Stoaty
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Leaf Number: 3871
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Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Fri May 06, 2016 4:03 pm

My 2011 makes a clicking noise sometimes when slowly accelerating from a stop. Sounds like playing cards in a bicycle wheel we used to do when we were young (only much more subtle and no cards involved). Seems to happen more when it is cold. Only noticeable below about 5 MPH. Happening a bit more than it was originally, have had it for several years. I haven't decided whether to do anything about it.
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GoingGreener
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Delivery Date: 09 Aug 2011
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Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Fri May 06, 2016 5:51 pm

Thanks drees & RegGuheert.

I've also been letting it go since our caliper tweak didn't fix the sound. Like you both, our 5yr warranty is not too far off & the LEAF's clicking seems more frequent, so I thought better to get it checked. Before I bring it in, I'm also going to listen for any clicking during turning too. Maybe it could be when I turn the steering wheel too hard/fast during parking that I hear a sound. That way any issues can be addressed on one visit. Lol, yup, I also like to do some homework, esp. on this forum (thanks again) before approaching the dealership for services :)

GoingGreener
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Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Fri May 06, 2016 6:21 pm

Thanks Stoaty. I'll have to observe more if it's happening to our's when cold also. Like your's, it's happening more frequently lately.

BTW, since we don't have oil changes, has anyone lube their doors/hatch etc...? Hatch has been creaking.

ENIAC
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Leaf Number: 224
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Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Fri May 06, 2016 6:48 pm

My 2011 began "clicking" on during acceleration and decceleration late last year. I had the spline lub and bolt retorque TSB work done at the dealership. The "clicking" stopped for a couple of months. However it's returned. I can do the trick where you stop and hold the brake - it will click once. The put it in reverse, hold the brake and press the accelerator - it will click again.

dbontrager
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Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:52 pm

Today my Nissan dealer replaced my Axel for this problem and it fixed the clicking noise.

babonbangke
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Leaf Number: 305686
Location: Bellevue, WA

Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:39 am

I'm having the same problem now on my 2016 SV. Looks like I'd have to bring this in to have it checked out.

ekill
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Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:34 pm

I have a 2013 Leaf SV with the clicking sound on acceleration and deceleration. The final fix was a new motor. The Nissan dealership called there engineering department and they authorized the replacement. Hope this helps. The Dealership was Nissan of Elk Grove CA

Stoaty
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Re: Clicking noise during acceleration and decceleration

Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:58 pm

Took my 2011 Leaf to a trusted independent mechanic for the clicking noise, which is now more obvious when cold, but fairly subtle when Leaf is warmer. He went for a brief drive with me and said, "It isn't the suspension. I believe it is in the drive train. Since it happens only at slow speed and not under load I wouldn't worry about it." He also said he used to service Leafs for a business that had a number of them, but there was never much to do. "Even at 120,000 miles the brakes were still fine."

PS He said he would like to have a Tesla, but doesn't want to invest that much money in a "depreciating asset" even though he could afford it.

Trying to decide if I should go to Nissan dealer to have it checked (should have done 8 months ago before 5 year warranty expired) or just not worry about it since the Leaf drives fine.
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