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Slight metal rubbing sound - front end- a little worse when turn right.

Slight metal rubbing sound - front end- a little worse when turn right. Any guesses before I get it up on lift? I had tge brakes and whole front end redone including rotors --- when I bought the car just last year & 15,000 miles ago.
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Wheel bearing?
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Check the left-side rotor shield to see if it’s rubbing the rotor. Sometimes they get bent, and they can also thicken with rust and start rubbing. If this is the problem, it makes noise when you turn right because it hangs down beside the lower side of the rotor, and turning right puts stress on the bottom of the left wheel to tilt the bottom of the rotor a little bit towards the shield. If that’s the problem, just bend the shield away from the rotor about 1/8”. Also scrape off any thick rust. Check the shield on the right side also and adjust pre-emptively.

Rubbing rotor tends to make a high pitch squeal. Bad bearings tend to make a low pitch humming noise.


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Great - that reminds me that my mechanic either removed or bent one when he did the brakes - this is now likely the other one. - can I get to it by crawing under the car - or is it a lift only "wheel off" thing? I have a fix a flat guy too...

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Check the left-side rotor shield to see if it’s rubbing the rotor. Sometimes they get bent, and they can also thicken with rust and start rubbing. If this is the problem, it makes noise when you turn right because it hangs down beside the lower side of the rotor, and turning right puts stress on the bottom of the left wheel to tilt the bottom of the rotor a little bit towards the shield. If that’s the problem, just bend the shield away from the rotor about 1/8”. Also scrape off any thick rust. Check the shield on the right side also and adjust pre-emptively.

Rubbing rotor tends to make a high pitch squeal. Bad bearings tend to make a low pitch humming noise.
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IIRC, it would be kind of difficult to get to it without removing the wheel because the frame sits so low, and I think the rotor, etc., is recessed a good bit into the cavity of the wheel. But it might be worth crawling under there and taking a look to see if it’s accessible.

Be safe! Use jack stands if you remove the wheel.

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jack up it, and use a screw driver, or pliers to bend the shield back... shouldn't be a big deal.
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As it turned out - my mechanic had removed both left & right when I had the brakes done a year back. They also could not find anything - the rear wheel makes a bit of a rubbing sound when spun - however I thought it was coming from the front. The owner even took a ride with me - but as to be expected nothing. Next day I hear it again when turning left on highways - if fast moving. My mechanics let me supply parts - should I buy an OEM wheen bearing to have handy if it fails soon? Again thanks for all the help everyone.
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If it's related to one of the rear wheels it might be something to do with the parking brake hardware within the "Hat" section of Brake Rotor. Those parking brake pads have been known to de-laminate or separate from the backing. Should have the rear rotors removed and those areas inspected. However the pronounced noise when changing directions is a common wheel bearing symptom also.
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Hot in NYC today but I will get them to check the parking brake - I never use it - maybe I should put it on and off a few times. Does going in reverse adjust it - or was that just drum brakes ... anyway, obviously if they are de-laminating then those pads just need to be replaced.

Also just now while moving my car for street sweeping - I noticed a clunking noise while turning the wheels while parked. Is this sound normal - it's not happening at either far end (stops) but rather it is happening in the middle of my turning of the wheel and it feels & sounds like it's coming from under the driver's feet. Please see my youtube link below...

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If it's related to one of the rear wheels it might be something to do with the parking brake hardware within the "Hat" section of Brake Rotor. Those parking brake pads have been known to de-laminate or separate from the backing. Should have the rear rotors removed and those areas inspected. However the pronounced noise when changing directions is a common wheel bearing symptom also.

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In the front between the rotor and the tie rod is a dust shield that can be bent back with a large screwdriver when there is large runout on them
or anything else that can happen.
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In the front between the rotor and the tie rod is a dust shield that can be bent back with a large screwdriver when there is large runout on them
or anything else that can happen.
See post nos. 3 and 6. The rotor shields on these cars are only about 3 inches wide and hang straight down, so they don’t go as high as the tie rod.
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