches of width on the front tires for those turns...

Hopefully I'll come across some good ZL1 wheels here in the near future from someone who wants to sell them off of their new Camaro. I'm looking...and I know of a couple guys already wanting to sell. If I can manage, I want to pick them up and paint them similar to my current set up...>CGM with wave blue and a polished front. If so, I'll have the width that I want all the way around and I don't think I'll be doing anything with rims/tires for a long, long time.
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I'm wondering if they are failing/failed...

didn't you have a bent LCA end link tab?
With the rear sway bar disassembled, there would be no pressure/force on the rear bent LCA tabs. Rear sway, endlinks, tabs are totally out of the equation.

Sucks...but...Hopefully the dealer figures it out.




On a side note, got my 5th or 6th replacement plasma bulb back today and installed back in my car. I'm growing tired of these flimsy hair thin wires detaching. It's really getting irritating. At least the customer service, shipping, and entire return/exchange process over at AAC is beyond good.

I taped the wires up in there just to make sure they are not swaying back and forth, getting jolted around, yadda yadda. Hopefully this is the last bulb I'll need to replace for a long, long time.

In fact, I think I want some MAJOR HID running lights. Glen's truck has some and those f'ers are BRIGHT.
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