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Old 06-17-2011, 09:51 AM   #409
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Dealer called late yesterday afternoon (Thursday) to say that after changing the left upper strut mount the sound is still there. They talked to the engineers at GM who advised them to change the left front strut. The strut should arrive today (Friday) and be installed by close of business.

The good news is they didn't try and pass it off as fixed when it wasn't. The scary news is that they might not have a fix. If that is the case then I'll have to get another car.

I don't care how much I love the new Camaro; I cannot drive a car that sounds like a piece of junk every time I hit a bump on the road. I wouldn't accept it from a $4,000 car and I certainly won't accept it from a $40,000 car.
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:03 PM   #410
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Changing the strut did not correct the problem, however, the tech did identify what he thinks is the issue; the STEERING RACK. A new steering rack has been ordered and the Camaro is available for pickup and use while waiting for the part.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TECHNICIANS:
According to the service manager, the sound is not reproducible when the suspension is not under load. This could explain why it is so hard to diagnose on the lift.

I will update this blog when the part arrives.
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:09 PM   #411
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I am having the same sound. Why does he think its the steering rack?
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:46 PM   #412
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I am having the same sound. Why does he think its the steering rack?
I cant say for sure, but for me the sounds only happen when the wheel is turned (making a right or left hand turn). I can go over the same bumps without turning and no unusual sounds. Perhaps something can move in the steering rack when the wheel is turned?
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:57 PM   #413
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Mine clunks when I back down the driveway turning the wheel to the right. I feel and hear it in the floor.
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #414
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FTLBS, I hope this is the last part your vehicle needs to resolve this noise for you. Let us know how it goes for you. Thank you!

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Old 06-22-2011, 03:15 PM   #415
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I cant say for sure, but for me the sounds only happen when the wheel is turned (making a right or left hand turn). I can go over the same bumps without turning and no unusual sounds. Perhaps something can move in the steering rack when the wheel is turned?

I had the same noise, worse after I installed the Eibach Pro-Kit. I tried everything too fix it and couldn't quite put my finger on the noise. I tightened the top of the strut cap with an impact gun and then re-installed the strut in the car. Then I put the top strut cap on and tightened the top nut with an impact gun. After that, I checked and re-torqued all suspension/steering components including the new sway bars/end links. Put the car back on the ground and drove on the bumpiest road I could find......end result noise GONE. That was well over 3000 miles ago and still no problem. A lot of guys and technicians will tell you not to tighten strut mount with impact when in fact I still believe the clunking noise is from the strut not being secured inside the strut tower and the clunking noise is the strut hitting the strut mount on the underside. It worked for me maybe you will get lucky as well, just a thought.....
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:24 AM   #416
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The new steering rack has arrived. I have an Appointment for Monday 6/27 to have it installed.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:47 AM   #417
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Still thumping away. Getting kind of loud. Annoying as all hell. If i were a new buyer and were test driving the Camaro comparing it to other cars of it's caliber and was not biased towards either car, I probably wouldn't buy the Camaro after hearing the noise. That's just a deal breaker for me to hear your car CLUNKING before even buying it. Scary...to think about how many sales GM has actually lost due to the embarrassing clunking sounds the strut makes...
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:18 PM   #418
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Spoke with a Service writer at local chevy dealer, the have a tsb out for this as of june 2 2011, says to inspect and tell customer it's normal.

sucks..
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:17 PM   #419
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everyone needs to file a complaint! lets get something happening!
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:56 AM   #420
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I have Pedders front struts and I still have the noise
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:36 PM   #421
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Yeah, I had already filed too....
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:39 PM   #422
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Please let us know wha happens!!!!!

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:33 PM   #423
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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.

i had the same issue. Dealership said my endlinks were loose, so all they did was tighten them and the sound went away.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:38 PM   #424
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Mine is getting worse and worse...

I think I need to put it up on the jack stands and fiddle with it.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:49 AM   #425
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Sometimes Ill go over a minor bump and I feel a huge THUD like I hit a giant pothole when in fact its not a big bump at all. Happens if the steering wheel is turned more often than not.

The only way I can relate it is on my old car...which was lowered with springs two inches....
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