2016 Golf - Creaking sound when going over bumps

2016 Golf - Creaking sound when going over bumps

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carquery

Original Poster:

6 posts

3 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Hello,

I am new to the forum and was hoping I may be able to get some opinions/pointers regarding an issue I am having with a car I recently purchased.

The car is a 2016 VW Golf and the issue is:
  • A loud creaking sound when going over speed bumps
  • Mainly happens when going over bumps at slow speed
  • Only happens when first driving each car for the first 1-3 bumps of the day, after that it returns to a normal sound when going over speed bumps
  • It's as if somethign seizing up when the car rests and the first few bumps cause whatever has seized up to come loose and then it is ok again
  • The same sound sometimes happens when turning around a bend, going up a ramp in a car park, or sometimes if stopping suddenly
It is hard to capture the sound on video due to the mic not picking up, but the below video shows the sound happening at the 7 second mark, if you listen with the sound up it can clearly be heard.

https://vimeo.com/374141426

Does anyone have any ideas what this could be?

Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

Thanks

eybic

8,981 posts

122 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Sounds like it could be worn top mounts to me.

carquery

Original Poster:

6 posts

3 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Apologies, some further info I should have included in the original message.

This car was purchased from an official VW dealership and I have taken it back to them to investigate, but they have struggled to identify the issue.

As it happens only in some scenarios (after a period of rest, and only on some bumps) I cannot recreate it for them there and then, which is why I have started trying to capture it on video.

Frustratingly the last video I sent them they claimed they could hear nothing, I am hoping this one is clear enough that they cannot deny there is a problem!

They have replaced the front top mounts and shock absorbers, but this has made no difference at all.

Thanks again

designforlife

3,266 posts

111 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Could also possibly be some worn bushings... tbh my rear axle polybushes creak in damp and wet weather and they are less than a year old.

eybic

8,981 posts

122 months

Tuesday 19th November
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As said above, if it's not top mounts then my next bit to investigate would be bushes on suspension arms although it's strange that it only happens a few times per drive confused

designforlife

3,266 posts

111 months

Tuesday 19th November
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The front top mounts on my DC5 would only creak in cold or damp weather, and only ever on the first couple of turns of the steering wheel, for ages i thought it was actually a problem with the PAS or steering rack...it was maddeningly specific but difficult to track down.




Novexx

154 posts

22 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Is it from the front or rear?

carquery

Original Poster:

6 posts

3 months

Tuesday 19th November
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It sounds as if it is from the front, that was my initial interpretation of it, but it's hard to say definitively.

was8v

1,718 posts

143 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Our 2013 golf 7 does the same, has done since a couple of years old. By the time I drove back to the VW garage for diagnosis the noise had gone. Gave up after that. I figured I'd wait for it to get worse (and hence more identifiable) or the MOT man to find some play but they never have.

VW had quality issues with the shocks on these, they refused to replace ours that were "misting" on first MOT under warranty, but it's never had an MOT advisory since. Might be those.

It hasn't got worse. I most recently put it down to a noisy ARB droplink or similar. You could go spraying wd40 under the ARB link covers to eliminate them.

was8v

1,718 posts

143 months

Tuesday 19th November
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carquery

Original Poster:

6 posts

3 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Thank you for all the replies, suggestions and links.

I had originally thought it was the front shock absorbers, and became even more certain of this once I saw them listed in the MOT advisories as having misting of oil.

However, they have now replaced the front top mounts and shock absorbers and the creaking has continued.

My concern is they don't seem to be inclined to do a full exploration to find the issue, so I am really keen to try and identify some options of what it could be before taking it back to them.

chan61922

238 posts

10 months

Tuesday 19th November
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My 2016 golf r does this, same scenarios as yours! I googled it and seems a lot of people go on about it, I just ignore it and learned to live with it, not doing any harm I guess...... characteristic of the car lol

WhiteBaron

1,243 posts

174 months

Tuesday 19th November
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My 66 skoda superb does this, goes away after the 1st few speed bumps. Has done it from new and now on 66k . Been in 3 times for service and no issues raised.

SteBrown91

1,362 posts

77 months

Tuesday 19th November
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My old mk6 golf did this and now my mk7 does it.

My mates old polo also did it. It’s just a “feature” of vw group top mounts I think. They can be a bit creaky from time to time.

Silverage

655 posts

78 months

Thursday 21st November
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I had a 66 Superb and a 13 Golf GTI that did this. Inbetween I had a 15 Passat that did not. The difference? The Superb and Golf had DCC whereas the Passat did not. I now have a 69 Tiguan (with DCC) which is presently quiet, but so were the others at first.

Deckert

359 posts

138 months

Friday 22nd November
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My 2015 Golf R did this, it drove me absolutely mental and all the passengers. It could never be diagnosed by two different VW dealers and I ended up swapping the car because of it, for another Golf R. Thankfully, this time, no creaking (just a load of annoying rattles).

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

22,709 posts

183 months

Friday 22nd November
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Our 2013 Mk7 tdi does this, as you say only over the first few bumps. I've always assumed some rust build up when parked that rubs away.

It's done it for years.

fatboy b

8,322 posts

164 months

Friday 22nd November
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Probably creak. My mini had it, but it was quickly sorted by the dealer.

Our Golf doesn’t do that, but it does pretty much everything else. Without doubt the worst car we’ve ever had.

Cecil330d

10 posts

43 months

Saturday 23rd November
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Hi, My 2013 GTI has done this since i have owned it (3 Years). I did cure it once by spraying the rubber bushes on the suspension components with silicon lubricant. I think it lasted a few months. I have just learned to live with it as its only speed bumps and when I park on my drive that it manifests itself.

If it really bothers you get underneath and look at all the rubber components in thesuspension and give them a liberal dousing in silicon spray.

Alfa Pete

140 posts

174 months

Saturday 23rd November
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My Mk7 GTD does this.
Took it into be dealer and they said all ok.
Car has done 83k now and it’s not got any worse so I have just lived with it.