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I have a Nissan Almeira Tino automatic 2005. It makes a slight

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I have a Nissan Almeira Tino automatic 2005. It makes a slight knocking/clonking sound when I slow to stop at traffic lights and take of from stationary. It is intermittent based on journeys. Once it starts it will continue for the whole journey. Other times I hear nothing. The knock can occur as I press the break, and release it, but equally will knock a few times as I slowly accelerate off. I have had it checked by 2 garages and they can't find anything. once garage took it for a drive and heard the sound, but still could not see a problem when they raised the car and checked underneath.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Jake replied 4 years ago.

DSMtuner :

hey there

DSMtuner :

when you do get the knocking sound.

DSMtuner :

does it increase with vehicle speed?

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

No it stops

DSMtuner :

So it only happens when braking?

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

It only happens when coming to a standstill and taking off. Sometimes my foot is on the brake and sometimes on the accelerator

DSMtuner :

So it's happening coming to a stop and accelerating froma stop

DSMtuner :

and only sometimes correct?

DSMtuner :

you say its kind of a knocking sound?

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

Once it starts it can happen for a 2 hour journey. Another time I cannot hear it

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

It feels like a mechanical knock but not from the engine itself

DSMtuner :

ok, I see.

DSMtuner :

so like my previous question i asked in teh beginning.

DSMtuner :

since it does happen while driving when it starts

DSMtuner :

like you just said for a 2 hour journey

DSMtuner :

does the knocking sound increase speed as the vehicle increases speed

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

no it stops

DSMtuner :

you just said it can happen for a 2 hour journey?

DSMtuner :

i am not understanding correctly

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

only when I stop and lights and take off

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

sorry at lights

DSMtuner :

ok, now where on the same page

DSMtuner :

thank you for clarifying

DSMtuner :

This could be a few things, but the things that seem consistant are this

DSMtuner :

if its happening when accelerating and braking only

DSMtuner :

then its happening when the vehicle weight shifts putting load on or off the front/rear suspension

DSMtuner :

and when the calipers are closed

DSMtuner :

via braking or initial acceleration

DSMtuner :

does th sound come more from under car / under hood

DSMtuner :

or does it sound like from the wheel well area

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

Sounds like under front end somewhere

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

but even when I brake very gently so the weight does not appear to shift and accelerated very slowly it happens

DSMtuner :

thanks that's good info also

DSMtuner :

since that's the case

DSMtuner :

do you get any shimmy or feeling in the steering wheel?

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

I have to go and collect my baby from the childminder now, what do I do, can this continue later? No movement in steering, maybe a faint feeling in the pedals as the noise occurs

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

I really have to go

DSMtuner :

Ok, you need to inspect the front rotors and make sure there is not a cracked one

DSMtuner :

or a seizing slide pin

DSMtuner :

then check the ball joint on the front arms

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

Can I rate this low as I do not know if the answer is correct and pay you if it turns out to be the case?

DSMtuner :

as they might be knocking when your braking and acceling

DSMtuner :

a low rating is permanent

DSMtuner :

please don't rate me low

DSMtuner :

you can always return and ask more questions

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

I can't pay for something that may turn out to not be the problem

DSMtuner :

i am sorry your in a hurry, but my rating should not suffer

DSMtuner :

like i said

DSMtuner :

you can return at anytime

DSMtuner :

and ask more questions

DSMtuner :

i will not close this question

DSMtuner :

but please do not leave a low rating

DSMtuner :

i can only work off information you give me

DSMtuner :

remember i am not at the car

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

But I did not realise I had to rate you now when I signed up, I wanted to see if the advise was correct first

DSMtuner :

your username and password

DSMtuner :

was emailed to you

DSMtuner :

you can use that to log in later

DSMtuner :

and we can continue then

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

So can I rate you in a week once I take it to a garage with these suggestions?

DSMtuner :

I'm here to give you professional advice

DSMtuner :

but a knocking on braking or acceleration is a very broad symptom

DSMtuner :

and yes you can rate me later if you wish

DSMtuner :

but please don't rate me low now based off being in a hurry

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

ok, I will rate you after Thursday and ask the Garage to check these items. Thank you

DSMtuner :

your welcome

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

are you there now?

JACUSTOMER-2oe0r315- :

are you here now?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

hello, are you there?


 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

hello, I would like to continue our conversation from the other day


 

Expert:  Jake replied 4 years ago.
Hi there, how can I help ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

are you there?


 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

hello

Expert:  Jake replied 4 years ago.
It emails me when you reply.

So just ask whatever it is you need and I will log in and reply.