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Old 10-25-2009, 06:32 PM   #1
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popping in front end when I hit a bump

Whenever I hit bumps at low speed I can hear a popping in the front end of the car. I think I read on another thread that some one had a bad strut. Any ideas what it could be and anyone else having the same problem? Well I let my dealer drive my car and he heard and felt the same thing i did. He searched for and found a service bulletin for the upper strut mounts and he ordered some new ones. I am taking it in next week to get fixed. I hope they found a cure. I will update when I get it back

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Old 10-26-2009, 10:17 AM   #2
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Yes I have the same thing, I am going to take it back again and demand they fix the strut mounts, I live on a dirt road and it has done this since day 1, the first time I took it to them said could not duplicate the noise. I will be taking it back soon to be reapired.
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:01 AM   #3
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Whenever I hit bumps at low speed I can hear a popping in the front end of the car. I think I read on another thread that some one had a bad strut. Any ideas what it could be and anyone else having the same problem?
I remember reading that thread but can't find it using the search.
I too have a clunking sound (mostly from the pass.side front) when driving over small bumps in the road. (sounds like someone beating softly on a bass drum). It feels like the tie rod ends or idler arm is loose. I thought there was a thread about loose strut mounts but can't find it. Anyone know if there's a service bulletin to refer to? Or will the dealer tell me this is normal?
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:31 PM   #4
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thats exactly what mine sounds like. I am going to take mine in and see what they say.
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:33 PM   #5
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thats exactly what mine sounds like. I am going to take mine in and see what they say.
Please post here all the details of the service dept. visit.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:31 PM   #6
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Same problem here. My wife's 2SS has 500 miles, my 2SS has 167 miles. We live down a "patched" blacktop road. Both cars have done it since day 1.

I just figured that's the way they were built. I'd be interested to see what the fix is, or if there is one.
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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Anyone had any luck getting this fixed? Mine has done it since day 1 as well. i took it to the dealer when it had 200 miles on it and they drove another RS on the lot and said it did the same thing so it was "the nature of the beast". Well now I got 600 miles and it drives me absolutely nuts cuz it feels like something is wrong. I feel like I need to demand it be fixed before I put my Eibach kit on and they try to blame that.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:25 AM   #8
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I too feel like there's something just not right !!!
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:58 AM   #9
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I had a clattering noise on my LS since I got it. It happens on uneven pavement and small quick bumps. It sounds like the front end is going to rattle apart but only on uneven pavement and some pot holes. I love my Camaro but I can have a car that rattles down every bumpy road. I brought in to my dealer and they are now replacing the struts.
I wasn’t getting anywhere with the Service Manager so I called the sales manager. That is when things started to happen. I was stuck in a Nissan Altima for 4 days why the used some kind of recording device to record the sound and send it to GM. They said that the other 1SS Camaro they had on the lot is make the same noise, but both cars are within specs? I find it odd that they are replacing the struts anyway. I thought I was going to have to complain but they agreed to replace them right after they told me nothing was wrong.
The parts just came in yesterday and I plan on bring it in next week for the new struts. I will let you know if this fixes my issue.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:35 AM   #10
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I've had the same problem since day one also. If anyone finds out the fix please let the rest of us know. Being from Montana mine will be going into storage soon and would like this fixed before hand.

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Old 10-30-2009, 11:32 AM   #11
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Its ironic to see this happening to the 2010 Camaro. Ford had this problem on the 2004 Mustang, and they had to redesign the strut bearings to fix the problem. Owners reported it sounding like the front end was going to fall out, and it took Ford about a year come out with a replacement part.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:08 PM   #12
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Guys I hate to be the bearer of bad news and I hope Im wrong for you sake, but G8 GT's are built on zeta also. Mine has been sitting at the dealer for 5 weeks waiting on parts, seems I have massive front end issues after about 28000 miles. Both lower control arms are shot and various bushings, struts, etc.... They cant even give me at ETA on when the parts are even going to get here.....As soon as they get the car repaired It will be sold and I will list all parts that have to be replaced. Take a look on the G8 forums and look at the technical service bulletins out on the G8's. This is exactly how mine started with the clunking noise in the front end, and the service tech honestly told me that he had no idea how I made it back to the dealer without the LCA's breaking. I just hope this isnt the same issue.... good luck
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:01 AM   #13
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I just got my car back from the dealer. They didn't install the struts! For some reason they got two left struts? I didn't know the left was different the the right? But anyway I have to take my car back again when the right side strut comes in. I am so mad. They said they order the correct parts but GM shipped a left strut in a right strut box. I hope my car doesn't have the G8 issue above. That scares the hell out of me!
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:07 PM   #14
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Black LS,

Let us know what you find out. I had to put mine up for the winter.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:07 PM   #15
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I took my Camaro in for various things and one was a random clunking sound that I occasionally heard when I went over speed bumps in the parking garage at work. The sound was more likely to happen when I was going 10-15 mph and turning right while going over a speed bump and the passenger tire was the first to hit.

Anyhow, the tech that checked it out said it was caused by spring insulators (bushings?) not sitting properly (both driver/passenger). They reseated the insulators and lubed the contact points. Guess I'll find out in the morning when I get to work if this resolved the issue or not.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:49 PM   #16
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I took my Camaro in for various things and one was a random clunking sound that I occasionally heard when I went over speed bumps in the parking garage at work. The sound was more likely to happen when I was going 10-15 mph and turning right while going over a speed bump and the passenger tire was the first to hit.

Anyhow, the tech that checked it out said it was caused by spring insulators (bushings?) not sitting properly (both driver/passenger). They reseated the insulators and lubed the contact points. Guess I'll find out in the morning when I get to work if this resolved the issue or not.
I got the clunk on only certain bumps when making right turns. I told my dealer last time It was in too, they said they couldn't find anything. I barely even notice it anymore, either I got used to it or it went away.....
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:19 AM   #17
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I still heard a slight clunk this morning on the speed bump where it usually happens but it was no where near as loud as it used to be. If it gets loud again, I'll bring it back in to have it checked out again.

I actually expected them to tell me that they were unable to reproduce the problem but at least they were able to do something that seems to have made a difference.
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:47 PM   #18
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Jupiter Chevy still hasn't got the right side strut. Noise still there.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:23 PM   #19
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Front End "Pop"

My 2LT/RS was TIGHT in the front end for the first three weeks, then after driviing on a cobblestone streeet, i noticed a noise in both sides under the front that sounds like a bad strut.

Took it to two dealers. Both heard the noise and replaced the front strut mounts last Fri. under the service bulletin you mentikoned. NO CHANGE. They called Chev-Tech Services who suggested they drive one of the stock units. Shop foreman did that and heard the same noise in three cars.

Chevrolet said no further repairs since it was apparently inherent in all camaros. I went today and drovew another 2LT V6. Damned if it didn't have the same loose sound when i went over a bump or hit a small depression !!!!!!!

I amlooking for some one who has had this problem and got it resolved !

Please let me know!!!

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Old 11-20-2009, 06:35 PM   #20
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Front End "Pop"

I called Chevy Cust. Service today. They say the will call dealer and get back to me. However, since the other caqrs on the lot make the same noise, I am not hopeful that anything will come from it. This is the same sound my 1997 camaro made right before I replaced both front struts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Maybe we should ALL complain directly to Chevrolet Customer service at 1-800-222-1020 . Then there is a chance something will be done to fix this ANNOYING PROBLEM !!!
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:56 PM   #21
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Customer service won't have any authority to make anything happen. They're just a call center of people whose role is to make you feel better. Rarely can any customer service department make any real changes. What you might try doing is referring the dealer to the forum. Camaro5 has over 19,000 members, and that's a lot missing business if you know what I mean.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:08 PM   #22
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Thumbs down replaced upper mounts did not fix

Well they worked on my car. Replaced upper mounts like the bulletin said but it still pops really bad. I can not believe more people are not complaining about this. At slow speeds while going over small bumps in my driveway it sounds like the front end is falling apart. The service guy at my dealer drove it and he agrees it sounds really bad, but thinks new struts would do the same thing until they are redesigned. We will have to keep pushing for this or they will do nothing. I hate driving this great looking car that sounds like a piece of crap after 6000 miles. I do not think a 40000 car should sound worse than my dodge pickup. HaHa not laughing.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:53 AM   #23
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I had all my TSB's done just before I store my car for the winter, and commented to the service guy about the noise.... He told me that when I take it out next spring, that I should bring it back... Hopefully there's some type of resolution by then.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:48 PM   #24
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Drove another "NEW" RSCamaro on the lot... Had the same noise just pulling out onto the highway. Customer service, GM Technical assistance and the dealer all say it must be inherent in the vehicle and nothing can be done until GM recognizes it as a problem and comes up with a "fix" . That sucks!!!!!!!!!

Every owner with a front end "Strut-like" noise should take in their car and register strong complaints so we can get this thing corrected!

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Old 11-29-2009, 08:14 PM   #25
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I have the same clunking on both sides of front suspension, less than 400 miles on 2ss-rs auto . Clunking since new.
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