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    Hi all,

    Just noticed a strange sound coming from the front left of my vectra GSI. Its an irreegular "ticking" sound almost like small stones hitting the underside of the car.

    Had a look underneath but can;t see anything obvious. Haven;t had a chance to get wheel off yet but is there anything else i can check?

    Can't see anything wrong with spring (only replaced originals with eibachs about a year and a half ago).

    Doens;t seem to be any handling issues but very annoying.

    Thanks for any help

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    You could check the centre exhaust heat sheild, may have corroded through and come loose (mine did).

    Is it an Auto or Manual 'box? I've a 3.2 Auto Elite and get a noise a bit like that at times and I've put it down to a feature of the box.

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    Its a manual box (3.2 GSI). HAven;t noticed it before but i did recently have one of the flex joints replaced as it was corroded but this is on the RHS.

    Heat shield might be it. sounds almost like tinfoil "crinkling" if you know what i mean?

    I'll have a look tomorrow


    Thanks for your help

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    Also check the brake disc protector on the inside of the disc. It can also catch the disc but usually makes a squeaky noise. Worth checking just in case.

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    Have you checked the tyre, sometimes a piece of metal stuck in the tyre can cause a ticking sound like that.

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    Thanks for all the replies. Seems like it was just the heat shield. Pressed it back into shape and noise has gone. I did notice the centre nut looks a bit loose (heat shield moves up and down over bolt) so i'll need to get under to try and tighten this as well.

    thanks again.

    RoddyKFC

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