Q: Car rattles slightly when wheel is turned all the way

asked by on December 24, 2016

So the dealer told me because of something with the hydraulics, if i turn the wheel all the way to the end (either side), ill experience brief rattle. For example, when i'm in first gear and trying to do a U-turn, i feel a slight rattle/vibration. Is this normal?

Also, the moon roof seems to be rattling whenever i'm going through a bumpy patch of road. I'm assuming its due to some parts not lining up correctly?

I'm sure if i was to take it into a shop I could get a straight forward answer, or maybe a runaround answer which will cost me extra 30% of what I should really pay for, so I'd like some insights!

Thank you very much in advance.

My car has 61500 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. When your wheels are turned all the way (also known as "clock to clock") there are rubber stops that will protect the wheels from running into body or frame. When the wheels hit this point, the power steering system is forced to work harder. After time, the pump starts to wear down and has a harder time compensating for these strains. It is normal for this to happen over time, but keep an eye on it and try to avoid the noise if possible.

The moon roof is a fairly simple part. A good visual inspection will go a long way. The best thing you can do is attempt to gently replicate the noise. If you can do that and pinpoint where it is coming from, you are likely to be better prepared to talk to a professional about it. Chances are things are just loose. If nothing is broken, its possible the components can be tightened up and placed back where they need to be. At worst, a component in the roof may need to be replaced. Only an inspection will tell.

For more help with either issue, or for another opinion, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Loud screeching noise on left front tire when the car is in motion

Hi there. If there is a screeching noise when the vehicle is moving coming from the wheels, then the brakes need to be checked again. That type of noise is typically caused by a bad brake pad sensor. It is...

front left making a rumble. doesnt do it when slightly turning left

It is likely that the left front wheel bearing has failed. When you swerve to the left on a ramp, what you doing is transferring some of the weight of the car from the left to the right. The transference...

Shaking

What you are describing sounds like a dirty or faulty mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor. This sensor relays vital information...

Related articles

How to Diagnose and Repair Noisy Brakes
Squeaky car brakes are hard to drive with. If your car brakes are making noise, check the brake pads and brake rotors to see if they are worn down.
Top 10 PZEV Cars for Eco-Friendly Drivers
Teddy Leung / Shutterstock.com The whole idea of a PZEV (that is, a partial zero-emissions vehicle), seems paradoxical. You’d think it’d have to either be zero-emissions or not in the category at all. But as contradictory as...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi A4
The The 2012 Audi A4 has powerful engines and a spacious interior for both passengers and cargo. In addition, the A4 offers style and performance that others in its class just don’t have. It has steadily improved to overcome the...