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      11-17-2015, 10:43 AM   #1
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Weird clicking tire noise

I've been hearing this wierd clicking ( rotational ) sound from front left tire for a while now . Thought it was the loose heat shield rattling but that doesn't seem like it . Anyone know what it could be ? Also swapped from summers to winters and the sound is still there .

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      11-17-2015, 10:46 AM   #2
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Have u lifted the car and put it in neutral and tried spinning the rotor?
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      11-17-2015, 11:46 AM   #3
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Does the clicking frequency increase with speed?

Look at the inside of your rims and under the car to see if there is any fluid splatter on them. It could be a CV joint if nothing is hitting or touching anything. Also check the break shield to see if it is bent. That could be hitting a tie rod or some other component.

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      11-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #4
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No the clicking noise doesn't increase with speed. I feel I cant notice it when driving on the highway. When I got my oil change done , I got the mechanic to check the heat shield and he said that seems okay. I will check again this weekend myself
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      11-17-2015, 04:50 PM   #5
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I also feel that it goes away when I apply the brakes. How do I know if a heat shield is bent or damaged? How can I fix that?
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      11-18-2015, 12:00 AM   #6
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I also feel that it goes away when I apply the brakes. How do I know if a heat shield is bent or damaged? How can I fix that?
I had this issue it was a clicking / slapping against the road kinda noise, it was a stone in your tread , check the tire for a stone/ object stuck in there. IF thats there are no stones, then not sure what it may be.
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      11-18-2015, 10:28 AM   #7
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Endlink maybe? Its odd that you wouldn't notice it when the suspension loaded if it was something with the wheel or tire. its hard to guess without seeing in person
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I took a video of it.... how do i post it here?
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Might have to upload to youtube first....im not sure
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https://youtu.be/wtgBTIxinoE

Guys here is the video of the sound.... pls help! not sure what this sound is.
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https://youtu.be/wtgBTIxinoE

Guys here is the video of the sound.... pls help! not sure what this sound is.
Your video is set to private. Go into edit and make it public. Youtube sets uploaded videos to private by default.
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It should be good now. Thanks for letting me know!
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Def not suspension related......might have a front drive shaft going. CV joint like mentioned before. Reason it might go away under braking is the angle of the shaft would change when the front end would go down taking some of the pressure off the joint. it seems like when you get the clicking is off the gas and coasting/slowing down? there might just be play in the joint, still means its going, and when the shaft isnt loaded at all it is just wiggling around and making the noise
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If it is not road speed related it is not a tire, CV joint, axle, or wheel bearing. I can't hear anything on that video.
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I think I heard it in the video. Sounds like clunking or knocking? Does it do it only when you accelerate? We need more info. If it does it when you accelerate only, then it might be a motor or tranny mount is loose, but most likely it is something else. Do you hear it when you hit bumps?
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Seemed like when he stopped accelerating is when I heard it. Maybe just due to lower engine noise. Really could be a ton of things. Hard to say without being there in person and even then it might be tough
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I cant tell from the video but does it sounds like this?
go to about 0:20. Thats what a cvjoint/axle will sound like.
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No it doesnt make a noise like the one in the video.... Sound is not that loud. There isnt any sound when turning . I would say it only happens ( or I can notice it) when I am driving at a constant speed.
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Its a bit hard to hear it in the video.... focus on 0:10-20 sec and you can kinda hear it . I googled it and another person had a similar sound and he had a loose heat shield.. i got it checked and my mechanic tightened the heat shield but the sound is still there .
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