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I have an 06 Equinox that my wife (mostly) drives. She told me about a noise she was hearing a few weeks ago. I hadn't heard it myself until recently. I have little knowledge about these types of things and would appreciate any direction in which to investigate. Here's what I know:
The best comparison for a noise would be an analog clock, but with a more metallic sound, when the vehicle is in motion
  • Sounds like it is coming from the passenger front half of the car
    I WD40'd the serpentine belt and the wheels it turns
    I checked the brakes (not worn down too much)
    CV boots are good (the ones near the wheels; didn't check any others)
    The noise seemingly disappears when cornering right
    The noise amplifies when cornering left
    Unfortunately, wind noise drowns out anything I would be able to hear, so I don't know if it is louder at higher speeds
    The noise does not occur during idle or stationery revving of engine
    The rate of the noise is around 4 ticks/clicks a second

So, I think it may be any of these:
  • wheel bearings
    shocks or struts
    ball joint

Could it be something else? Or did I narrow it well? I just don't have the know-how to deduce it further than I've detailed.

Thanks for any direction!
 

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geerjm said:
I have an 06 Equinox that my wife (mostly) drives. She told me about a noise she was hearing a few weeks ago. I hadn't heard it myself until recently. I have little knowledge about these types of things and would appreciate any direction in which to investigate. Here's what I know:
The best comparison for a noise would be an analog clock, but with a more metallic sound, when the vehicle is in motion
  • Sounds like it is coming from the passenger front half of the car
    I WD40'd the serpentine belt and the wheels it turns
    I checked the brakes (not worn down too much)
    CV boots are good (the ones near the wheels; didn't check any others)
    The noise seemingly disappears when cornering right
    The noise amplifies when cornering left
    Unfortunately, wind noise drowns out anything I would be able to hear, so I don't know if it is louder at higher speeds
    The noise does not occur during idle or stationery revving of engine
    The rate of the noise is around 4 ticks/clicks a second

So, I think it may be any of these:
  • wheel bearings
    shocks or struts
    ball joint

Could it be something else? Or did I narrow it well? I just don't have the know-how to deduce it further than I've detailed.

Thanks for any direction!
If it occurs more when turning, it is most likely a CV-Joint. Check the boots closer.

I don't know about using UD40 on the Serpentine Belt. Did you read the can the make sure this is an OK application ?
 

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The clicking seems to be fairly consistent (as rate goes) with speed, but if I am to be as specific as possible, I'd say it does increase some in rate with vehicle speed. I can hear it around 15mph the best because that seems to be when wind and road noises are at the least. As I mentioned in the initial post, wind noise pretty well cancels out my ability to hear it at all at higher (50+mph) speeds.

And if it is CV joint, is that something I can tackle at home with the help of someone that is a mechanic? Or would a lift be essentially mandatory?
 

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The clicking seems to be fairly consistent (as rate goes) with speed, but if I am to be as specific as possible, I'd say it does increase some in rate with vehicle speed. I can hear it around 15mph the best because that seems to be when wind and road noises are at the least. As I mentioned in the initial post, wind noise pretty well cancels out my ability to hear it at all at higher (50+mph) speeds.

And if it is CV joint, is that something I can tackle at home with the help of someone that is a mechanic? Or would a lift be essentially mandatory?
Much easier on a lift, but still very doable with a floor jack, and jackstands. Piece of cake for a mechanic.
 

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Much easier on a lift, but still very doable with a floor jack, and jackstands. Piece of cake for a mechanic.
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Piece of cake
On a different note...those are dangerous words on this Forum... :hilarious: :woot:
 

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Much easier on a lift, but still very doable with a floor jack, and jackstands. Piece of cake for a mechanic.
I have to 'fess up. Wife was making Lemon Bars while I was sending that, so I had food on my find.
 
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Have you had the chance to take the vehicle into your local GM dealership to be diagnosed? Please keep me posted when the issue has been taken care of.

Thank you,
Caron, GM Customer Service

geerjm said:
I have an 06 Equinox that my wife (mostly) drives. She told me about a noise she was hearing a few weeks ago. I hadn't heard it myself until recently. I have little knowledge about these types of things and would appreciate any direction in which to investigate. Here's what I know:
The best comparison for a noise would be an analog clock, but with a more metallic sound, when the vehicle is in motion
  • Sounds like it is coming from the passenger front half of the car
    I WD40'd the serpentine belt and the wheels it turns
    I checked the brakes (not worn down too much)
    CV boots are good (the ones near the wheels; didn't check any others)
    The noise seemingly disappears when cornering right
    The noise amplifies when cornering left
    Unfortunately, wind noise drowns out anything I would be able to hear, so I don't know if it is louder at higher speeds
    The noise does not occur during idle or stationery revving of engine
    The rate of the noise is around 4 ticks/clicks a second

So, I think it may be any of these:
  • wheel bearings
    shocks or struts
    ball joint

Could it be something else? Or did I narrow it well? I just don't have the know-how to deduce it further than I've detailed.

Thanks for any direction!
 
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