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Since the beginning, my 2018 Volt has creaked from the front end (at times,not all the time) when turning in parking lots, or going up hill and turning. I took it to the shop numerous times and naturally they never found anything wrong with it. It is now out of warranty and does it more than ever!!

I asked the shop if they can get GM involved in helping pay for this fix, whatever it is. The guy said I'd have to pay the $150 diagnostic fee, then "I'd" have to ask GM for assistance. WTH? Does this seem right to you? I once had a SAAB that had an issue from the beginning and the dealer called i SAAB, I didn't pay a fee, and SAAB agreed, that even though the car was past warranty, it should never have happened so quickly and paid for the entire fix.

What to do folks?
 

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Well, my creaking in my Gen 2 turned out to be an issue with the axle that had to be replaced. My creaking occurred usually either slowing down to a stop or accelerating from a dead stop. Mine was covered under the b2b warranty at about 20k miles.

There is a service bulletin on the issue of the stress of the torque being applied to the axle that causes either wear on the axle or loosening of the axle nuts that have to be tightened.

I think this is endemic to the Volt because of the regeneration stresses placed on the axles and associated parts.

If you do a search in the forum for the service bulletin relating to the axle or axle nuts you should be able to find it; maybe that will help.


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I had developed a creaking noise when making left turns. The sway bar link had gone bad and needed to be replaced (out of warranty). Creaking when turning is usually from a bad/damaged bushing resulting in metal-on-metal contact. You don't want to let it go forever, as the eventual failure is a safety issue.
 

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Well, my creaking in my Gen 2 turned out to be an issue with the axle that had to be replaced. My creaking occurred usually either slowing down to a stop or accelerating from a dead stop. Mine was covered under the b2b warranty at about 20k miles.

There is a service bulletin on the issue of the stress of the torque being applied to the axle that causes either wear on the axle or loosening of the axle nuts that have to be tightened.

I think this is endemic to the Volt because of the regeneration stresses placed on the axles and associated parts.

If you do a search in the forum for the service bulletin relating to the axle or axle nuts you should be able to find it; maybe that will help.


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For the life of me I cannot find that bulletin.

Where would I locate that bulletin?
 

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For the life of me I cannot find that bulletin.

Where would I locate that bulletin?
I just did a search in the forum and I couldn’t find it. I know the tech told me he looked at the bulletin and used it to fix one of our 16s. I’m sorry I can’t find it maybe somebody else on here can. When I had the axle replaced on one of them they said the bulletin was for Gen ones but it’s clear that it’s also an issue for the gen twos.

Try the threads linked in this one. You’ll get a lot of information, even if you can’t find a bulletin number.

Thoughts? A $600 Quote for Tighten Left Axle Shaft Nut-Sop nut and washer?
https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?sh...om/forum/showthread.php?t=330413&share_type=t

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I purchased my 2016 Premier this past April. I have been experiencing the exact thing you described for a bout a month. Groaning at the end of braking and beginning of acceleration every time. Did you ever get a diagnosis? Thanks!

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I never did. When I turn hard & drive up a slope in reverse it makes the noise, same going slow in forward (like in a parking lot) going forward and I turn hard it makes the sound.
 

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So was this ever solved because my creaking is super bad and audible. It is like the whole front end creaks as the gas is pressed and when you brake. Then when you go again you can hear it. But then goes away until you brake or put your foot on the accelerator. I have searched the forums and I am seeing clicking sounds but it's not even clicking. It's definitely a creeeeeeaaak. Almost like a creaking door sound lol I have seen a post where one person took it to a dealership and was told "no big deal."
 

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So was this ever solved because my creaking is super bad and audible. It is like the whole front end creaks as the gas is pressed and when you brake. Then when you go again you can hear it. But then goes away until you brake or put your foot on the accelerator. I have searched the forums and I am seeing clicking sounds but it's not even clicking. It's definitely a creeeeeeaaak. Almost like a creaking door sound lol I have seen a post where one person took it to a dealership and was told "no big deal."
I had a clicking/clunking/creaking noise that occurred only when accelerating and decelerating. See this thread:


Replacing the front wheel hubs fixed the problem. There is a way to test whether you have the same problem: find a fairly steep hill and drive down it. Step on the brake OR use the regen paddle while rolling down the hill in "D". You should hear the creaking. Now try it again, but this time put the car in neutral before you step on the brake. You should hear nothing. If you get those results, get the hubs replaced. If your car has less than 60,000 miles it should be covered under the powertrain warranty. If you have more than 60k miles, any competent mechanic could replace the hubs for a couple hundred bucks. And stop using the regen paddle - I'm convinced that extensive use of the paddle is what damaged my wheel hubs.
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