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#1 Old 02-14-2007, 08:19 PM
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Front end Noise

I have been having difficulties with the Maxima's front end for some time. When going over sharp bumps There are some fairly significant metalic "clicks" coming from the suspension on both sides. They have been getting worse over time. Initially I only heard them at low speeds going over speed bumps. Now the noise can be heard even over road noise at 40 to 50 mph.

I first took it to the dealer at 60K miles. The dealer replaced the struts. With new struts, no change. The noise settled down for a few days then returned. The dealer said it must have been a bad run of struts. They replaced them again. The noise went away again for a few days then returned louder then ever. I also get a moaning and creaking noise at low speeds when turning either left or right. I swear at times I can hear a squeaking noise as well.

I'm going back to the dealer for the fourth time with this problem. I sure would appreciate anyone's suggestions of where to look for the problem.
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Bearings or CV Joints maybe? Did the service tech drive the car with you?
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Bearings were replaced on one side. Yes he did and he heard the noise.

The noise seems to come from high up in the tower.

It's going back in the shop tomorrow. I'll see what they do this time.
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I'm thinking CV joints as well. Here's how you can tell for sure.

Find an empty parking lot. Throw it in reverse, cut the wheel all the way to the right or left and see if the clicking gets worse. If it does, then it's the CV Joints. This puts the most stress on the Joints.

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I'll try it out when I get the car back and if they haven't solved the problem. I'll let evryone know what they find if it ever happens to you.

Thanks for the advice.
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Well, the dealer replaced the struts for th third time! Seems there is nothing else wrong. While I can't be sure of how it will work out in the long run, this time the front end is quiet and has been for 4 days and 600 miles later.

The dealer claims there are major problems with Nissan replacement struts. If the noise comes back again, I'll ask for premium 3rd party struts.
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Thumbs up

Two weeks now and problem has not returned. Amazing it took them three tries to make it work. I'm just glad it's gone.
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same issue

Hi,

I have a 2000 Altima. I seem to be having the same issues that you are describing.

1. As I accelerate or decelrate I hear these wierd scratching or squeaking noises coming from somewhere arnd the 4 wheels.
2. I also get some kind of metal clicking noise when I go over some bumps.

I had my CV boots replaced in Sears Auto a few months back. I am not sure if the above reasons r due to the struts. Any tips to get a good diagnosis.

Thanks.
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I'm not sure I can tell you much about how to diagnose the problem. That's because I incorrectly thought the problem was with some other part of the suspension. After the third time I was sure I was right, too. Turns out I wasn't. Go figure....

All I can tell you is what my symptoms were.
- On slow speed turns, my suspension would creak, groan and squeak.
- Initially, at low speeds (5 to 10 mph) and when hitting a bump such as a speed bump, I could hear a fairly loud metallic "click" as the strut was compressed.
- later as time went by the noises (all of them) got louder and louder till I could hear the "click" at most speeds whenever I hit a sharp bump.
- the sound convinced me that the front end was going to drop out sometime (didn't of course nor would it have).

All I can say is take it to a dealer, tell him about the noise and ask him to check the struts. Be prepared, though, if you don't have an extended service plan, it wont be cheap.

Sorry, that's the best I can do.
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