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Old 10-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Found cause of noise....What exactly is this part?

I did the control arm repair about 2-3 weeks ago on my boxster and it worked wonders for my suspension noises. However since then I replaced my horns and had new front tires mounted and balanced along with an alignment. A few days ago I started noticing a clicking noise with every tire rotation and it drove me nuts. I examined everything on the car...or so I thought.

Tonight I isolated the noise to the right side and found that a cable which was secured (with a zip tie) to the control arm I did the repair on was rubbing the tire/rim. Obviously after a few weeks and a few hundred miles the rubber on that cable wore away and the metal inside began rubbing on the rim.

I'm going to secure it out of the way before I drive anywhere else and damage it further ....but what is that cable for? I believe it's leading to the brakes but haven't checked it out. Was it possible that I damaged something serious or can I wrap it up with some electrical tape and call it a day after I move it.

Here is a pic I found online of the cable I'm talkin about (not my car) -

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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parking brake cable..?

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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parking brake cable..?

Sounds like a possibility. I felt metal where the rubber was worn away so that might be a metal tube for the cables to slide through?

Here's a different picture. It's the black cable at the top right that meats the control arm.

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:05 AM   #4
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Brandon James,

was the noise issue you were experiencing prior to the change a banging noise from the rear left?
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:52 AM   #5
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i had the same thing

boxster constant noise from brakes - YouTube

turned out to be the ebrake line was meeting the wheel weights the shop had put on the wheel instead of using the tack-on weights.

zip tied the e-brake line to the arm and the noise was gone. got the weights fixed. the heat and weather eventually caused the line to work free again. even though the weights were no longer there, it still made noise. re-tied and it's well again. now i carry some extras in my toolkit just in case.

there is a snap you can buy that holds the line to the arm rather than zip tied. i have them, have never put them on.

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