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More than likely.... (archive)

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Posted by RichC on April 02, 1999 at 07:59:05:

In Reply to: It's annoying...(more) posted by DC on April 01, 1999 at 22:52:29:

a cranberry stuck in the heatshield.

I had the same thing with my '86 Scirocco. It would only make a noise under heavy acceleration up hills. I though the trans was going. Took it to the dealer three times before they finally figured out it was a rock stuck in the headshield. I've seen your road, I'll bet it just something stuck. There's a perfect place for this stuff to accumulate just aft of where the shifter comes down. There's a depression, sort of a broad pan that looks like it would collect stuff. I dropped a part down there when installing my short shifter and had to fish it out.

Good news - if you've got the clearance you can drop the shield and reach in there and clean stuff out. Bad news - it's a pain.

- rich

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