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I am hearing a clunking sound coming from the front suspension when braking and on acceleration from a stop. Has anyone heard this type of noise and diagnosed it? I have been noticing it for about a week now. I scheduled an appt with the stealer but that's not until next week. Thanks in advance.
 

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The 2010 and below models had an issue with clunking front suspension IIRC that was easily addressed by taking the end link nuts off and turning them around and torquing them back down. It may have been an issue for some of the 2011+ models too,...I am not sure on that one though, so don’t go quoting me!!

What year is yours?
 

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Not likely to be the same issue, as I’m guessing they resolved whatever was causing that original clunking with one of the refreshes between the old ones and yours.

A clunking when accelerating from a stop and braking is an odd one, I’m assuming there has been no suspension work on the car (e.g. lowering springs) that could be blamed, right?

Your best bet is to make sure it is repeatable, and you are better off if you know how to recreate it for the techs that are supposed to work on it. If they cannot find it with a cursory examination, they’ll take it for a quick spin to see if it does it, and if not they will want to give it back and say “couldn’t recreate the problem; no work performed.”

But if you can explain how to make it do it or can do it yourself in command, they’ll have to dig in and find the problem and fix it.
 

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When I drive it, the sound is persistent. I just have a feeling that when I do take it in, the noise will disappear and on my way home I will hear and feel it again.
 

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Hi forum,
I am hearing a clunking sound coming from the front suspension when braking and on acceleration from a stop. Has anyone heard this type of noise and diagnosed it? I have been noticing it for about a week now. I scheduled an appt with the stealer but that's not until next week. Thanks in advance.
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The 2010 and below models had an issue with clunking front suspension IIRC that was easily addressed by taking the end link nuts off and turning them around and torquing them back down. It may have been an issue for some of the 2011+ models too,...I am not sure on that one though, so don’t go quoting me!!
Okay, I quoted you. Now what? >:)
 

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Well, finally found the issue. The tech removed the front tires and both calipers were loose. He tightened the calipers, remounted the wheels, took it for a spin, and no clunking. Of course you know what happens next, on the way home, same clunking sounds. This time it seems to be louder. It's been narrowed down, now what?? Back to the stealer.
 

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Okay, I quoted you. Now what? >:)
*sigh*

You just had to be contrary didn’t you...well, now you’re on THEIR sh*t list, so i hope it was worth it.

I don’t actually know who THEY are, except that they are real, and they are definitely out to get me...and now they will be after you too...good luck!

Don’t frequent the same places in and around town is the best advice I can offer. Hopefully you will heed my suggestion this time!
 

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Well, finally found the issue. The tech removed the front tires and both calipers were loose. He tightened the calipers, remounted the wheels, took it for a spin, and no clunking. Of course you know what happens next, on the way home, same clunking sounds. This time it seems to be louder. It's been narrowed down, now what?? Back to the stealer.
So the caliper bolts came loose that quickly? Something definitely off-nominal there. Hopefully some new hardware resolves it, but hard to imagine how it got that worm out so quickly...interested to see what they say when you take it back.
 

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Might want to check if the wife took out an insurance policy out on you recently...also look for cut marks on the brake lines as well. :wink3::grin2:
 

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*sigh*

You just had to be contrary didn’t you...well, now you’re on THEIR sh*t list, so i hope it was worth it.

I don’t actually know who THEY are, except that they are real, and they are definitely out to get me...and now they will be after you too...good luck!

Don’t frequent the same places in and around town is the best advice I can offer. Hopefully you will heed my suggestion this time!
Of course I did. Where else can one actually learn things and make the "list" at the same time. About the only place I "frequent" besides my secret associations is the dealership, and now that my Shaker is finally repaired (explained in another forum here) I should be done with them... for now. :woowoo:

BTW, I actually know who "they" are, but if I told you, well you know... :D
 

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These jokers are trying to tell me that the transmission is downshifting and up shifting and that's what is causing the noise. Basically they are telling me to drive it until it gets worse, it will still be covered under warranty. What an asinine statement. If that was the case, I would have heard that from the onset. Driving it like this sounds dangerous because I am not used to hearing clunking from a front end with good bushings.
 

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These jokers are trying to tell me that the transmission is downshifting and up shifting and that's what is causing the noise. Basically they are telling me to drive it until it gets worse, it will still be covered under warranty. What an asinine statement. If that was the case, I would have heard that from the onset. Driving it like this sounds dangerous because I am not used to hearing clunking from a front end with good bushings.
Anyway you could make a recording of it and post up to listen to?


If you have an old phone you don’t use anymore, duct tape it to the upper control arm or something and go for a drive. If you can get the sound captured on audio that would help a bunch toward identifying or ruling out possible causes.
 

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I tried that yesterday, but it is not really audible. Unfortunately, I have no old phone, but that is great idea, I'll ask around. Thanks.
 

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Off topic, but when I took my car in they found codes that were in reference to the headlights. I installed aftermarket HID's and the following codes are now showing up: B162E15 & B16A15 = Right and left beam control circuit short to battery or open. Is this normal for aftermarket lights? Thanks.
 

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I tried that yesterday, but it is not really audible. Unfortunately, I have no old phone, but that is great idea, I'll ask around. Thanks.
No old phones? That's an alien concept for me...I've got so many that I struggle to find uses for all of them (hate to throw away otherwise perfectly good electronics). So far I'm using an old Blackberry as the radio receiver in the garage, an old Windows phone as the radio receiver in the home office, and an old Motorola 2G phone as the go-to duct-tape-to-car-part video/audio recorder. That puts all my old phone to use at the moment, but if I switch phones for a new one more time, I won't have anything for the next old one to do.

Perhaps you could tap a vertically challenged friend, aka a Little Person, to help you in identifying the thunk. Though they may not like being duct taped to suspension parts in your car while you drive around. If so, just make sure one one of the wraps of tape goes around their mouths when you're mounting them >:)

Off topic, but when I took my car in they found codes that were in reference to the headlights. I installed aftermarket HID's and the following codes are now showing up: B162E15 & B16A15 = Right and left beam control circuit short to battery or open. Is this normal for aftermarket lights? Thanks.
I couldn't say. I've never had any experience with aftermarket headlights. Create a thread in the lighting section asking about it. I bet you'll find somebody whose run into this and can answer some questions.
 
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Off topic, but when I took my car in they found codes that were in reference to the headlights. I installed aftermarket HID's and the following codes are now showing up: B162E15 & B16A15 = Right and left beam control circuit short to battery or open. Is this normal for aftermarket lights? Thanks.
Perhaps triggered during installation? Did they clear them? See if they come back. Any actual headlight issues?

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No headlight issues, no dash lights. I was unaware of any issues until they ran the codes trying to see if the transmission is causing the clunking sounds.
 
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