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A few weeks ago, I noticed a knocking sound coming from the rear end.
This is not the common clicking sound. The clicking sound was fixed a couple months prior. The knocking sound primarily happened during slow speeds, between 15-20mph while accelerating or slowing down. The knock was loudest going over bumps or shifting from reverse to drive.
I took the Armada in last week and they kept it for 3 days. On the 3rd day they figured out what the problem was. While driving the Armada back and forth in the shop and having someone walk along side the SUV they concluded that it was a loose rear sway bar. The sway bar nut or bolt or whatever is used to attach the sway bar to the rear was loose and not functioning properly. After they replaced the sway bar, the noise is gone and the Armada now handles and feels tight once again...like a new SUV.
By the way, the Armada was purchased in May 2005.

Take Care.

Gui123tar
 

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Glad they fixed it, sucks it wasn't right to begin with. ;)
 

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Thanks for the information. I have had a knocking noise in the rear and it was driving me crazy. It was an inconsistat knock but similar simptoms to yours. The information you gave is a good place for me to check. I had never thought about the sway bar linkage. Thans again.
 

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Glad that your dealer actually spent time to investigate your issue. 3 days is nothing if they found the problem. My dealer won't do jack S*** when I told them I have shimmy on my steering wheel.

Also glad you got your problem fix. :excellent
 

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I may have to check into this. I have noticed upon acceleration, with my window down that I have a stange creaking noise comming from underneath the vehicle. It's been driving me nuts! Sounds like a creeking leaf spring, except there aren't any leaf springs to make the noise. I guess I will start by checking nuts and bolts on the sway bars. Thanks for sharing. :)
 

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RUN2 said:
I may have to check into this. I have noticed upon acceleration, with my window down that I have a stange creaking noise comming from underneath the vehicle. It's been driving me nuts! Sounds like a creeking leaf spring, except there aren't any leaf springs to make the noise. I guess I will start by checking nuts and bolts on the sway bars. Thanks for sharing. :)
Almost guarantee you its the hubs. I had the exact same noise and brought it in last Thurs. THey replaced both rear hubs. Nissan says per TSB.
 

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Thanks for the advice Andy, I will have to look up the TSB. I have to take it back to the dealer anyway. My only real problem is that everytime they try to fix something they screw smething else up in the process. :mad:
 

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RUN2 said:
Thanks for the advice Andy, I will have to look up the TSB. I have to take it back to the dealer anyway. My only real problem is that everytime they try to fix something they screw smething else up in the process. :mad:
No kidding. The first time I brought it in, they scratched up my hood. It looks like they used my hood for a table.

I thought the TSB for the noise was just to grease to hubs. But the dealer I went to replaced them out. Either way, noise is gone.

Good luck!
 

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No kidding. The first time I brought it in, they scratched up my hood. It looks like they used my hood for a table.
I took the Mada in for the cabin boom TSB, the got grease on my headliner, epoxy on 2nd row leather, and in carpet under 2nd row seats, then scratched rear interior plastic panel. They tried to remove grease with carpet cleaner, only moderately successfull. Couldn't get glue out of leather, having to order new seat. Ordered new plastic panel, went in for install, and they cracked the panel underneath it, where interior cargo hooks mount, and destroyed panel in the opposite side of the rear. Then after all that they tried to say that they didn't do any of the damage. :mad:
 

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I had the Booming Noise TSB done my Mada back in June and When they put it back in the managed to put a hole in it so before I picked it up they already ordered a entire new headliner and Installed it flawlessly the second time around.
 

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The biggest improvement I noticed once the sway bar was replaced was that the ride of the Armada was much better. The SUV responded more and handled turns much better.
Given the Armada's size and expecially the height, the sway bar, when working properly, really does it job well.
 
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