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So I hear a knocking or possibly a rubbing noise right around the 2300-2600 rpm range. It sounds like it's coming from under the car but hard to say where. Seems as if it's more pronounced on the passenger side from mid cabin to maybe right rear area.

It doesn't matter whether it's in gear or not, it can be heard when car is under load or at a stop in park or neutral, as long as the rpm's don't climb or descend too quick and the throttle can be held at that sweet spot between 2300-2600 rpm's.

My first thought was mechanical like maybe something in the drive train out of balance. But now I'm thinking maybe an exhaust component. Both can change with rpm only. One person who listened to it thought it was more of a popping sound which I think exhaust when I hear the word popping.

The car runs fine otherwise. It does not seem to be affecting the car's performance. Taking it to Dealership on Tues. Just curious to see what the Q60 community thinks or if anyone ever had a similar issue. Car has 32k miles on the odo. 2017 Q60 AWD Red Sport
 

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I wonder what it could be. Is your car modified? Do you have an axleback or a catback? If yes, did you remove the rear under body heat shield in the muffler region?
 

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I wonder what it could be. Is your car modified? Do you have an axleback or a catback? If yes, did you remove the rear under body heat shield in the muffler region?
Negative, zero modifications. I did just have 4 new tires (Driveguards), new brakes front and rear (OEM), plus an all wheel alignment about 5 weeks ago...which at first I thought was possibly the issue somewhere, but I would think because the issue is reproducible in neutral, it wouldn't be any of that. I'll hopefully find out Tues.
 

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Negative, zero modifications. I did just have 4 new tires (Driveguards), new brakes front and rear (OEM), plus an all wheel alignment about 5 weeks ago...which at first I thought was possibly the issue somewhere, but I would think because the issue is reproducible in neutral, it wouldn't be any of that. I'll hopefully find out Tues.
That's very interesting. Let us know what you find.
 

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The noise was discovered to be a fuel line at first. I work for the main company who owns all of their dealerships and work a stones throw from the Infiniti dealership. So I have the luxury of walking into the shop at anytime to speak with the techs.

Tech stated that the fuel lines are routed differently in the Red Sport vs the base 3.0t and 2.0t. He said there is an area of the line that works loose, and at certain rpm taps up against a curve in the fuel tank. They fastened it better and said all was good. And while driving, it appeared to be. Once I got back to the office, I tested in neutral, and the noise was still there, no change.

Took it right back and got with the tech later in the day and although they secured the fuel line better, he now thinks it could be the dampener and/or the fuel pump. The noise stops when he grabs that part of the fuel line (accessible under the rear seat) so he thinks fastening the line helped, but it's the dampener or pump causing the tap at that rpm. It's all one unit so they're installing a brand new one tomorrow morning.

I'm now confident this will fix the issue. They did have 2 other Red Sports with same issue, but I don't think the dampener/fuel pump unit needed to be replaced (just the line fastened better). So if anyone hears a bumping/chatter noise from the right rear wheel area, and you hear it in neutral, it could be that loose fuel line or dampener/pump.

Will update again tomorrow to confirm the new part did in fact resolve this.
 

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Apparently they had to order the dampener which they said should be in tomorrow. This was according to the service advisor, which I thought odd as the tech told me yesterday it was all one unit and they had it in stock. Unless the tech was mistaken or another tech removed the dampener from the unit for another vehicle. Didn't get time to speak with tech, but service advisor said the fuel pump was in stock but not dampener so who knows. Either way I'm waiting for a part. Will update tomorrow
 

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The noise was discovered to be a fuel line at first. I work for the main company who owns all of their dealerships and work a stones throw from the Infiniti dealership. So I have the luxury of walking into the shop at anytime to speak with the techs.

Tech stated that the fuel lines are routed differently in the Red Sport vs the base 3.0t and 2.0t. He said there is an area of the line that works loose, and at certain rpm taps up against a curve in the fuel tank. They fastened it better and said all was good. And while driving, it appeared to be. Once I got back to the office, I tested in neutral, and the noise was still there, no change.

Took it right back and got with the tech later in the day and although they secured the fuel line better, he now thinks it could be the dampener and/or the fuel pump. The noise stops when he grabs that part of the fuel line (accessible under the rear seat) so he thinks fastening the line helped, but it's the dampener or pump causing the tap at that rpm. It's all one unit so they're installing a brand new one tomorrow morning.

I'm now confident this will fix the issue. They did have 2 other Red Sports with same issue, but I don't think the dampener/fuel pump unit needed to be replaced (just the line fastened better). So if anyone hears a bumping/chatter noise from the right rear wheel area, and you hear it in neutral, it could be that loose fuel line or dampener/pump.

Will update again tomorrow to confirm the new part did in fact resolve this.
WOW...very interesting.....i hope i never hear that sound .... :eek:
 

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The issue is now resolved after replacing the fuel pump and damper. The new parts are a bit noisy at idle, like a high pitched hum (which I never had before), but they are new parts so maybe that'll settle down. If not, back to the dealer it goes. But for now, no more thumping noise ☺
 

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The issue is now resolved after replacing the fuel pump and damper. The new parts are a bit noisy at idle, like a high pitched hum (which I never had before), but they are new parts so maybe that'll settle down. If not, back to the dealer it goes. But for now, no more thumping noise ☺
What damper?
 

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Spoke with tech, apparently the fuel pump unit in the back (there is a dampener on that unit) wasn't really the issue. The thumping didn't go away until he replaced the dampener at the motor. It was causing the whole fuel line to vibrate enough on the fuel tank that just securing the line and replacing the unit in the tank wasn't enough to stop it, only lessen the noise.

Thumping still resolved but this new unit in the tank is a bit louder than I expected at start up (kind of a howling sound). It does pretty much go away after driving for a min. I'm hoping the new unit is just noisier than the original and not a bad part...time will tell.

Either way I still have 15k miles left on my factory warranty and the car runs great. I could actually hear the pump on the brand new Q60 loaner they gave me with less than 200 miles on it (that was more of a whine). I guess some pumps can just be a bit noisy at start up. But it's probably just my OCD...I hate my OCD! ?
 
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