Buick Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Front or rear wheels?
Just a note; they are called constant velocity joints.
If the rear, you should be able to just jack up the rear and spin each wheel by hand and listen for the noise. If the front, I would suggest getting the front at least 1 foot off the ground on a lift, start the engine, place in gear and drive the front wheels, turning the steering wheel left and right and if the noise is present, try to pinpoint it with a stethoscope.
Normally cv-joints make a clunking noise when turning right and left going forward or reverse.
Hello, are you there?
I suggest getting it up on a lift then like I said.
Can you hear the noise then while up on a lift?
Are you spinning the rear wheels, and the front wheels turning right and left?
Yes, turn right and left, rev the engine through all the gears, too and also apply the brake while the front wheels are spinning.
Stop replacing parts until you know for sure.
Are you still at the shop?
So if you sit in the drivers seat, having someone lese spin the rear wheels and you turning the steering wheel left and right, while the engine is running, reved up going through all the gears, are you saying you cannot hear the noise?
If not, then you are going to need to use some chassis ears in order to pinpoint the noise while driving.
Just about anywhere, like these. http://www.automotivespecialtytools.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/JSP06600.jpg
They have new ireless and the old type with wires, here is the google shopping page https://www.google.com/#q=chassis+ears+steelman&safe=off&tbm=shop
You would one of each or the listening items on near each wheel, then listen while you drive, for the one that makes the loudest noise, then slowly move all of the other ones toward that wheel until you completely surround the noise and then you will know where it is coming from.
I believe it comes with 6 of those listening things.
So you want me to guess and you replace more parts or would you rather pinpoint what it is? I can do the later.
Have you had a mechanic drive with you yet and have them hear the noise? A mechanic can shift into neutral while driving and shut off the engine to eliminate some things as the problem. Plus pull on the parking brake while driving to see if the noise is coming from the rear, etc.
I would invest in the chassis ears or find a shop that has a pair, they are only like $100 so just about every shop should have a pair, especially any tire shops.
Well, I can not listen to it. You could purchase a $10 android cellphone, make a audio recording and post it and I'll listen to it.
If I had had this problem before I would have done said so.
What you should be doing is just tell the service manager you have a noise, test drive the vehicle and have them listen and confirm that they can hear it, Then agree to only pay when the noise is gone, if they want to try replacing this or that part and charge you no matter if the noise is gone or not, tell them NO! If they don't agree to fix the noise and only charge you when it's gone and only charge you for the one specific item that fixed it, not try 10 items and then the 10th fix it and charge you for the first 9. tell them to remove the first 9 cause you aren't paying for them.
Now, I would get a lawyer or file a small claims suit yourself, pay the $25 or so court cost filing fee and sue whomever replaced all these parts and didn't fix the noise so you can get your money back.
Did that answer your question? If so, kindly leave me a positive rating, so I get credit. If you have any more questions, go ahead and ask.
So, what did you decide?
Why don't you go get a $10 cell phone at the dollar store, take an audio recording from sitting in each seat and hanging the cellphone out the window close to the car, like where the outside mirror is and send this recording to me, either through here or upload it to youtube and let me hear it.
I am so surprised a mechanic could not find and fix that noise.
have you had anyone at all find the source of that noise yet?