I haven't hit anything or done any strange off-roading, but my car has started making a very strange rattle from the back left when at low revs. It has the sound of a loose heat shield type of rattle, but I can't think of anything in that space that would do that.

  • loose tools or a tyre iron can do that...
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 14, 2018 at 15:58
  • Heh. Yeah, I checked that :-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Apr 14, 2018 at 16:03
  • It’s a good idea before grovelling under the car !!
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 14, 2018 at 16:40

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It turns out the 06 WRX has its headlight self-leveller sensor at the left rear. Here's a picture of a Subaru Forester sensor and caliper (from the uksubaruownersclub.com site) - very similar setup. As the suspension moves, the caliper is pushed up or down, and the sensor reads the setting - which is translated to movement at the headlights so when you have a heavy load the headlights don't dazzle oncoming drivers.

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But the calipers are rather more delicate than you might imagine, and mine has snapped. Not too unexpected for a 12 year old car.

The good thing is, I don't need to replace it, as I can adjust the headlights myself if I do have to carry a heavy load in the car.

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