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Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:17 pm
by videographer
2nd winter with my SLR PWRD 2012 Leaf. Last winter I noticed a clunking noise in the left-front suspension when driving in cold weather. Took it to the dealership twice, but other than greasing some stuff they were not much help. This winter the noise seems to be coming from both sides. How many of us cold-country folks have seen (heard) this, and perhaps more important, has anyone gotten it fixed?

Thanks in advance -

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:41 am
by vegastar
I have the same noise coming from the left front suspension when passing over bumps. The noise only appears in cold weather. Will probably go to the dealer in a cold morning in the coming days.

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:04 am
by essaunders
I'm getting a suspension 'clunk' in cold weather too. My car anniversary is in late January - so hopefully it'll be cold and i'll have my dealer check my car noise out.

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:01 pm
by philipc2000
My 2011 Leaf with 15K miles also has the same scratchy front suspension noise when I drive over speed bumps in 40-degrees-or-colder weather.

My local Nissan dealer in Charlotte, NC, says their other Leaf cars in their used car lot also has the same noise, so they say it is "normal" and would not fix it.

Please let me know if anyone has this fixed, and which parts were fixed?

Thanks,
Philip

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:05 pm
by kubel
I have a similar problem on my 2012. What sounds like a clunking noise will eventually develop into a slightly longer moan (like a rusty hinge). It's a ball joint. Dealership won't repair it, can't reproduce the issue- but it's there every day I drive it. I can't wait for Tesla to take over...

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:07 pm
by Levenkay
I experienced very similar symptoms in my 2012 LEAF SL: A creaking noise when going over low-speed speed bumps (which looked like the city's standard "two foot residential" style) at low to moderate speeds. Like the OP, it seemed to me that cold weather (temperatures in the 30s of degrees F) aggravated the problem. The best way I could describe the noise was to say it sounded like two Styrofoam picnic ice-chests rubbing against one another.

The dealer's tech took the car out for a brief spin and confirmed my report of the noise, adding that he also heard a clicking sound from the CV joints (I had heard a clicking, but had put it down to having rocks in one of the tire treads). The dealer's shop (Wilsonville Nissan) told me they'd need to order a repair part, and had me come back the next day. They corrected both problems at no charge. I can't find any record of their remedy for the clicking joints (I believe they said that they just lubed them, same as other folks have reported here), but they did list what they did for the squeaks:

"VERIFIED CONCERN OF CREAK/SQUEAK NOISE OVER BUMPS AT LOWER SPEEDS. ISOLATED NOISE TO SWAY BAR BUSHINGS, REPLACED BOTH SWAY BAR BUSHINGS AND ROAD TESTED THE SAME AGAIN. VERIFIED NOISE NO LONGER HEARD ON ROAD TEST AFTER REPAIR"

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:57 pm
by philipc2000
Dear Levenkay,

Your diagnosis was right on target. I told my local Nissan dealer the exact part you mentioned, and they did a test drive with me, noticed the noise, and replaced the parts.

No fuss, no guesswork.

Thanks again!
Philip

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:02 am
by garsh
My car is out of warranty, and I'm getting a really bad creaking sound now in the cold weather.
I looked to buy a couple stabilizer bar bushings online, and here's what I'm finding:
  • 2011-2012 Leaf Stabilizer Bar Bushing, 54613-JD04A, $60
  • 2013-2015 Leaf Stabilizer Bar Bushing, 54613-3NK0B, $6
Why is there such a huge difference in price? Are the parts actually different?

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:35 am
by mwalsh
garsh wrote:[*]2011-2012 Leaf Stabilizer Bar Bushing, 54613-JD04A, $60
$12 aftermarket (Febest) part any better for you?

http://www.amazon.com/54613-Jd04A-54613 ... B00HCORMZS" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Low temperature front end noise?

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:58 am
by lipower
My brother's 2013 started having the loud clunk a few weeks ago. Having the wheel turned while backing up is when it is the worst. Then last week my 2012 started having the same issue. I just made a service appointment for tomorrow. I will update after it's fixed.