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Q: Clanging and scraping noise

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I hear a clanging, scraping noise from back tire area.

A: Hi. Is the noise constant whenever you driv...

Hi. Is the noise constant whenever you drive or when you are applying the brakes? If the noise is constant while driving and changes with vehicle speed, the wheel bearing is most likely the culprit. This bearing allows the wheel to move freely and if it fails, the wheel can lock up which is very dangerous while driving. If the noise only occurs while braking, then then brake pads may need to be replaced. As brake pads get thin, there is a small metal tab that will rub against your rotor to let you know it is time to change the brakes. The metal tab can damage the rotor if left alone for too long and will get more expensive to repair if not done soon. A certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, would be able to lift the wheel up, test the bearing, and inspect your brakes.

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