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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Clank noise

Hello. I have a 2013 Traverse with about 46,000 miles. I have been noticing a clank type noise when I hit the gas and begin moving. It sounds like there may be some play in an axle or linkage. Where should I start and how do I betterror diagnos this problem? As far as I know the vehicle has not hit anything hard with a wheel. Thanks!
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 08:35 AM
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Self diagnosis is tough but if you have another person you can try the following. Find and empty parking lot preferably away from lots of road noise. Have extra person stand at each fender (corner) while you pull away and see if they can identify if the sound is audible to them and at which corner. You also note when you hear it and compare notes with your extra person. That at least gives you an idea where to start looking in detail. Does it clank in both drive and reverse when you start moving and does it do it when you accelerate smoothly or with a bit of umph.
If you can narrow down the general area we can throw out some possible culprits.
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First thing I'd do is inspect the motor/transmission mounts. They look like rubber bulbs. If there's any oil leaking out of them, that's probably your problem. The front one seems to be the one that goes first for most people, but I found the transmission one leaking on my 2011 at about 85,000 mi. The transmission one is right by the left front wheel.

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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 12:31 PM
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I had a front end clank with mine a few months ago. Once I replaced the front sway bar end links the clank went away. They are easy to check (grab a hold and yank, there shouldn't be any play nor should you hear a noise).

They are inexpensive and easy to replace.

Hopefully yours is something similar.

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1st thing that comes to mind- is the motor mount.

as it can clunk, squeek.

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 04:18 PM
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to me this sounds power train related which means it should be covered by GM. Stop trying to self-diagnose and take it to the professionals.

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Thanks yall for the info. @bakerm28, I forgot these things have a longer warranty on the power train. Thanks for the reminder.
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Have you taken your car to service yet? Any results? Recently I noticed the similar noise when I press gas pedal. It only happens if I hit gas right after I come to a full stop, but it doesn't happen if I've stopped for over a couple of seconds. The noise is pretty noticeable and even my cell phone can pick it up from inside of the car. I'm taking my car to the Chevy dealer next Monday and let's see what they can find. BTW, mine is 2014 1LT with 21k miles.

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Have you taken your car to service yet? Any results? Recently I noticed the similar noise when I press gas pedal. It only happens if I hit gas right after I come to a full stop, but it doesn't happen if I've stopped for over a couple of seconds. The noise is pretty noticeable and even my cell phone can pick it up from inside of the car. I'm taking my car to the Chevy dealer next Monday and let's see what they can find. BTW, mine is 2014 1LT with 21k miles.
I take it back that "it doesn't happen if I've stopped for over a couple of seconds". Actually, it did happen. I just realized today. It feels similar to http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/wh...-accelerating/.

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Did you find out the issue? Mine began making a similar noise. I'm taking mine in this week to the dealership and will report back.
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