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    Great news! After a trip to van chevrolet, Home Depot, Meineke ("absolutely not, it wasn't us! Our mechanics are grade A! YOUR WRONG!"), and Checker, I was finally able to find the right bolts. Always the last place you look right?

    The guy at Checker told me to try M10 - 1.50 X 25mm and vuala, they fit perfectly. The dealership was a good option too, but they wanted to charge 10 bucks per bolt.

    Thanks a ton for your help everyone. Beware of bad mechanics!


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    Locktite them?

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    I didn't...I should?

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    That looks better! With lock washers on the bolts you are probably fine.

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    Rattle in the middle or rear

    I can't believe someone either left those loose or didn't tighten/torque them down. Shit like that annoys the living hell out of me.


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    I don't know how long that has been like that for, but it kills me to think about it. All that matters is that its fixed now and no damage has been done..at least I hope not. lol

    It's really a friendly reminder to be very cautious in wherever you take your car for repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerrillakilla13 View Post
    I don't know how long that has been like that for, but it kills me to think about it. All that matters is that its fixed now and no damage has been done..at least I hope not. lol

    It's really a friendly reminder to be very cautious in wherever you take your car for repairs.
    I can't agree with you anymore on this. I had missing bolts and parts from repairs. I always go back look at everything just to make sure. Since I lost my caliper bracket bolt while driving(it was my fault) I learned to re check everything no matter who it is. I tend to use blue Loctite on majority of my bolts.
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    Use some "Loctite" on the threads of whatever bolts you install, if your not planning to replace the stock loose parts, go for the "red" Loctite, they will never ever back out again.

    I have a very stiff riding Z28 (Sara), and used red Loctite on the SLP bolt on sub frame connectors, and have never had a problem with any bolts loosening. I have had them on for 12 years now.

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    Red is complete overkill. I actually have more anti-seize on my undercarriage bolts than Loc-tite and have never had an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerrillakilla13 View Post
    I don't know how long that has been like that for, but it kills me to think about it. All that matters is that its fixed now and no damage has been done..at least I hope not. lol

    It's really a friendly reminder to be very cautious in wherever you take your car for repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
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    Yes sir it is.

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    Unfreakinbeleivable, theres another rattle somewhere.. Sounds like its coming from the middle. Any common ideas before I go under again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    . I actually have more anti-seize on my undercarriage bolts than Loc-tite and have never had an issue.
    That's because you live in the rust belt Jeff I actually use antiseize on everything myself, since I grew up out there I know how much of a pain it can be to remove things later.

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    I just consider it preventative maintenance as I glop it on things before reassembly.

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    Check your transmission mount, heat shield, torque arm, exhaust clamps and exhaust system.

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    Good suggestions by Rich. I would bet on heat shield if it has never been removed before and the sound is coming from the middle of the car in-between the two seats or around that area.

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    Hey guys, it was a metal bar thing in the middle under the mid pipes that was causing the rattle. Put two washers in between the 4 metal piece bolts and the car to lower it and the rattle stopped, so finally I can drive rattle-less now I can clearly hear how freakin loud the road noise is on the inside of the car.. Haha

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    Oh yeah, its smoother. I can't believe I didnt notice it when the bolts were removed. The outside is still pretty loud at high speeds but nothing I can do about that.

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