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Old 09-24-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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We just started hearing this cracking noise coming from the front wheels. It's pretty loud especially when it's parked in the garage. When you first start it up in the morning and start backing up is when it happens, the cracking or crunching sound (high pitched) continues to happen for I'd say 30 feet. It's not a continuous sound but it happens intermittently as you back up. At first it only came from the drivers side front wheel now it's happening to both wheels, anyway that's where it sounds like it's coming from.
It only happens when you are moving.

Any ideas what this might be?


I have never had this many problems with any new car in my entire life. We are very easy on our vehicles and usually hardly ever have any problems with them. It is really disappointing as we were planning on keeping this vehicle for at least 5 years, now I'm not to sure if we'll keep it past the warranty period.
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Old 09-24-2004, 09:01 AM   #2
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Do you hear the same noise when moving forward?
Is your foot on the brake when it happens?
What other problems have you had, or have now?
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Old 09-24-2004, 09:16 AM   #3
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Do you hear the same noise when moving forward?
Is your foot on the brake when it happens?
What other problems have you had, or have now?
That's a good question, I think it must happen when the brakes are applied, cause we are backing out of the garage. Do you think it has something to do with the front brakes?

Had to have the RDM replaced. (Hope it stays fixed)
Had to have the drive shaft balanced at a specalty shop in order to stop the vibration at 35 mph.
Had the radio removed and antenna cable moved to stop a rattle.
Had to put in foam spacers in between the headliner and roof to stop a rattle.
Numerous wierd noises like squeeky door handles to weird noises coming from the engine compartment.
To many more to mention and or remember.


Edited to add that my wife love's her Vue.
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Old 09-24-2004, 09:44 AM   #4
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See if you can isolate the sound to the use of the brakes. If it is the brakes, I'd look at the caliper mounting bolts - ASAP!!!!
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I have a clicking sound when I begin driving the vehicle forward (I am not sure about backward). I can say that any time I start the vehicle and go, the front wheels will click 3 times and then stop. I attributed it to something setting itself or readjusting, like the ABS or something...
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I have heard the same noise. I found out that it is the cheap hub covers, they are plastic of course. If you tighten or loosen them the noise will go away. I sprayed on some lithium grease and it seems to help alot.
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Another possibility is the pads rusting to the rotors. This will start with a POP when the vehicle first moves and a grinding/crunching sound as the pads knock off the high spots and clean the rotor... 30 Ft. would do it. If you move the VUE a little and LOOK at the rotor you may see the outline of the pad on the rotor surface. If it is this nothing to do or worry bout many other vehicles do it.

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Old 09-26-2004, 11:32 PM   #8
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I've been paying closer attention and the brakes do not have to be applied for the noise to happen. The noise occurs when going forward or in reverse. The car needs to sit for a little while then when it moves the noise appears.
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The brakes wouldn't necessarily have to be applied. They just barely clear until they are knocked back. If it is the brakes it would start as a grind/scraping with a crunch as the high spots (rust outline of the pad on the rotor) were knocked off.
Good luck tracking it down.

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Old 10-02-2004, 06:42 PM   #10
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Well I found out what is causing the cracking noises. It's those plastic lug nut covers.

I tried to get them off but I couldn't. I didn't want to put to much pressure on them. I tried to unscrew them but they would back out and start spinning but not come off.

Anyway I tightened them tighter than they were and I'll see if that coures it.
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Old 10-02-2004, 07:04 PM   #11
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I just checked the manual the plastic caps don't come off, you loosen all of them then take the center cover off to get to the lugs.

Anyway I hope tightening them cures the noise.
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As I mentioned, tightening may not work. They may need some sort of grease on them to prevent the friction from creating the noise you are hearing.
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As I mentioned, tightening may not work. They may need some sort of grease on them to prevent the friction from creating the noise you are hearing.
Unbelievable...
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What do you expect from a car that is made mostly of plastic? After awhile, you get use to all of the creaks and cracks.
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A H&K P7M8 would work too!!
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A H&K P7M8 would work too!!
That would also work quite nicely
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dpeppe is right on the money. I had the same problem and your hubs have to be replaced and insulated with a seal before installing them. The noise you hear is a loose hub and no amount of tightening will correct it. My dealer repaired it for free.
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