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Passat front screeching noise when rolling in gear

I have a 2001 manual Passat with 100k miles on it. When I have it in gear (any gear) and keep my foot off of the gas and just let the car roll, it makes a loud screeching sound, like metal rattling, in the front of the car.it started on just the passenger side front and has now moved to the drivers side as well. It is especially bad when it is 2nd or 3rd gear rolling down a steeper hill, when the motor has to break/slow down the car. If i shift it into neutral while going down a hill there is no noise. What is wrong with it? about how much will it cost to get fixed? Thanks for any help you can give.

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The loud screeching sound is made on purpose!

The front brake pads have a metal "screecher" that rubs against the brake rotor (harmlessly) and makes a screeching noise to warn you that the brake pads are worn to below specification.

Replace the front brake pads with "SEMI-METAL" pads because you mention "hills". Semi-metal brake pads have the best wear life and they remain "cool". Hot brakes don't grip. Replace them soon so you don't have to replace the rotors, too.
Check the rear brakes, too. The rear brakes don't have sensors.

Hope this helps!


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Check your fan belts and see if they need tightening and check your motor mounts.

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Check for broken engine mounting rubbers - shake engine very hard backwards and forwards to see; could be part of the exposed drivetrain (driveshafts and flexible joints) is hitting the chassis or bodywork underneath. Check along the driveshafts for rub marks etc, and for rubs etc on bodywork and chassis.
Unfortunately, though, it also sounds like gearbox or differential internal breakage; both are inside the gearbox housing. It's not likely to be cheap.

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If it only does this while in gear i am guessing either the gearbox is low or run out of gear oil ...could be a few many things such as wheel bearings /inner outer tie rods upper lower control arms ..axles ? hmm i would suggest Midas does quite a bit of diagnostics fro free ask around or call around and explain this to a local garage they will most likely ask to take it for a brief ride to 2nd guess it but may charge a small fee to actually put it in the air and ck the wheels etc .as well as visually inspect it that is my best advice to you

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Most likely your pivot pin in you clutch is worn out along with your push out bearing

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