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Old 09-11-2003, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2001 and for the life of me and my mechanic, we can't figure out where this noise is coming from. It started on the passenger side front and rear, when I had new tires put on it changed to the driver's side. It is a loud grating noise at slow speeds forward or backward. Goes away after you hit 3rd. Its intermitant but very noticable, of course, it never does it when I bring it in to the shop. My neighbor suggested something called brake drag. Any ideas?
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Wow..never heard of this one before..I can get a hold of our ex-bmw mechanic if you want..
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Thanks for your input, any ideas are welcome. It is the damndest thing and driving me nuts. I bought the car used a year ago and now it seems like its falling apart!!! We did find out that it is definitely coming from the brakes, both front and back. Had my neighbor lie down in the street and listen!! Its going in for its 20K servicing next week, so hopefully they'll figure it out.
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Took it into the shop and it came out noise free. They couldn't find the noise, it didn't do it when we took a test drive with the mechanic. Made them tear down all four wheels and the e-brake, also had them check the suspension, too. They couldn't find anything. Go figure. I'll give it a week to see if it comes back and then I'm going to find an independent mechanic.
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i have the same problem with noise at low speeds coming from the front passenger side. seems to get louder in a left hand turn = more force on the wheel bearing i assume. with the car up in the air, the weight is off the wheels. you can spin the bearings all you want and not get any noise. put the car back down and what do you know - noise! i think i may replace the wheel bearing and see - but since it looks like a captive aseembly, it may not be a cheap job.....
anyone else?
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