Here’s Why Your Cadillac XT5 May Have A Front-End Rattle Or Clunking Noise15
General Motors has provided a solution to the front end rattle or clunking sound that affects some 2020 to 2023 model-year Cadillac XT5 units.
According to a recent post on the GM Techlink service website, a “rattle or clunk sound may be heard at the front of the vehicle on some” 2020-2023 model-year Cadillac XT5 vehicles. This problem may be related to a loose strut or sway bar, GM says, however it may also be the result of “a loose, mispositioned or improperly torqued cradle brace.” The cradle brace is a flat bar that is bolted across the center of the engine cradle (labeled #1 in the diagram below).
GM service technicians will be able to determine if the rattle or clunk sound is coming from the cradle brace, as opposed to a loose suspension component, by removing the cradle brace and getting behind the vehicle for a short period, while driving over small bumps or executing turning maneuvers. If the sound is no longer heard, it’s likely it was due to a loose or misaligned cradle brace.
To fix this problem, service technicians will re-install the cradle brace and ensure the bolts are torqued to spec. GM also notes the fasteners used on the cradle brace at single-use torque-to-yield fasteners, so the technicians must use new fasteners when tightening the brace back down to ensure it does not come loose again in the future.
This problem may affect 2020 to 2023 model-year Cadillac XT5 crossovers, as well as other C1XX-platform GM crossovers from certain model years, such as the Chevy Traverse, Chevy Blazer and GMC Acadia.
The first-generation Cadillac XT5 went on sale for the 2017 model year. Production of the 2023 Cadillac XT5 started at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee on June 10th, 2022.
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I haven’t heard any clunky or rattling sounds from my 2022 XT5, however, I’m experiencing a whistle sound that becomes very evident at 2 key points. Namely 63 klms and 95 klms per hour. I don’t know what is causing it, but it is very annoying to say the least!
Has anyone else experienced this?
Make sure all the windows are all the way up.
Yep, that was the first thing we checked as well as the sunroof seal too! Still the whistle blows!
Crack a window open and if the whistle stops its a doorseal or push an a closed door and check for a whistle.
No excuses for this problem in this expensive new Cadillac XT5. I guess this is the true meaning of owning a “CLUNKER”. 🤨
I have a 2013 CTS that makes a squeeky bed spring sound in colder weather when you drive over a bump or dip. Does anyone have any ideas as to the cause?
MY name is James Abello. I have 2021 Cadillac XT5. 17,450 miles Last August 4 2022. My car broke down and Fuel Leak. Why I never have before brand new car broke down. I though Cadillac well make but Fuel leak not well make should be STEEL . Anyway I went to North Bay Cadillac they fix the car. The Labor is Awful they charge $975.00 just 5 hours fix it. Th e Labor too High price. This is lease car. Thank you
Why did you have to pay? Your vehicle shouod be under warranty coverage.
North bay Cadillac is good quality dealership. Sure you pay a high labor rate but the training these technicians need to keep your vehicle in tip top shape is not cheap. Let’s support GM and the there Dealerships
We’re going to get a “front end clunking” article for everything GM makes, aren’t we?
Just purchased an XT6 in January , 2022 Premium Luxury. Some extras. Long story short, The quality control has really gone down hill. Had paint peeling, Interior parts missing, Braking system really stinks. Rear driver side door, trim is held on by tape Also sway bar recall. I’ve only logged 800 miles, It’s actually my wife’s car. I read that Design and Engineering moved to China, in 2014/2015 and it shows in all aspects of the vehicle. I most likely will never purchase another GM vehicle after these 2 go away. I really dread the thought what kind of reliability I’ll get. My last Cadillac XTS I owned it for 7-8 years with no problems. This is my third Cadillac, but, probably 15 GM products. Good luck with your squeak, rattles, and air leak. Haven’t driven mine enough for (I’m sure) more issues to appear. God Bless you all, and good Lu ck.
Purchased a 2020 XT6 with warranty in February 2022 by trading our 2018 XT5. The XT6 has been in repair service twice since then and only has 25,000 miles. It has currently been at Cadillac local shop since early June. I’ve been without my car for over 2 months while they try to figure out what the engine noise is. And, no loaner vehicle is available. This is our 3rd Cadillac since 2016 but will probably be our last. It’s definitely not the value it used to be.
I’m looking a complete spare tire kit for my 2019 xt5