Valdemar
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:39 pm

Nope. It is still there, I want to say it got a bit louder. I think/hope it is the CV joint.
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB), -1CB(53.92Ahr)@140k/29mo,
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DaveinOlyWA
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:42 am

2018 with 12k miles, I started hearing the same yesterday. It only happens when accelerating or braking (regen) metal on metal clink like a u joint or something. EVness doesn't give the feeling of slop like u joints in gassers though...
2011 SL; 44,598 miles. 2013 S; 44,840 miles.2016 S30 deceased. 29,413 miles. 2018 S40; 11,987 miles, 485 GIDs, 37.6 kwh 110.89 Ahr , SOH 96.00, Hx 115.22
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Valdemar
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:01 am

DaveinOlyWA wrote:2018 with 12k miles, I started hearing the same yesterday. It only happens when accelerating or braking (regen) metal on metal clink like a u joint or something. EVness doesn't give the feeling of slop like u joints in gassers though...


Is yours a single click per event (accel or decel)? Mine is a consistent dull clatter as long as the speed is maintained low, and I hear nothing on braking. There was an issue on 2011 cars and maybe later, symptoms were a click on accelerating, a TSB was issued the fix was something along the lines of lube and re-tighten front axle nuts, I had this issue addressed before, that noise was different and more like what you describe (I think).
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB), -1CB(53.92Ahr)@140k/29mo,
53.92AHr, SOH 84.5%, 140k miles

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powersurge
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:38 am

Man! I cant believe how much mileage this silly issue has gotten!! You can philosophize all you want, but ...... YOU NEED TO TAKE IT TO A MECHANIC.

Valdemar
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:45 am

I'm getting there but slowly :) I only first noticed it 6 months ago and it hasn't gotten much worse. Most people wouldn't even notice something like this. I looked at the CV boots and they are fine. If this noise is indeed due to CV joints it is way too weak to indicate an imminent failure. And if this is reduction gear, well, I'm not changing the reduction gear on this car anyway.
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB), -1CB(53.92Ahr)@140k/29mo,
53.92AHr, SOH 84.5%, 140k miles

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coolorangecat
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:15 pm

Valdemar.. have you tried doing an oil change on the reduction gear? I am going to change my gear oil this weekend, with red line d6. I will tell you if I hear any difference.

My noise is like you described. It is a very faint clicking noise that you can hear best around 5 mph or less. I hear it when I come to a stop, even going straight. I have switched both front wheel bearings, struts, lower control arms, brakes, rotors, tie rods, and greased the shit out of the splines. The only thing I haven't switched out in that area are the CV joints. They are not torn. It doesn't seem to be getting any worse but it's a really sutle continuous clicking all low speeds. It stops just before I come to a complete stop, almost like it's a servo that pulls out

I'm going to change the gear oil in the reduction gear, and then change both ABS sensors. They are cheap parts. If this doesn't work I'm going to bring it into Nissan and see what they say.

DaveinOlyWA
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:57 pm

Valdemar wrote:
DaveinOlyWA wrote:2018 with 12k miles, I started hearing the same yesterday. It only happens when accelerating or braking (regen) metal on metal clink like a u joint or something. EVness doesn't give the feeling of slop like u joints in gassers though...


Is yours a single click per event (accel or decel)? Mine is a consistent dull clatter as long as the speed is maintained low, and I hear nothing on braking. There was an issue on 2011 cars and maybe later, symptoms were a click on accelerating, a TSB was issued the fix was something along the lines of lube and re-tighten front axle nuts, I had this issue addressed before, that noise was different and more like what you describe (I think).


Single click and only when changing momentum (speed up or slow down) It sounds "exactly" like u joint slop (if you are old enough to know what I am talking about) but there is only sound, no feel at all. I "know" it just started yesterday and its still there today.
2011 SL; 44,598 miles. 2013 S; 44,840 miles.2016 S30 deceased. 29,413 miles. 2018 S40; 11,987 miles, 485 GIDs, 37.6 kwh 110.89 Ahr , SOH 96.00, Hx 115.22
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Valdemar
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:41 pm

coolorangecat wrote:Valdemar.. have you tried doing an oil change on the reduction gear? I am going to change my gear oil this weekend, with red line d6. I will tell you if I hear any difference.

My noise is like you described. It is a very faint clicking noise that you can hear best around 5 mph or less. I hear it when I come to a stop, even going straight. I have switched both front wheel bearings, struts, lower control arms, brakes, rotors, tie rods, and greased the shit out of the splines. The only thing I haven't switched out in that area are the CV joints. They are not torn. It doesn't seem to be getting any worse but it's a really sutle continuous clicking all low speeds. It stops just before I come to a complete stop, almost like it's a servo that pulls out

I'm going to change the gear oil in the reduction gear, and then change both ABS sensors. They are cheap parts. If this doesn't work I'm going to bring it into Nissan and see what they say.


Sounds very similar to mine. One characteristic is that it only happens with the gentle torque being transferred to the wheels, as soon as I let go off the accel pedal the noise is gone. Turning the wheels doesn't seem to make it worse. No change of gear oil. I kind of doubt it is related or going to help, gear oil lasts like forever, and if it's not leaking it is all good. I mean, it is possible there is wear to the gears which causes the noise, but changing the oil isn't going to help as the damage is already done. I will be at the dealer soon for maintenance, I'll see what they can say about it.
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB), -1CB(53.92Ahr)@140k/29mo,
53.92AHr, SOH 84.5%, 140k miles

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coolorangecat
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:32 am

Well, I jacked the passenger side of the car up, took the passenger wheel off and removed the tie rod to the knuckle. Then I rotated my wheel right and left and heard a clicking/knocking noise (see link for video https://photos.app.goo.gl/4jN8GjDoaQvvmJv77). I don't know if this is normal for a cv joint with 100k miles, but got the new cv axial in and going to replace it this weekend. I will post my findings. Hopefully, this is the cause of my continuous clicking sound.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4jN8GjDoaQvvmJv77

DaveinOlyWA
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Re: Faint gear like noise at low speeds.

Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:07 pm

In my case, it was a TSB to grease axle and bearings. 12-055F
2011 SL; 44,598 miles. 2013 S; 44,840 miles.2016 S30 deceased. 29,413 miles. 2018 S40; 11,987 miles, 485 GIDs, 37.6 kwh 110.89 Ahr , SOH 96.00, Hx 115.22
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