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Old 08-21-2009, 09:10 AM   #1
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CLUNKING NOISE IN FRONT END

I have noitced a slight clunking noise that sounds like it is coming from the front suspension when going over bumps in the pavement. I only have 500 miles on, but it seems to be gradually getting more noticable. Anyone else experiancing this ? Would appreciate your input.

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Old 08-22-2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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Take it in for an inspection. A nut or sway bar could be loose in the front end.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:41 AM   #3
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It's happen alot with the G8's .
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:44 AM   #4
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It's happen alot with the G8's .
Was there a problem with the G8's? or is the clunking "normal'?
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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Yes, the same thing happened with mine about 800 miles,just took it to the dealer this past friday and of course they said they could find nothing wrong with it even though I went on a test drive with the technician and brought the noise to his attention they said all was ok but documented it and said if it continues bring it back. a waste of 2 1/2
hours of my time and the noise is still there, it doesn't do it all the time only only when going over ruff road not over speed bumps.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:48 AM   #6
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Was there a problem with the G8's? or is the clunking "normal'?
Yes there was a problem with the G8's and both " Chevrolet Lumina and caprice in ME" and the dealer claim that the tires and the shocks are the biggest reason
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:42 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input, I guess I'll have to take it in and waste 2 1/2 hours of my time also. If I find anything out I will let you know.

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Old 08-26-2009, 12:19 PM   #8
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The more I hear the noise it sounds as if the struts are "bottoming" out (if thats a word)
but they claim they checked that also and all was good. Let us know what you find out and maybe I'll go for round two, I found out on another thread today about possible reasons for steering wheel vibration I developed so I can go back to dealer and start again!
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:25 PM   #9
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Tire rod? My Dodge Charger RT developed a loud clunk in the front when ever I hit a bump or turned the wheel. The tire rod was bad. Car only had 12,000 miles on it. turns out its a big problem with Dodge Chargers.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:34 PM   #10
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When you go in have them check the front swaybar bushings. Put it up on the alignment rack, take the weight off of the wheels, and jerk on the swaybar. If there is any contact between the bar and the frame you get a hard metal clunk.You don't always get the noise going over bumps. This is sometimes hard to find because the bushings still appear to be fine . But the clamp may have loosened enough so that a bushing could have slipped a hair and this all it can take to allow contact. If you remove the bar and take a ride and the noise goes away then you start the process of elimination from there.

This may seem long-winded but it can drive you nuts d*#@ing around trying to find these things.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:03 PM   #11
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I have a similar issue... when parking or going over bumps and turning left or right. A very loud knocking noise, which has been getting louder since I took delivery 6/27. I took it to my BMW mech (I work there) told me it was the strut mounts.. took it to Chevy and yup! he was right...they are replacing both strut months (left and right). I didn't let them keep it over night, they are calling me when the parts are in. I can't sleep a wink with out it!
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:42 PM   #12
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I have a 2010 Camaro ss2 and I am having the same issues with clunking noises in the front end. My dealer keep telling me that this is just the way it is with the Camaros and that there is no fix for it. Any advice? I feel like I am driving a 10 year old car.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:00 PM   #13
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mine just started doing the same thing about 2 weeks ago... my issue is I have the Eibach Pro kit ( springs & swaybars) so I was thinking something maybe loose.

Last weekend I got under the car and inspected all the nuts/bolts and didnt see anything loose or where it happened to be making contact with the frams.

I did discover while the car was up on jacks if I grab the tire and tried to turn it by hand. There seems to be some slack in the steering assebly and if I did it pretty hard it would make a bit of clucking noise. I wonder if this is what it could be?

Wonder if my warranty would be void cause I changed the springs/swaybars?
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:22 PM   #14
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I have a 2010 Camaro ss2 and I am having the same issues with clunking noises in the front end. My dealer keep telling me that this is just the way it is with the Camaros and that there is no fix for it. Any advice? I feel like I am driving a 10 year old car.
GM is still claiming this sound is normal for the Camaros...there is an ongoing thread here: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49036
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:57 AM   #15
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Yep, just took mine in and I read a statement from GM about it. They are telling the dealers to just make sure everything is tightened and explain to people that this sound is normal and is due to suspension setup
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:08 AM   #16
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Lots of members on here had this issue, they took it in and they replaced the strut mounts on lots of them.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:44 AM   #17
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The dealer pretty much blew me off. They test drove the car, heard and acknowledged the issue and basically said that all of the Camaro's make that noise. So I opened a case with GM/Chevy, and basically they blew me off too. They said that you basically have to deal with the sound and because this sound does not effect the drivability of the car, they refuse to do anything. I will quote the person Erik from Customer Care - this is our final decision, we are not required to make any repairs to your car. To top that off, Erik is from Argentina and can't even direct me to someone in the US, nevermind NJ. He also said there is no escalation point after there group. This is very frustrating spending 40K on a car and it sounds like it is 10 years old. I refuse to give up on this. If anyone has any ideas on who I can contact let me know.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:35 PM   #18
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I understand where you're coming from. I've had problems with cars in the past that were never solved by the dealer even after following their complaint resolution procedures. The only solution was to trade them in on something else, or just live with it until it was time to trade. It would be nice if someone from GM would at least say what/where the noise is coming from, since I believe they know, but can't or won't make the design changes to correct it in the current platform. The issue I have is that all Camaros don't make the noise. The one I rented for a weekend was quieter than my Honda. I also haven't seen anyone post that upgraded suspension parts from an aftermarket manufacturer corrected the noise.

Should you decide the grass is greener, the competition has potential issues too. The 2011 5.0 Mustang has an engine ticking noise issue that may appear either when new, or after the first oil change. One poll showed it affecting about 30%. Ford is supposedly looking for a solution, but until then they add a Carbon-based additive in the oil saying it will take care of the problem. If the additive works the noise comes back when the oil is changed. Ford is likely adding the additive in the assembly process. The 6.1 SRT Challengers have a reported problem of stalling when slowing down and making a turn. People have reported the car dying and rolling out into traffic, and at least 2 members on a forum I visit have traded the car off for obvious safety reasons. This has been going on for years with the hemi engine, and Chrysler has fixed the problem yet. You can't lemon law the car because the problem is extremely hard to duplicate.

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