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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Front end clunking and rear end rattle

Hey guys - I am completely new to this forum and also a new Chevy Equinox owner. Purchased a used 2014 LT 4 cyl back in November. I am having an issue with it and the dealer cant even seem to find the problem. However I have several issues but here is what I got.

1.The front passenger side makes a creaking and clunking noise when driving over uneven/bumpy roads (I live in the city). They don't know whats causing it (I am actually waiting on a GM engineer to come look at the car.)
2.There rear Driver's wheel makes a knocking sound and feels like has some looseness when hitting bumps. They replaced Sway Bar links on both sides. Still not fixed.
3. In warmer weather and/or after driving for a bit. when braking I get a consistent clunk as the car slows. They replaced rotors and hubs, still not fixed.

I am not a mechanic by no means, and I am reaching out for help and any input. At first I wanted to blame the car, but I know enough people with 2012 & up 'Nox's without my issues. I am a firm believer that the mechanics just do not know how to fix it but I am in a spot where they are responsible. My question to anyone is, Does anyone have any idea what can be causing any of these issues? Any input would help, as I have been dealing with this since November and been in about 8 rental cars since. Just ant to end it.
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Re: Front end clunking and rear end rattle

Your issues are not what I normally see here. My first question will be in regards to the history of this vehicle. Has it been involved in an accident before you purchased it? Is this vehicle a front wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle? I am guessing AWD from the issues.

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Hey guys - I am completely new to this forum and also a new Chevy Equinox owner. Purchased a used 2014 LT 4 cyl back in November. I am having an issue with it and the dealer cant even seem to find the problem. However I have several issues but here is what I got.

1.The front passenger side makes a creaking and clunking noise when driving over uneven/bumpy roads (I live in the city). They don't know whats causing it (I am actually waiting on a GM engineer to come look at the car.)
2.There rear Driver's wheel makes a knocking sound and feels like has some looseness when hitting bumps. They replaced Sway Bar links on both sides. Still not fixed.


I am not a mechanic by no means, and I am reaching out for help and any input. At first I wanted to blame the car, but I know enough people with 2012 & up 'Nox's without my issues. I am a firm believer that the mechanics just do not know how to fix it but I am in a spot where they are responsible. My question to anyone is, Does anyone have any idea what can be causing any of these issues? Any input would help, as I have been dealing with this since November and been in about 8 rental cars since. Just ant to end it.


For the "creaking and clunking" in the front end, try locating the rubber front sway bar BUSHINGS points and spraying them with a silicone lubricant. They may be difficult to see and get at. You maybe have to crank the wheels all the way to one side and then the other to see this or even jack the vehicle up. I've had sway bar links replaced and the noise would come back because the rubber bushings where the sway bar mounts on the frame member were dried and/or rusty. The other thing that usually causes this is sway bars links or control arm bushings.

With the vehicle not running in a flat surface, try leaning on each fender and bouncing it up and down to determine if the "creak" is on one particular side. Then, inspect or spray that side with silicone lube. You can even spray the sway bars link ends as well and if the creaks goes away, then you know what it is. But it will only be gone temporarily so they must be replaced. . . the same goes for the control arm bushings.

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Thanks for your input so far guys. and to reply to chevy05, No accidents or any major work showing up on carfax. 1 owner with only normal day to day services performed on vehicle is what shows up, does not necessarily mean its true, but that's what shows on carfax, and it is FWD.
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Hey guys - I am completely new to this forum and also a new Chevy Equinox owner. Purchased a used 2014 LT 4 cyl back in November. I am having an issue with it and the dealer cant even seem to find the problem. However I have several issues but here is what I got.

1.The front passenger side makes a creaking and clunking noise when driving over uneven/bumpy roads (I live in the city). They don't know whats causing it (I am actually waiting on a GM engineer to come look at the car.)
2.There rear Driver's wheel makes a knocking sound and feels like has some looseness when hitting bumps. They replaced Sway Bar links on both sides. Still not fixed.
3. In warmer weather and/or after driving for a bit. when braking I get a consistent clunk as the car slows. They replaced rotors and hubs, still not fixed.

I am not a mechanic by no means, and I am reaching out for help and any input. At first I wanted to blame the car, but I know enough people with 2012 & up 'Nox's without my issues. I am a firm believer that the mechanics just do not know how to fix it but I am in a spot where they are responsible. My question to anyone is, Does anyone have any idea what can be causing any of these issues? Any input would help, as I have been dealing with this since November and been in about 8 rental cars since. Just ant to end it.
The fact that they are bringing in a GM engineer is awesome!
Looks like they already covered the possible causes I would have considered, swaybars, links, and hubs.
PLEASE update us if the engineer finds something.
It will help others in the future who may do a search on this.

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My bet is it was in an accident. If they pay cash for the repair and do not go through the insurance, it may not show up on carfax. Talk to a body shop about checking it out for evidence of a repair and/or to fix the problem.

You may want to check with these other services to see if any accidents show up there. If they do, start a claim against carfax and the selling dealer.

http://www.techlivewire.com/how-reliable-is-carfax/





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Re: Front end clunking and rear end rattle

this is not for the Equinox...



But something to possibly look for--



Under Body Noise on Uneven Road Surface

2008-2012 Malibu models may experience a noise heard from under the front of the body or suspension area. The pop, snap, creak or clunk noise may be present on braking, turning or driving on an uneven road surface.

The noise may be caused by the front cradle body mount bolt washers or cradle making contact with the frame rail.

Inspect the washer-to-cradle clearance and the cradle-to-frame rail flange clearance. Inspect for any witness marks. (Fig. 4, 5)





FIGS 4, 5



The body bolt mount washers and rail flange should have 5 mm clearance. (Fig. 6) Loosen all cradle mount bolts, center the cradles as needed, and torque to specification. Then perform a 4-wheel alignment.


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