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Greetings - it's been a bit as my Metris has been great but I have had this head-scratcher for a while.
I have a very distinct rattle from the front. Washboard sections of road make it the worst although it's noticeable over other types of bumps/expansion joints as well. It DOES go away if I ride the brakes. It doesn't transmit through the steering wheel and I can't "feel" it at any point but I can hear it.

Had one non-dealer/Sprinter specialist replace the front sway bar thinking it was the bushings (apparently, you can't obtain the bushings separately, but the bar as a unit/with bushings isn't expensive) but no real improvement.

I've also had it at the dealer to let them have a swing at finding the rattle with no joy.

I'm thinking the rattle first appeared after I had the brakes done the last time but it's been a while so I'm not entirely sure....but after thinking about it, could it be the pads or backing plates/shield? Is there a way that I could check this myself??

Thanks!

Brian
 

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Greetings - it's been a bit as my Metris has been great but I have had this head-scratcher for a while.
I have a very distinct rattle from the front. Washboard sections of road make it the worst although it's noticeable over other types of bumps/expansion joints as well. It DOES go away if I ride the brakes. It doesn't transmit through the steering wheel and I can't "feel" it at any point but I can hear it.

Had one non-dealer/Sprinter specialist replace the front sway bar thinking it was the bushings (apparently, you can't obtain the bushings separately, but the bar as a unit/with bushings isn't expensive) but no real improvement.

I've also had it at the dealer to let them have a swing at finding the rattle with no joy.

I'm thinking the rattle first appeared after I had the brakes done the last time but it's been a while so I'm not entirely sure....but after thinking about it, could it be the pads or backing plates/shield? Is there a way that I could check this myself??

Thanks!

Brian

Dear Brian,

Yes a lot of times the problem is a rusted steel backing plate that is separating from the friction. Even a very thin separation can cause rattle and pulsation. The way to check it to peek in your caliper and see if the plate has excessive rust. Please See types of examples here: Top 10 Bad Brake Images - Safe Braking
 

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Thanks for this and I'll give it a look. I'm also wondering if this started after I got my brakes done the last time....and if they left out some of the hardware or if the clip(s) aren't doing their job...thanks much.
 
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