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Sound from rear

When coming to a stop, there is a sound from the rear of the car that is inside the body that sounds like something is slidding. I was told this is the car performing a systems check. This does not make sense to me. Has anyone else had this issue?

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I have that same noise coming from my 2001 vw beetle. I thought there was something sliding around in the trunk, but no.Then I thought that maybe it was a bad rear brake, but no. However, when I brought it in for the brake check, they said that it was the spoiler and that the motor was probably going. It is a disturbing noise as you think something is terribly wrong and it feels like the whole back end is going to rattle off.

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This is more than likely the rear spoiler. When exceeding 45 mph, the spoiler will deploy but is hard to hear due to the sound of the engine, when decelerating back to 10 mph (or less), the spoiler will return to its stored position. This sounds exactly like the experience you described, so I am guessing that this is the culprit.
There are a few ways to confirm:
1: Seated in the driver's seat, reach beneath the dashboard console, searching for a button/switch. This will be located at the bottom of the console (roughly, right above where your left shin/knee would be positioned when driving). If you find a switch, push it and see if it deploys the Spoiler. You will need to have the key and turned so that electricals may function.
2: Look above your rear window. You will likely see a black piece of plastic above it which would be the spoiler. Look at the gap between it and the window.. ...looking about 1 fit in from the side of the Spoiler, you will likely see the metal hinge that the moves the Spoiler up.
3: This is the most fun solution: drive the car over 45 with a friend driving behind you. Just to be safe, take it up to 50 or 60 and have them watch to see if it deploys. You will not be able to see it from within the beetle unless you lower the back seat and have somebody crawl all the way into the back (which would be terribly unsafe and uncomfortable).

Let us know if this is indeed the issue and have fun with your bug!

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