Hi folk, hoping for some help/advice here. Whilst selling my car today mk3.5 2010 Sport Tech, on a test drive and returning back to my house, turned into forecourt and heard a ticking/clicking noise from front nearside wheel area. Thought I may have ‘imagined’ it but new owner to be, then went out with me as passenger. When we returned, I definitely heard the noise. Steady driving in the forecourt reproduced the noise again and again when on full lock but nothing in a straight line (both backwards and forwards). Checked, nothing in tyre treads i.e. stones or whatever, jacked car up, spinning road wheel on full lock, turning freely, no noise. Didn’t take wheel off but checked for free play on wheel (bearings) zero play detected. Back on ground, same noise heard again. Had new droplinks a while back, still like new, no fouling of arch liners, no rubbing, nothing ‘loose’ found behind wheels. Car was MOT’d again only yesterday for new owner with no advisories.
Now normally, I drive straight into and reverse straight out of my garage, only turned so car could be properly inspected by new owner before completion of the sale, which is why I never noticed anything amiss.
Chap had travelled from Uxbridge (one way train ticket) so bought the car anyway but would really appreciate any advise that may help in sorting the issue out as I don’t want to just leave him hanging. Car drives perfectly on the road, brakes in a straight line, doesn’t pull to either side etc. Just the (not loud) ticking noise on full lock. Any help much appreciated.