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I would like to preface this by saying I am in the medical field and really dislike it when people ask me to diagnose them (usually at a cocktail party).

That being said, here goes:
My Karma is making (insert girly voice here) a "funny noise". I can only describe it as the chassis is creaking. Noise only occurs when starting to move or slowing to a stop. Other than that, the car is running fine. It is about a year and a half old and has 5K miles on it.
Any ideas? Or should I call the flatbed right now?
Thanks!
Martha
 

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Are you turning the wheels at all or just driving straight?

If you're turning, this could very well be the "noisy nuts" (lug nuts) that just about everyone gets. It's fixed one of two ways - you can torque those bad boys down real good to spec or you can get the 'replacement nuts' for the front wheels which come with a magnesium (or some such thing) coating to prevent the noise.
 

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That noise is the parking crawl noise, caused by the backlash between the motors and the RDM shaft.

I have the lugnuts available to get rid of that clicking noise while turning as well.
 

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<That noise is the parking crawl noise, caused by the backlash between the motors and the RDM shaft.>

What is the fix?
 

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Lormax, Are these two different issues ? In other words, the clicking and the parking crawl noise, are they both different issues or the same ?
 

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Lormax, Are these two different issues ? In other words, the clicking and the parking crawl noise, are they both different issues or the same ?
Yes, two completely separate noises.

Wheel clicking comes from the front, solved by the lug nuts. It's more of an annoyance thing than it causing any problems.

The parking crawl noise comes from the RDM/Traction motors in the rear. We've discussed already whether or not this could end up causing problems over time.
 
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