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Old 28th September 2014, 16:50   #601
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Apart from the delay in cranking I don't see or hear any other things.

Is there anything specific I should look for?
A delay in cranking does indicate a weak battery.

So try changing it temporarily and see if the sound comes.

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My Cruze is an MT and yes I do press the clutch while starting.
Have you tried starting without the clutch pedal depressed? Did you hear the sound?

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A delay in cranking does indicate a weak battery.

So try changing it temporarily and see if the sound comes.

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Could be a starter motor about to pack up - as well.
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Old 29th September 2014, 11:55   #603
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  1. How is the clutch flywheel connected to a weak battery?
  2. Is this a known issue with the Cruze in regards to batteries dying so quickly?
  3. I have installed Skoda horns, upgraded the headlights to 110/90 with a cut out and two additional rear speakers, would these additions drain out my battery within two years?

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Hi, sorry - saw this thread a bit late!.

My advice is to get your battery checked immediately and replaced if needed. My Cruze MT also had the same issues when my OEM battery went 'weak' within 2.5 years. It does lead to unusual metallic noises during starting including excessive engine shuddering during cranking. I was even advised by an independent expert that it can easily lead to the starter motor solenoid and the engine mounts getting damaged.

I paid 10k for my Exide battery after factoring in the exchange for the old one. Please note that the Cruze battery is a bespoke one and has some attachments on top - this makes the OEM replacement very easy and also makes it difficult to fit other brands/sizes/DIN.

Please check carefully before buying!
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I am off late hearing a funny noise when starting the engine, it basically sounds like "plonk" or say a fall of a steel plate kind of noise.
Does this happen when cranking, or moving away from a standstill? If it's the latter, that is due to the brakes jamming (common occurrence in the monsoons).
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Hi, sorry - saw this thread a bit late!.

My advice is to get your battery checked immediately and replaced if needed. My Cruze MT also had the same issues when my OEM battery went 'weak' within 2.5 years. It does lead to unusual metallic noises during starting including excessive engine shuddering during cranking. I was even advised by an independent expert that it can easily lead to the starter motor solenoid and the engine mounts getting damaged.

I paid 10k for my Exide battery after factoring in the exchange for the old one. Please note that the Cruze battery is a bespoke one and has some attachments on top - this makes the OEM replacement very easy and also makes it difficult to fit other brands/sizes/DIN.

Please check carefully before buying!
Sure, I will probably go later during the day and trying using a service battery from a dealer to check if the noise persists.

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Does this happen when cranking, or moving away from a standstill? If it's the latter, that is due to the brakes jamming (common occurrence in the monsoons).
GTO, this happens when I crank , I don't hear any other noises once the engine is on.

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Have you tried starting without the clutch pedal depressed? Did you hear the sound?


Could be a starter motor about to pack up - as well.
Yes, that's why I asked that question. It would be interesting to check if there is noticeable difference between "cranking with clutch pressed" and "cranking without clutch pressed".
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Like in some other cars, unless one presses down the Cruze clutch the starter will not engage at all. So no way to check this :-)
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That's good. This actually avoids unnecessary load on starter motor (as per my skoda owner manual). Starter motor should be alright then.
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Yes, that's why I asked that question. It would be interesting to check if there is noticeable difference between "cranking with clutch pressed" and "cranking without clutch pressed".
yes sir. that's what's got me thinking if the "clunk" is due to some problem with the pressure plate mechanism... but don't want to jump to conclusions just yet.

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Hi All,

Sorry for the delayed response, as "itwasntme" advised, changing the battery played the trick.

I don't hear any noise while cranking now

But I am still intrigued to know the link between a battery and the clunking noise.

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But I am still intrigued to know the link between a battery and the clunking noise.
If the battery is weak then the starter motor will be struggling to extract the power from the battery to start the engine.

A weak battery will not let the engine start quick delaying and putting load on the motor.

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From few days I am noticing the following:

Whenever I fire up the engine, I hear a metallic 'clunk' kind of noise just before it starts. Also same kind of noise comes when its being shut off. It appears as if the engine is touching something when it shudders/shakes before coming into life or when it is switched off. What could be the reason? Engine mounts?

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Hi Blowhorn,
There is a similar sound in the ford ikon Diesel 1.8D. It is quite annoying but some people have adapted to the sound. The ford Ikon's Engine mounts are very rugged and strong. So you may safely rule out engine mount issues. I have never driven ford cars, but if you find the same sound while driving, do perform a thorough check up of the car.
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Hi, Can anyone tell me what is this? I personally believe many swift, ritz, dzire owners would have faced this problem. Just one week ago I did caliper brakes greasing, drum brakes greasing, wheel alignment, balancing, tyre rotation in the ritz. Now there is a slight grinding sound at times. It is rare. The SA tells me that after caliper brakes greasing and all these jobs, the brakes blend in after 2-3 weeks or 500 kms of driving. Is this true? I did not believe his story. This sound is extremely rare. Maybe some parts of the brake are coming in contact with wheels. Suggestions
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Now there is a slight grinding sound at times. It is rare. The SA tells me that after caliper brakes greasing and all these jobs, the brakes blend in after 2-3 weeks or 500 kms of driving.
SA's will always induce some part noise after a job and pat us on the back saying there's nothing to worry, pretty much the same everywhere.

Coming to your query, is this a front discs rear drums setup? If so where does the noise come from? Usually greasing should not result in any grinding, infact it should make the brakes smoother. If any small stone chip is stuck in the caliper it can make a grinding sound. I do not think brake pads or rotors are worn since the guys at service would've noticed it and informed you. Since it happened after service it may be a small fix. If the noise is a squeal/whistle then it may even be light rust build-up on the discs which can be sanded down. Since the frequency is rare guessing is hard & its best to have them take a look at the entire assembly again when possible, if the grinding continues. Newly occurring grinding/friction noise isn't normal in cars.

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SA's will always induce some part noise after a job and pat us on the back saying there's nothing to worry, pretty much the same everywhere.

Coming to your query, is this a front discs rear drums setup? If so where does the noise come from? Usually greasing should not result in any grinding, infact it should make the brakes smoother. If any small stone chip is stuck in the caliper it can make a grinding sound. I do not think brake pads or rotors are worn since the guys at service would've noticed it and informed you. Since it happened after service it may be a small fix. If the noise is a squeal/whistle then it may even be light rust build-up on the discs which can be sanded down. Since the frequency is rare guessing is hard & its best to have them take a look at the entire assembly again when possible, if the grinding continues. Newly occurring grinding/friction noise isn't normal in cars.
I am reassured. It will be a small thing, as you say. But should I go back to them? Or just get it done from a small stand alone MASS I know. If it is a small fix I may be charged big bucks at a big dealer MASS. Should I take the car immediately or maybe just wait for a week? Just wanted to know if someone else has also faced this peculiar issue in Ritz/Wagon R after 20k service at MASS?

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