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A few days ago, one of my hatch struts came loose. I don't know what caused it. We've had a lot of snow and ice and maybe a chunk of ice pushed it out. I propped the lid up with a shovel and slipped the strut back on. What I'm wondering is, is it just a simple ball joint? Is there a lost piece? It seems like it could be easily bumped and disconnected. Has this happened to anyone else?
 

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There was a recall on Gen 1 for that problem but should not be an issue on Gen 2. Definitely let the dealer look at it. There should be a retaining clip on the ball joint to keep it from coming off (typically).

Any damage to the sheet metal? Weight from snow should not be a factor in this btw.
 

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I don't know what's going on. We've had a struggle with snow and cold here. I'm not going to do anything until it warms up. I wouldn't be surprised if a piece was left off during assembly. A lot of little build problems have shown up. Like loose parts. The quality is sort of disappointing.
 

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I don't know what's going on. We've had a struggle with snow and cold here. I'm not going to do anything until it warms up. I wouldn't be surprised if a piece was left off during assembly. A lot of little build problems have shown up. Like loose parts. The quality is sort of disappointing.
Ya, I've got a nice "squeaking/creaking" sound coming from my hatch back area when driving over anything but the newest smooth roads. Not terribly bad, but reminds me of my 14 year old Audi and not a 3 month old car!

I've also got a metallic sound coming from under the dash or front speaker or something that's more noticeable in the cold and over every bump. It's almost like keys jingling but more high pitched/tinny sounding. It's a bit annoying but I'm not certain what can be done other then removing some trim to see if something is loose and in doing so that'll loosen up other trim bits. Maybe I'll grab a video of the sound and post seeing if anyone else has it with the Gen II.

Then again it's a lease while I wait for Model 3.... do I care THAT much to go over to the horrible dealership... shudder
 

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Ya, I've got a nice "squeaking/creaking" sound coming from my hatch back area when driving over anything but the newest smooth roads. Not terribly bad, but reminds me of my 14 year old Audi and not a 3 month old car!

I've also got a metallic sound coming from under the dash or front speaker or something that's more noticeable in the cold and over every bump. It's almost like keys jingling but more high pitched/tinny sounding. It's a bit annoying but I'm not certain what can be done other then removing some trim to see if something is loose and in doing so that'll loosen up other trim bits. Maybe I'll grab a video of the sound and post seeing if anyone else has it with the Gen II.

Then again it's a lease while I wait for Model 3.... do I care THAT much to go over to the horrible dealership... shudder
The rear could be the rear axle tube. Or not, since you did not post your year. See http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...ka-rear-wheels-assembly&p=3256434#post3256434

Maybe a loose wire up front buzzing up against some plastic? See http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...e-Noise-Finally-Found!!&p=3497842#post3497842 Or the exhaust system heat shield? http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...zing-at-Certain-ICE-RPM&p=2514449#post2514449

Tesla is known for a lot of things, but problem free cars is not one of them. They seem to have a lot of QC issues, even day one. I'd rather take my Volt in under warranty and have it repaired than drive it for years with issues that could be fixed. But it's your choice.
 

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Quite a coincidence, I had the same two noises.

The first noise I'd hear very rarely in the first few weeks after being. When icy roads came along became constant and it was driving crazy. Sounding like something was going to fall off the back!
I fixed myself, it turned out the two hatch stoppers were adjusted wildly different at the factory, just turned one out to match the other.

The second noise appears to be under the DIC and is buzzy metallic. Almost sounds like loose relay contacts.
Can't help you there, I'm going to have to wait until spring or bring it to the dealer if it gets worse.
 

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I just took mine in this past Friday for a rattling from the hatch on the right side. The tech said that he thought the part that held it in place was too tight which was causing the metal to maybe rub too much against the other part...? It was better, but now it sounds almost worse, but in a different way.

It seems to me that the noises are more present when it's colder.

Best,
Rick
 
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