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Update on "Clicking" in front wheels, need advice

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A few weeks ago I noticed the "clicking" noise in the front drivers side wheel area that others have reported on this thread.

According to the previous threads most, if not all, of the people reporting this have found it to be a loose or faulty shaft axel wing nut and washer. Others have found this needs to be tightened or replaced.

I took my car into the dealer and they said the shaft is fine but that the brake pads are loose and should be replaced.

They quoted me $421 to replace the brake pads and $122 to do a brake flush.

What should I do?

It was my understanding brake pads do not need to be touched on the volt for a very, very long time.

Please let me know

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Does the clicking noise happen both with accelerating and lifting from the gas pedal? When this was happening on my car it was more like a muffled pop and I could get it to repeat easily by pressing and releasing the gas pedal or tapping the brakes.

In my case it's wasn't a faulty shaft, but just loose axle nuts. I took my Volt in to my service advisor to have Paula torque my nuts. Hindsight being 20/20 I should have taken the opportunity to buy the right sized socket to torque my own nuts.

It's possible the clicking is coming from the brakes, but you might want to try torquing your nuts before doing the brake job. I've never seen brake pads come loose and make this clicking noise in 29 years of car ownership. Actually, brake pads are supposed to be loose - they float between the brake cylinder and the rotors. If you have the means to jack the front end up, take off the tires, you can easily check the brake pads by taking a big C clamp to them to push the brake cylinder back.

If you aren't mechanically inclined, then ask the dealer to guarantee the brake job. If the clicking noise persists after the brake job, make them eat the cost and cover the subsequent repair needed to the axles, bearings, or axle nuts.

BTW, check with the Chevy parts department to see how much brake pads are. And unless you've driven a ton of miles, I highly doubt the brake flush is needed. Caveat all this with the fact that I'm not a mechanic, only a shade tree mechanic. And without looking at the car with my own eyes, this is all conjecture over the internet. I also don't trust the meatheads who like to use their air powered torque wrenches as far too often, they do a tire rotation wrong and warp my brake rotors. So I avoid other people torquing my wheels at all cost. I do all that myself.
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I also had clicking from the front earlier this year, the dealer told me I needed new front axles, but they were back ordered. Months later, they still have not contacted me (big surprise) but the clicking stopped in warmer weather. I assume it will resume this fall, and I'll see if they have parts then. Others have said they'll sometimes replace the whole axle because replacing just the nut/washer is a pain, and if it's still under warranty, they'll do the axle as it's easier.
My clicking happened during the winter time, so maybe your temp theory is true. If the clicking comes back, don't hesitate to have it looked at as if you catch it early, a nut torquing is all that is needed. If you let it go too long, you will wear out the bearings and it might need new bearings or an axle assembly.
I think I'd be looking for a second opinion. The whole things sounds a bit dicey, especially when they're suggesting a brake flush.

The protocol is to replace both nuts. I wouldn't mess with a lesser fix. Hopefully in this case the work will be covered by the warranty.
But I'm having a whole lot more fun using the phrase "my service advisor Paula torqued my nuts". I ended up paying $116 for the nut tightening. I was hoping it was covered under warranty, but didn't fight it very hard. I think if you catch it early, no bearing or axle replacement is needed, but if you let it go too long, it all needs to be replaced. But it appears that the consensus is this dealership guessed wrong. But without seeing the car first hand, we could also be wrong.
I was thinking the same thing. If I am not touching the brakes at all how can it be the brakes. It also does not click when going in reverse btw.
The symptoms are sounding more and more like axle nuts, then maybe bearings, then xle itself. I contend if you catch it early enough you can stop the popping and not have to replace anything else. Mine were torqued 15 months ago, and no popping since.
So now I am hearing clicking but more so from using the brake and then gas not just coasting and using the gas on and off. This now seems to beo n my driver side unlike my earlier post of passenger side which axle nut tightening fixed it but not on the driver side. Someone mentioned brake guide pins sticking. Funny thing is I have noticed on occassion my brakses though not on seem stuck to the rotor and brake free from say after driving in rain or such noting I drive the car usually once a day. But from last park to next drive seems to be enough to have it seems stuck purely by not freely staring to backout my garage always where its parked. So is anything related the front brakes pin guides or clips of whatever nature worth the checkout? As I said tightening the axle nut did not seem to fix it and it seems to be heard after braking and starting off again.
After Paula the service rep torqued my nuts there was no popping for a about a year and a half, but after that the noise returned so she replaced and lubed my bearings. They have never had to touch the brakes on my Volt.

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