my wife complained about “strange sound” today…
2013 Nissan Sentra SR, 41K miles
sound comes from the front, and it is like some engine or transmission part is tapping against some body/undercarriage part: partially like rattling, partially like flapping and it looks to be in line with RPM, not with car speed
sound is NOT speed-dependent, I’ve also eliminated possibility of loose lug nuts, CV joints are smooth, front bearings show no signs of binding or looseness.
struts are in good shape, not leaking, stabilizer bar joints are in good shape, no loose parts found in suspension so far (spent 15 minutes under the car pushing/pulling every part imaginable)
problem appears only when car is decelerating, gets much noisier when gently braking
I’ve made an experiment with shifting “gear” (it’s CVT really) to “Low” to simulate engine braking and it made LOUD racket at that time. backing up to my driveway (which has substantial incline) did not make any “problematic sound”… not sure how one goes with another
the problem appeared suddenly, it was no warnings or lesser noise before
overall, car was maintained before to last long, but on such a low mileage it was not much yet to do
the only idea I have so far is a lower engine moint, which seem to be within 1/2 inch to the next metal part, but I can not apply enough force on it to make it “tap” the metal undercarriage part next to it
any ideas guys?!