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    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 13th Mar 17, 6:38 PM
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    Car rattling on idle
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    Car rattling on idle 13th Mar 17 at 6:38 PM
    Suzuki grand Vitara - 1.6 petrol - 57 plate.

    Ive never taken it to a garage garage, I get it serviced annually & tyres changed at Kwik fit, I've had bulbs changed at Halfords.

    It's rattling on idle, any ideas what it could be?

    Do I just got to a normal type of car garage - general stuff?
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    • facade
    • By facade 13th Mar 17, 6:47 PM
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    Check that the oil is up to the mark, if it is, take it to a garage.

    Could be absolutely anything.
    Rattles and buzzes are usually something loose.
    Clatters and knocks are more engine related.

    My Suzuki started making a terrific NOISE that had people turning round in the street to laugh and point.,
    It was just the metal heatshield on the catalyst rusted off on one side and vibrating....
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 13th Mar 17, 6:56 PM
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    It was just the metal heatshield on the catalyst rusted off on one side and vibrating....
    Originally posted by facade
    That came up on google for rattling.

    I know NOTHING about cars - I hope I get an honest one :-(
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 13th Mar 17, 7:02 PM
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    That came up on google for rattling.

    I know NOTHING about cars - I hope I get an honest one :-(
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    Well, taking it anywhere other than Kwik-shaft or Halfrauds will be an immediate step in the right direction.
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 13th Mar 17, 7:41 PM
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    Well, taking it anywhere other than Kwik-shaft or Halfrauds will be an immediate step in the right direction.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    They are very female friendly :-)
    • F1F93
    • By F1F93 13th Mar 17, 7:56 PM
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    They are very female friendly :-)
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    Given that most kwik fits will rip off anyone with a pulse, I'm not so sure.
    • facade
    • By facade 13th Mar 17, 7:57 PM
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    If your local Kwik fit know you as a regular customer, they might have a look for nothing and tell you what it is, despite bad opinions on here, some of the mechanics are decent.

    Then it might be a cheap fix, or if they say you need a new car fitted to the steering wheel, just decline and post back here what they actually said.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 13th Mar 17, 8:02 PM
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    They are very female friendly :-)
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    If you mean in the sense that they're just as happy to treat men and women in the same way, then you're right. They're very happy to reassure any gender that they can fix all the 'dangerous' faults they've found on the car that only came in for a tyre, and to point out how lucky you are that you didn't drive another hundred yards or you'd have been killed to death, before presenting you with a bill for exactly 7.35 times the average global cost of the work they've done.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 13th Mar 17, 9:08 PM
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    Given how many people quite happily leave serious faults until the MOT is due the fact that Kwik Fit point out your broken spring or soaking wet shockers or brake backplates doesn't mean that they're trying to rip you off.
    • F1F93
    • By F1F93 13th Mar 17, 9:49 PM
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    No. But if there's nothing really wrong with them, and they say that they need changing knowIng that the average Joe will have no idea if that's correct or not, then that IS ripping you off.

    Prime example - I was told by a garage that my front discs were worn and needed changing ASAP, and the front pads were pretty much worn and so they may as well change those too.

    Now I had no way of knowing there and then if that was correct, but when I took it home and replaced the brakes myself I saw that the discs weren't too bad and the pads were not even half worn. Most people would have just gotten the garage to change it all.
    • konark
    • By konark 14th Mar 17, 10:51 PM
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    Exhaust shield? Walk round the car and see if you can hear where it's loudest.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 14th Mar 17, 11:29 PM
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    They are very female friendly :-)
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    Yes, they know that talking BS = Trustworthy

    Conversely a good mechanic won't typically do a good job of simplifying their language and therefore seem less trustworthy, funny old world.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 14th Mar 17, 11:31 PM
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    Given how many people quite happily leave serious faults until the MOT is due the fact that Kwik Fit point out your broken spring or soaking wet shockers or brake backplates doesn't mean that they're trying to rip you off.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    Even if they're gas shocks?

    The old quick spray of WD40 and tell the customer they need replacing trick!
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 15th Mar 17, 2:00 AM
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    I've had two cars that gave serious rattles when idling.

    The first - well, I did wonder where I had put that mole wrench. It was hung on the water pump housing.

    The second - A mechanic had left a tool in the space under the battery tray.
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 15th Mar 17, 10:00 AM
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    I had a GV definitely the heat shield on the cat converter, they rust through at the bolts and flap about, I flattened a piece of coppper pipe and wrapped it round the shield bolting the loose ends together, worked a treat.
    It could also be the end of the exhaust after the rear wheel, that bit rusts through as well
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 15th Mar 17, 10:05 AM
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    I had a GV definitely the heat shield on the cat converter, they rust through at the bolts and flap about, I flattened a piece of coppper pipe and wrapped it round the shield bolting the loose ends together, worked a treat.
    It could also be the end of the exhaust after the rear wheel, that bit rusts through as well
    Originally posted by tonyh66
    Are either of those urgent?
    Are they expensive?
    Is it regular normal garages?
    Likely to take long?
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