So a couple of weeks after replacing the spark plugs (covered in an earlier post) an annoying rattle re-emerged from the rear of the car. Mostly noticeable at around 1,500 rpm driving through town. One of those noises that everyone turns to stare at when you drive past pointing at the rattly 911!!!
My initial though was ‘Something I had removed during spark plug change and subsequently refitted had come loose.’
So a quick knock of the exhaust tail trims and cat section identified that both the left and right hand tail trim brackets had snapped (again). This time at the opposite ends of the brackets to the first time (see an earlier post) so as a temporary measure I undid the clamps and removed the brackets and then relighted the clamps to stop further rattling.
But a more permanent solution was required.
So time to have them welded back on meaning the tail pipes had to come off the car again! But I am getting used to doing this, it does not require a ramp and can be accomplished on the ground.
Access was tricky this time, the tail finishers would not come off due to rusted fixings and removal of them would be just too problematical at this stage and I did not want to risk permanent damage. So they were tack welded top and bottom and additionally welded with some bracing to each one to strengthen.
An ideal solution in the short term, and once refitted no more annoying rattles. Perhaps in the future I might see of the finishers can be removed, replace the bolt and have the other end of the brackets welded too.