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I was trying to convince my self that the noise had always been there and was a solenoid or relay or something like that -- but then my wife was in the car with me and she said, "What's that clicking noise? Coming from the left side?"

It sounds to me like a single click when I take my foot off of, or put my foot onto, the accelerator pedal. (I drive in L, always.) I can't really tell where it's coming from -- but it's not an "interior" noise and it's not the rattle that I can't seem to ever make go away from the right side of the hatchback (yes I know about the little stop that you can screw in or out).

Should I call "my" Volt Advisor before I take it in to the dealer? To "pave the way" and hopefully ensure that it's covered under the drive train warranty? (That is assuming that this clicking noise is the same one that others describe here as indicating that an axle requires a slightly different washer/nut.)
 

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Does it sound like it may be coming from the drive train? Some have reported clicking caused by a loose halfshaft nut, others have said it's related to the brake caliper.
 

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I was trying to convince my self that the noise had always been there and was a solenoid or relay or something like that -- but then my wife was in the car with me and she said, "What's that clicking noise? Coming from the left side?"

It sounds to me like a single click when I take my foot off of, or put my foot onto, the accelerator pedal. (I drive in L, always.) I can't really tell where it's coming from -- but it's not an "interior" noise and it's not the rattle that I can't seem to ever make go away from the right side of the hatchback (yes I know about the little stop that you can screw in or out).

Should I call "my" Volt Advisor before I take it in to the dealer? To "pave the way" and hopefully ensure that it's covered under the drive train warranty? (That is assuming that this clicking noise is the same one that others describe here as indicating that an axle requires a slightly different washer/nut.)
I've had the noise since about 30k miles, i just hit 70k miles a few months ago and finally took it to the dealer, they said the clicking noise is normal.
 

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I've had the noise since about 30k miles, i just hit 70k miles a few months ago and finally took it to the dealer, they said the clicking noise is normal.
My service advisor torqued my nuts and the clicking noise went away for about 18 months. If you let it go too long, a bearing replacement is in order. I had a bearing fail, but it's uncertain whether she torqued it too tight, or whether it was going to fail anyway.
 

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I thought the clicking noise was a relay engaging/disengaging until I found the numerous references to loose axle nuts in these forums. At 60,000 miles I took the car to the dealer who torqued the nuts under warranty. Noise is gone so I figure I'm good for another 60,000 miles.
 

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I thought the clicking noise was a relay engaging/disengaging until I found the numerous references to loose axle nuts in these forums. At 60,000 miles I took the car to the dealer who torqued the nuts under warranty. Noise is gone so I figure I'm good for another 60,000 miles.
I had my axle nuts torqued; it helped for a while. The proper solution is to replace the axle nuts and washers.

http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?197914-Click-or-Pop-noise-from-front-on-Accel-or-Decel
 

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I thought the clicking noise was a relay engaging/disengaging until I found the numerous references to loose axle nuts in these forums. At 60,000 miles I took the car to the dealer who torqued the nuts under warranty. Noise is gone so I figure I'm good for another 60,000 miles.
No fair, Paula charged me $116 to torque my nuts.
 
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I've re-torqued the axle nuts twice in the past 8 months, and the clicking came back last week. I bit the bullet and spent $15 to get new nuts and washers. I'll swap them out myself when I put the winter wheels back on.
 

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My 2014 makes that noise also. I will have to take it in then...
...and miss a perfect opportunity to buy a big socket, extension piece, and torque wrench?
 

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I called my "Volt Advisor" but the GM person who answered my call refused to transfer me to a Volt specialist. After many back-and-forths I gave up and let her connect me to the dealer I use to set up an appointment. I knew I'd have to take the car in; I was just hoping to get some assistance from the "Volt Advisor" as to whether or not this issue is covered by the drive train warranty, etc., ahead of that visit to the dealer. Oh well.
 

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I called my "Volt Advisor" but the GM person who answered my call refused to transfer me to a Volt specialist. After many back-and-forths I gave up and let her connect me to the dealer I use to set up an appointment. I knew I'd have to take the car in; I was just hoping to get some assistance from the "Volt Advisor" as to whether or not this issue is covered by the drive train warranty, etc., ahead of that visit to the dealer. Oh well.
The way it was explained to me, the axle, "transmission" electric motors, battery, and gas engine are part of the powertrain. The tires, wheels, brakes, shocks, struts, bearings are not - though you need all of those to propel the car. I'm not quite sure where the steering assembly fits, it might not be part of the power train - so you can propel the car forwards but cannot steer.... There are some gray areas like the AC is probably covered as it's needed to cool the battery, but the heater to the car probably isn't, the heater to the battery probably is, and the radiators... well, there are 3 of them. When one of the many computers on board goes out, it's a crap shoot.
 

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I had a similar clicking noise on my 2015. They changed transmission mounts under warranty and noise went away.
The transmission mounts must be a different clicking noise, or maybe to change those mounts they had to undo a bunch of stuff and retorque those nuts.

Wait, transmission mounts? The Volt doesn't have a transmission.... very confused now.



Two things I can't resist when clicking noise hits the forum: talking about Paula torquing my nuts, and replaying this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7_3xxQXgFs
 

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...and miss a perfect opportunity to buy a big socket, extension piece, and torque wrench?
Well I could do it myself but where the fun in letting the dealer try and make me pay for it...

My Brother worked for GM for many years and now at FORD and My dad retired from FORD I'm sure I got the tools to fix it myself and a couple of lefts also lol
 

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I just torqued my axle nut too and the noise went away. But my bro also noticed the lugs were looser than normal so could been them too on right front passenger but I will assume the axle nut as all others found. And it appears the dealer does not necesarily do it under warranty. But if the nut nd washer are to be replaced GM OUGHT TO DO THIS as a recall/service bulletin before they pissi us all off and go buy other vehicles!
 

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No fair, Paula charged me $116 to torque my nuts.
Nothing can torque my nuts like an incessant clicking or rattling sound.

(llninja you're just not getting any takers on the nuts theme, thought I'd lend a hand -- although an Elemental I am not!)
 

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Well I could do it myself but where the fun in letting the dealer try and make me pay for it...

My Brother worked for GM for many years and now at FORD and My dad retired from FORD I'm sure I got the tools to fix it myself and a couple of lefts also lol
Yeah, I took mine to the dealer as I was certain it was something exotic deep in the drivetrain that was certain to be covered by the powertrain warranty. Had I known then what I know now, I would have bought myself the socket I needed, and maybe updated nuts and washers. But if I did that, I'd have no excuse to say "I had Paula torque my nuts" ad nausium. Of course, torquing your own nuts is just wrong.
 
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