The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Second (W169) Generation was manufactured from 2004-2012. The compact car, available as either a three or five-door hatchback, was offered in three diesel and four gasoline motor types. Although this generation was highly celebrated for its anti-roll support, high strength steel, electronic stability control, and more, a few common issues, such as creaking rear noises, have been noted.
Many owners have reported that these undesirable sounds most frequently occur when the car passes over a speed bump. The noises seem to be present even at low speeds. The issue might be a rattling tailgate lock, but this is not the only possibility.
Some owners attempt to locate and stop these sounds on their own. Drivers have removed everything from carpeting to rubber mounts in order to apply PTFE spray. Others yet have gone so far as to remove the rear wheels of their W169 in order to investigate the suspension. The removal of panels and the application of felt between plastic and/or metal pieces have also been reported. Alternately, some drivers simply decide to ignore the issue and turn the radio up. This being said, unusual noises can be a sign of something more serious and should be investigated by an expert familiar with your make and model.
If you are seeking professional advice at an affordable rate, we recommend consulting an independent Mercedes-Benz service specialist. These nearby mechanics will already be familiar with the most likely causes of these creaking noises. They will have the proper tools and knowledge to get you safely back on the road enjoying your luxury vehicle the way Mercedes intended.
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