Clicking noise when braking 2016 prius

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Technical Discussion' started by Hedgecat, Mar 13, 2021.

  1. Hedgecat

    Hedgecat New Member

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    I very recently upgraded from a 2008 prius to a 2016 with 52k miles. Two weeks after I purchased it I noticed a clicking noise from my driver's front side while braking at low speeds. I took it to the dealership I bought it from, not a toyota dealership, and they effectively gave me a huge run around and charged me for stuff that didn't fix the problem. I've been looking around and it seems the general consensus for this problem is to replace the left front cv axle. I told this to the dealership and they told me if it wasn't broke they can't fix it. They've had my car far too long at this point to refuse to make this right and I'm not that interested in making them fix it at this point, I'd rather not give them any more of my business.
    My 2008 had a very similar but not the exact same noise when braking and that went on for over 6 months before I sold the car. I could never figure out what was making that noise before but now I'm suspecting it's the exact same issue I'm having with the 2016.
    My ultimate question comes down to: is this clicking noise an issue that NEEDS to be addressed? On my 2008 it never made a difference in the driveability of the car, was just obnoxious to hear all the time. It seems to be the same case on my 2016. I can handle hearing it if I'm not actually going to cause any unnecessary damage by not addressing it, I just don't know. If anyone can help I appreciate it.
     
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  2. Hedgecat

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    I think I answered my own question. I read through that large thread regarding this issue and it seems to be just an obnoxious noise that doesn't pose any safety risks or further damage to the car? I really hope this is the case.
     
  3. Striker325

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    Yes it does not do any harm. It its the axle of the car. I have a 2016 toyota prius with the same issue that started at 24k miles and I am now at 56k.
     
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  4. Hedgecat

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    Thanks for responding, I appreciate it. It really makes me feel better that I am not the only one with this problem.
     
  5. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

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    My 17 Prime and my wife's 17 trim 2 both make that clicking sound. Doesn't seem to hurt anything. As far as I can tell, most of them do that. And it is annoying, at least to me.
     
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    My 2017 with 74,000km does this same thing and has for quite some time. For a while I thought it was caused by something caught in the brake assembly but after inspecting it, found nothing out of place. The only other thing that makes sense is the CV axle as the source of this common noise. It would be wonderful to know why it happens though...

    Why does it only audibly click while braking at low speed? I'm at loss without having the chance to hold the axle in my hands to figure it out. Since it has not gotten any worse or made the car handle any different compared to brand new, I suspect it is a very minor issue not to be overly concerned with. Definitely annoying though!
     
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    The clicking in my car started around the same mileage.
     
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