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Postby bbstewbs » 22 May 2007, 16:02

Have noise that comes from the rear end, it is worse if for instance in a parking lot and go over a pothole then it sounds like something is dragging. That noise will go away when you start to drive.(Bear with me being a female) When doing normal driving you might be able to sometimes a noise not a clunking but contstant hum type.
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Postby CancerWagon » 23 May 2007, 23:58

If it's from near the wheels, check to see if the rear brakes are worn down to metal. That is usually accompanied with a strange feeling in the brake pedal.

Also a possibility of a bad bearing or universal joint.
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Postby Harry Flatters » 24 May 2007, 00:24

Normally you'd expect a constant hum to be a bearing. If it's a wheel bearing it might hum more as you load the side with the dodgy bearing up - i.e. making a right turn if the left hand bearing is bad.
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Postby Gordo » 24 May 2007, 09:20

Initially, I would recommend a thorough check of the exhaust and suspension rubbers and bushes.
Then check the oil level.
As has been mentioned, it may be a diff' or wheel bearing on the way out but another possibility may be tyre noise - this will be more apparent on different surfaces.
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Postby bbstewbs » 24 May 2007, 12:42

Thanks guys for your help, I have a friend that is going to check it out for me and I will let you all know.
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Postby Chevette Girl » 30 May 2007, 03:56

Make sure there's fluid in the rear differential too... I've had a noise for about 9 months that my mechanic hasn't been able to track down, I'm thinking now that it might be saggy springs causing the suspension to be at an odd angle and causing something to rub, but originally I thought it was front-end... it wore my winter tyres bald on the inside but not the outside...
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Postby Gordo » 30 May 2007, 07:11

Chevette Girl wrote:Make sure there's fluid in the rear differential too... I've had a noise for about 9 months that my mechanic hasn't been able to track down, I'm thinking now that it might be saggy springs causing the suspension to be at an odd angle and causing something to rub, but originally I thought it was front-end... it wore my winter tyres bald on the inside but not the outside...


Check the diff' isn't bent - unless you're driving on highly cambered roads, the tyres should wear evenly - may also be dead wheel bearings.
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Postby Chevette Girl » 07 Aug 2007, 02:00

Got the shocks changed, no more bald insides of tyres. I dunno, it made sense at the time...
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