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2007 Pontiac G5 Intermittent Very Loud Clicking Sound from rear pass side


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DarrenEm
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Jul 4, 2014, 4:07 PM

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2007 Pontiac G5 Intermittent Very Loud Clicking Sound from rear pass side Sign In

I was recently driving on the highway at approximately 120 km/h, when a very loud clicking sound began, and sounded like it was coming from my rear passenger side wheel. I first thought something was being dragged or had partially fallen off the car. It reminded me of a flat tire, but had no noticeable change in the feel of the car, and at 120 km/h nonetheless.

After about 30 seconds or so, I was able to pull over on the shoulder of the highway. I visually inspected, but did not notice anything blatantly obvious. I decided to attempt another few hundred feet to re-observe, so I attempted to pull back onto the highway however I ended up applying the brakes and coming to a stop as there were vehicles approaching. During this attempt, the clicking noise was still present.

During my next attempt at accelerating to highway speed, the clicking sound was gone, and I drove the next 50 kms home without issue.

This has led me to believe that my rear brake was possibly stuck on, and the last time I aggressively applied the brakes while on the shoulder of the highway, they unstuck themselves. The reason I am unsure is that there was no noticeable "jerk" or deceleration feel at highway speed. I am not sure if I had applied the brakes slightly before this had initially occurred, but there was traffic ahead of me so I may have had to slow the vehicle. Also, it was a very hot day, if that may be relevant.

Ideas??

Sorry about the long post, but I'd rather include more info than need to post follow up info.

Car = 2007 Pontiac G5, approx 80,000 kms


Hammer Time
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Jul 4, 2014, 10:21 PM

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Re: 2007 Pontiac G5 Intermittent Very Loud Clicking Sound from rear pass side Sign In

So, instead of asking some guy that may be thousands of miles away that can't see your car, why don't you have the car checked and find out what happened?



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DarrenEm
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Jul 5, 2014, 2:42 AM

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Re: 2007 Pontiac G5 Intermittent Very Loud Clicking Sound from rear pass side Sign In


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So, instead of asking some guy that may be thousands of miles away that can't see your car, why don't you have the car checked and find out what happened?


Does that not apply to every person seeking help on this forum? I thought that was the point of the "car troubleshooting" sub -forum. Is there perhaps a more appropriate place for this to be posted?


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 5, 2014, 3:35 AM

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Re: 2007 Pontiac G5 Intermittent Very Loud Clicking Sound from rear pass side Sign In

Sport - Whatever this was happened while you were driving and went away! I don't know of any common mechanical reason for that and would be looking in person for evidence of what the heck could have done that from brakes, other items or maybe marks from possible road debris.


As wonderful as the web and all it's forums, suggestion and info can be I too think this simply has to be looked at for how, what and why it could have happened and that it's safe now that this mystery noise is gone.


Can't think of some textbook, one size fits all reason for this otherwise,


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DarrenEm
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Jul 5, 2014, 3:52 AM

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Re: 2007 Pontiac G5 Intermittent Very Loud Clicking Sound from rear pass side Sign In

Thanks for the reply..

I didn't think I would get an exact, concrete answer. I was just hoping for some possibilities and some suggestions about what to look for when inspecting, since I am very new to this.

I realize I can take it to a shop, but If I run out to a mechanic after every small issue, I'll never learn anything.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 5, 2014, 4:08 AM

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Re: 2007 Pontiac G5 Intermittent Very Loud Clicking Sound from rear pass side Sign In

OK - If you want to look yourself I would check that rear brake. Know that sounds can travel and it could be another place completely from where it sounded.


You can't know much more that pad wear without taking the brake caliper off and check for loose or broken parts. Pads can separate from their backing plates and possible to reset in place and shut up and work fine for a while. Usually a real problem stays broken but since this went away it would be looking for evidence.


By description a clicking noise (it quit when vehicle wasn't moving - right?) would have me looking at things that move when vehicle moves. Wheels first. Heck, one or more might not even be tight?


Road debris? Amazing how much noise so much as a plastic bag can make or some part that was on the road, even some stick/branch or who knows?


I just suggest that suspension and brakes be known OK and look for any strange evidence that is new like scratches or whatever. You may never find anything and can't know if you or a shop doesn't look and check.


If it helps, things like wheel bearings and some others continue to make noise under certain conditions. Since this went away anyone is going to have to hunt and hope to find something or it will remain an unknown something. If it happens again now pay more attention as something really lurks,


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