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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, The dreaded clicking front wheels in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Hello all, I know there have been many posts about the clicking front wheel issue. Is the latest remedy to ...
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    ta70raiii is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    The dreaded clicking front wheels

    Hello all,

    I know there have been many posts about the clicking front wheel issue. Is the latest remedy to simply replace the lug nuts with a different set and ensure they are properly torqued?

    I will be heading to the dealer for my first oil change soon, and I'd like to raise this issue while I am there. Any information is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Tom

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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    My car came from the factory with the new lug nuts and they have recently started clicking.

    That said, yes, the latest solution is the new lug nuts and correct torquing.

    I'm lucky in that because I switch wheel sets for winter and spring, I get the lug nuts correctly torqued twice a year, so I don't worry about it. In any case the clicking is an annoyance, not a safety issue.

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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    I always ask the same questions........... Do we KNOW what the torque is by the dealership or anyone else? When did they last have their torque wrench certified? Do they use the proper lube on the threads to get the correct torque? My point is that watch it done yourself with a wrench, and a procedure, that you are sure of.

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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    Just do this yourself.

    I took info from 2 others here and the forum and combined them and they work great together. Credit goes to those 2. I forget their names. I want to thank them again.

    1. Use hydraulic jack to lift car

    2. Clean wheels and rotor hat

    3. Apply a very thin layer of lithium grease to wheel and rotor hat mating surfaces. Very thin.

    4. With the wheel in the air, gently tighten lug nuts till they just begin to seat.

    5. Torque in star pattern to 40 lb/ft with wheel in the air. Then torque to 50, 60, 70 as much as you can with wheel in air. Depends how strong you are.

    6. When you can't do it in the air no more, lower the car till the wheel just barely touches the ground. Barely. Torque in 10 lb/ft increments. If you have to lower the car if the wheel starts spinning at the higher torque values, do so.

    7. Torque up to 140 lb/ft

    8. Drive car. Allow for one heating/cooling cycle. Re-torque to 140 lb/ft.

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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    Fortunately, mine have never clicked. I did a preemptive strike when my V was brand new. I checked the torque, and they were all over the place on delivery. Backed them all off one at a time, and torqued to 140 pounds in a star pattern. 2 years, never a problem...

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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by ta70raiii View Post
    Hello all,

    I know there have been many posts about the clicking front wheel issue. Is the latest remedy to simply replace the lug nuts with a different set and ensure they are properly torqued?

    I will be heading to the dealer for my first oil change soon, and I'd like to raise this issue while I am there. Any information is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Tom
    Please keep us informed on how your visit to the dealership goes, Tom. We're available to you to answer any questions you may have about the process or to check into things further if you feel you need additional support.

    Sarah (Assisting Laura and Greg)
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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Cust Svc View Post
    Please keep us informed on how your visit to the dealership goes, Tom. We're available to you to answer any questions you may have about the process or to check into things further if you feel you need additional support.

    Sarah (Assisting Laura and Greg)
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    If there is a 'process' to fix the clicking that you know of, can you just tell all of us here in this thread? When I first found this site, I was impressed that Cadillac had representatives on the board but I have yet to see a single solution posted by a rep here. I've even PM'd you guys about issues and never heard back with anything constructive aside from offering to make a service appointment for me.

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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    Just went through this and it is well covered in this thread. 140lbs, cleaning the mating surfaces and a light coat of lithium will solve it. Went by my dealership to tease the service manager and he said they now have the TSB telling them to change the lug nuts and torque to 140. Enjoy.

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    Re: The dreaded clicking front wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
    If there is a 'process' to fix the clicking that you know of, can you just tell all of us here in this thread? When I first found this site, I was impressed that Cadillac had representatives on the board but I have yet to see a single solution posted by a rep here. I've even PM'd you guys about issues and never heard back with anything constructive aside from offering to make a service appointment for me.

    Spearfish25 (Assisting no one but hoping Laura and Greg are having a nice weekend off as their work on this site must be exhausting)
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    Hello Alex,

    We are not certified technicians and cannot provide any technical advice. We are here to assist and stay involved while working with your dealership. We rely on our certified GM dealerships as our eyes and ears in the field towards resolving vehicle concerns. We are here to provide direction to customers by answering warranty and recall information, questions about features and getting them in contact with the appropriate team to further address any question or concern. I apologize if you feel you have not received helpful information or answers from us. We are here to assist our customers the best we can by utilizing our resources available.

    Sincerely,

    Laura M.
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