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Date Registered: 05-2012
Location: Dirranbandi, QLD
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Forward Clunking Noise - FIXED


Hi all,

I initially posted in another thread but decided to start a new post for people searching the forum experiencing difficulties.

I picked up my new TS Xtrail mid April and had the 1k service done last week. Sunday I set off on a road trip and shortly after I began hearing a clunking/knocking/rattle noise coming from the forward section of the vehicle, generally at lower speeds 40-50km/h, especially when backing off the accelerator and coasting. wasn't too loud or regular to begin with but still noticeable. My first impression was that something was loose. I checked the forum and found posts of similar sounding problems that turned out to be loose drive shaft nuts or problems with the axle spline.

By the time i got to Dubbo (6 hrs into my trip) the noise was getting more noticable and happening more often. I took it around to Western Plains Nissan (Dubbo) and asked them to take a look. One of the mechanics was more than helpful and stopped what he was working on and came on a drive to hear the noise, and organised for me to bring it back in the next day (today).

I picked it up this afternoon and it turned out to be that the bolts on sway bar links were really loose and they chalked it up to being not tensioned probably during manufacture. There was no charge for investigating and fixing the problem (and they gave it a wash for me too). So big raps to Western Plains Nissan from me.

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Date Registered: 09-2009
Location: WA
TOTAL POSTS: 71
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Thanks very much Josh. Now I believe my xtrail would have the same problem, I did quick search and found this very helpul information about the anti sway bar ;

Poor or Unpredictable Handling
 


A broken or damaged sway bar link can cause your vehicle to handle poorly, particularly if the sway bar link is broken. If it is broken, then the sway bar is not connected to the chassis properly and will not prevent the car from leaning in a corner. Your car will lean more in corners if the link is broken. If the link is damaged or the bushing for the link is damaged or missing, the handling may feel twitchy.

 
Unusual Noises
 


Another symptom of a damaged sway bar link can be unusual noises caused by the link. If the link is broken, then that end of the sway bar is free to flop around independently of the suspension and chassis. It can cause rattles and clicks as it moves around and knocks against the vehicle as you drive around corners. There can also be an audible “clunk” or “click” as you go over bumps, and the sway bar moves excessively. If the bushing on the end link is damaged or missing, the same symptom may occur and cause rattling and unusual noises.

 



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Another symptom of a broken sway bar link is determined by a visual inspection, which is also the best way to judge if there is a problem with the link and not some other component in the suspension. If the link is broken, it will not be attached to the suspension on one end or may not be attached to the sway bar on the other end. If the bushing is damaged or missing, then this will also be apparent upon a visual inspection. Each end of the link has a series of bushings, washers and nuts holding the link to the sway bar on one end and the suspension on the other end. If the link is broken, it will need to be replaced. If the bushings are torn or missing, these will need to be replaced as well.



Will drop my xtrail for them to check tomorrow or this Saturday. It's amazing that my local Nissan mechanic hasn't figured out what the problem is. Just wonder if this problem is warranty covered. For a long time I thought this click/clunk and rattle noise was from my CVT transmission emoticon . I've noticed my xtrail roll and lean when driven around corner and roundabout recently.

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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quote:

hippoxtrail wrote:
I've noticed my xtrail roll and lean when driven around corner and roundabout recently.



Apart from clunking noises, all X-TRAILs exhibit the body roll around corners and in round-abouts and that's the reason the strut bar is being fitted to solve this problem. I am just suprised that Nissan is not fitting the strut bars as standard considering Subaru is already doing that.

So, while Nissan may fix the clunking noises you are experiencing, the body roll issue will remain.

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jalalski wrote:

quote:

hippoxtrail wrote:
I've noticed my xtrail roll and lean when driven around corner and roundabout recently.



Apart from clunking noises, all X-TRAILs exhibit the body roll around corners and in round-abouts and that's the reason the strut bar is being fitted to solve this problem. I am just suprised that Nissan is not fitting the strut bars as standard considering Subaru is already doing that.

So, while Nissan may fix the clunking noises you are experiencing, the body roll issue will remain.



I am saving up money to buy your strut bars Jala emoticon



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No worries mate, just wanted to set your expectations right LOL emoticon

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