Join Date: 4th September 2018
Location: Sheffield, UK
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Rattle... gear box, clutch or else?
Hello All, first post.
I bought a 2006 Civic (1.8 petrol) last week, 100k on the clock. It's had full Honda service history and overall it's in great nick. I'm not a petrol head but it's a great car to drive and I'm enjoying it immensely. Steering is great and so is everything else.
But there is one thing I've noticed that I'm not sure is right. There is a rattle coming from the front. I don't think I have noticed it when buying a car. It was a private sale and the person that sold the car to me was really attentive and really maintained the car so I don't think I was sold a lemon. It could be that I really pushed it the first night (took her out for a drive at midnight as soon as insurance and tax started). Rattle is mostly noticeable in the first 3 gears when starting. It rattles along with the engine (faster at higher revs) and is mostly noticeable under 2,500 rpm. However I do believe it's still there at higher revs and gears, but blends in with the engine noise.
At first I thought it was the exhaust, but not so sure anymore. Car needs to be in gear for the rattle to appear. In neutral when parked it doesn't rattle, but engaging clutch makes the engine sound cleaner, so there is a difference how it sounds (just not huge).
Most (if not all) fluids were replaced recently. It passed MOT a month ago and had Honda inspection in May (2000 mile back). Clutch isn't slipping and all gears go in well. Apart from that rattle she's a dream to drive. Just in case I've got her booked in tomorrow so mechanic can listen to this.
Am I being over-sensitive or is there an actual issue? Does anyone have any idea? I've looked under bonnet and nothing seems loose that could do this.
Thanks in advance!