Frontera problem with Auto backlash

Submitted: Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 02:08
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I have recently purchased a 99 Fontera SE Auto with 95k on the clock. It has a soft type backlash/clunk feel when stopping or starting. Dosn't happen all the time. I was wondering if anyone else has experianced something like this as the Holden dealer I bought it off said "It's normal. An inherant problem with Frontera's".
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Reply By: Savvas - Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 10:32

Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 10:32
Nearly all auto Jackaroo's do the same. I've heard lots of theories on it, but nothing concrete.

It occurs on mine only on hard braking and when releasing brakes after a sudden stop. Some guys on an Isuzu Trooper forum seem to think that it's the lock-up torque converter releasing, but I don't buy that explanation.

I actually don't think it's within the auto, but may have something to do with the engine and transmission mounts.
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Reply By: Cruiser - Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 17:30

Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 17:30

I am on my 3rd Frontera (2003 model, as I have them as a Company Vehicle). We only keep them until 15,000kms hence the number I have been through. Each of them has been a manual and the backlash becomes more noticable as the Km's rack up. I notice it the most when changing from car to car as it does not become noticable unitl about 5000kms.


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Reply By: Dave - Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 21:20

Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 21:20
I have 2000 frontera se auto and it has always had the same symptoms since new. Mainly when you stop and start, doesnt seem to be a problem or effect the vehicles performance in any way. You can get used to it and drive off in a way that it doesnt happen though. Vehicles done almost 50k without a glitch, probably 20K offroad. Very happy
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Reply By: scottie - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 04:14

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 04:14
Thanks to everyone who replied. Much appreciated. Very helpful. Love te site
thanks again

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Reply By: Member - Richard- Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 13:30

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 13:30
Just to confirm I have the same "problem" on my 2002 SE Frontera. My dealer, Hunter Holden in Sydney, said there were no problems with the car. It almost feels like a brake is sticking and releasing. Did you see my post regarding the heat on the transmission tunnel. I am beginning to think a concerted effort with Holden through Department of Fair Trading may be the way to go. By the way I like the car, its just the right size and goes where ever the others go, - to date!. My only whinge is the fuel consumption.Richard and Leonie, The grey nomads.
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