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2006 Diesel Jetta with 180k miles. normal mnt done no

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2006 Diesel Jetta with 180k miles. normal mnt done no crashes or anything. It is automatic. About a week ago when I would put it into gear reverse or forward and idle, like at a light, it the motor noise got much louder thumping etc. Car did not vibrate. If I put it into neutral the noise went away. I have had a transmission specialist look at it as well as another body shop I know very well. Neither could find out what it is .
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 10 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose), my normal schedule online is around lunch and after dinner past midnight.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
free tomorrow after 10am until 11:45, then 1-2pm and after 8:15
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 10 months ago.

What is the idle speed in gear when stopped and its rattling?

Has the vehicle been on a rack and this duplicated so it can be listened to from underneath?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
it only stops the noise when I put it into neutral. i don't hear the noise after 45mph but the by that speed i'm on a freeway going 80 very soon. In gear and low speeds or idle is when it is loudest
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 10 months ago.

My suggestion is to get it on a rack so you can listen from under the vehicle. Since the noise is gone after 45 mph, I do not suspect a trans issue. I am leaning most towards an exhaust system or component rattling from internal damage or a heat shield or a worn engine or trans mount. Listening to the source with a stethoscope from under the vehicle will provide the best approach for diagnosing this.

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Thanks Chris

Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 9 months ago.

Hello again Chris here,

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Thanks Chris