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ToastedMarshmellow

Chronic Front Strut Issues

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Just frustrated and wondering if anyone is in the same boat -

 

In mid-2016 I noticed a squeaking emanating from the front of my 2017 Chevy Spark (5k miles on the ODO) when traveling at low speed over speed humps. Within a week it become commonplace when traveling over speed bumps, the gutter into my driveway or even traveling down uneven pavement.  Took the car in, drove the service guy around to hear the noise in the dealership parking lot (took all of 2 minutes to make it clear I wasn't hearing things).  Turned out to be an issue with one of the struts, and it was replaced under warranty.  At the time I was concerned, that although I'm not anywhere near fluent in automobiles, it didn't seem to matter if I approached a change in pavement from the right or left, the same noise would result - how could the issue have been only 1 of 2 struts?  Anyways, I deferred to their expertise.

 

In early 2017 (11k on the ODO), the noise began again.  This time, I tried another dealership closer to home (having gone to the dealer I bought the car from an hour away the first time).  The service tech declined to ride with me in the vehicle, but said they would update me on what they found ASAP.  After a tech drove my vehicle half an hour later, I was told that they couldn't replicate the noise, but that they would get it on a lift and check anyway.  Reporting back shortly thereafter, I was told that the issue was a broken strut mount and the vehicle was unsafe to drive.  Again, covered under warranty, and given a rental for 2 weeks as I had to wait for the part.

 

Now I'm sitting at 16k on the ODO and the noise has started again today.  While I think I will receive good service when I go to my next service appointment, it's very frustrating that this is a recurring issue.  So I'm curious - has anyone else dealt with this issue on their newest-gen Spark?  Did I get a lemon?  Is it my driving situation?  I rarely ever have a 2nd person in the car, I'm not hauling cement around town - the Spark is my daily commuter, that's it.  

 

I really don't want to have to consider ridding myself of my Spark before the warranty expires - I do love the car otherwise.

 

 

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