Frontier has been making an awful 'clicking' noise... It's tough to describe and I don't really think 'clicking' is the right word. What it reminds me of (hope this doesn't sound dumb) is when you're riding a roller coaster, going up the very first steep part of the track, very slow where the chain is pulling you up and you can hear it clicking. Except, obviously the clicking is much faster.
I noticed it started doing this a couple weeks ago but it was not very noticeable. Now, maybe due to the cold weather or just that it's gotten worse, it is VERY loud. It's at its worst when I first start the truck up, first thing in the morning or after being at work all day. It continues loudly for a few minutes or so until I get on the highway and then it is very faint again. It seems after it has had time to warm up it gets better.
I Seafoamed it about 1500 miles ago, but it was making the noise before that. Changed the oil about 1400 miles ago. I explained in my newcomers post that I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to getting under the hood, so if you have any input please explain like I'm an idiot. Thanks!
Let me know if anyone needs more info. I took a 10 second video to capture the noise while it was idling that I can put on YouTube or something if that would help also. Thanks again.
Sound clip would be nice. I'm going to guess and say the serpentine belt tensioner and the belt itself are causing the issue. The 2005-2007 Frontiers are infamous for this issue. I think mine went bad around the 140K mark too. Need sound clip to better diagnose the issue though.
Thanks guys, will look into the serpentine belt tomorrow. Ill post the clip too. I watched the one I took earlier and its not as audible because I took it after my drive home from work. Im gonna take a new one in the morning when I start it up so you can hear how bad it is at its worst. Will link to it when I get to work. Really appreciate the help guys
I just did the serpentine belt and tensioner and it didn't sound anything like what you're describing. As another member on here described it, the sound was like a bird chirping under the hood. It's still probably worth it for you to check those out but my bet is that it's something else. Possibly your fan is rubbing on something?
Sorry guys, I said that I'd post a sound clip this morning.. I've taken 3 videos with my phone and in all of them the normal background noise of the engine meshes with the bad noise and you cant hear anything. Probably because I'm videoing it with my POS phone.
Yeah, it definitely does not sound like a bird chirping. Going to replace the belt today though, since I'm way overdue anyways. Can't hurt. I dont know if you ever put baseball cards in the spokes of your bicycle as a kid... That's kind of the noise I'm hearing, but amplified.
Last edited by BradW85; 01-15-2013 at 08:43 AM.
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