Knocking/ grating noise/vibration from front end. Not engine problem.

2011 Seat Ibiza Problem
The Problem
Avatar mynextcar Electric
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I'm getting an intermittent knocking or grating noise. I know its not the engine because its most evident when I freewheel the car with engine off (in neutral). Frequency of grate or knock related to speed, low speed = low freq. and higher speeds = higher freq.

I've tried to replicate noise with car jacked up on axle stands but then I dont get any noise/vibration. As far as I can see its not the brake disc or wheel bearing which both seem ok. My feeling is something loose or rattling around inside the gearbox casing where driveshafts connect to clutch plate?? I'd like to get a better diagnosis of fault before I get quote for repair.
I do worry I'm going to do further damage by continuing to drive, but sofar the car drives OK apart from the intermittent noise which occurs mostly at low speeds, although I did get some loud knocking while at 70mph on motorway commute, but this was a week ago and hasn't happened since.

Car Seat Ibiza
Variant 1.2 tdi ecomotive copa V
Model Year 2011
Category Leaks & Noises
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Avatar whittingehame
Joined: 9 years ago | Fixes: 12,067 | Profile

" I've tried to replicate noise with car jacked up on axle stands "
You are unlikely to replicate the noise as there is no load exerted when in that position . I believe your car MAY have a DMF ( dual mass flywheel ) If so , that is a common fault and symptoms of a failing DMF are usually the same as you describe ..


" driveshafts connect to clutch plate " They dont ..

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