Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: grinding or scraping sound coming from the front L wheel.

asked by on

There is a gringing/scraping sound coming from the tire area. It began after a steep turn. The grinding sound increases when making turns and tonight the vehicle began to jerk and I thought I was going to lose control. I'm not sure which side of the tire it is coming from I'm thinking the left side. You can also feel it on the gas pedal. Any ideas what this could be?

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This sounds like the brake pads or bearings...

This sounds like the brake pads or bearings are bad; they could be binding the wheel in the left side. You should have the noise issue inspected and any needed repairs done. A jerking issue could lead to total lock-up of the wheel.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Grinding front drivers was told wheel bearing might be backwards only grinds when going straight not turning

This may be either dragging brake rotors or bad wheel bearings as either of these will cause this kind of grinding sound. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose the grinding sound and...

Q: Gas pedal not working!!!

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 2006 Ford Explorer. Both the throttle body on the engine and the accelerator pedal inside of the vehicle have sensors on them to tell the computer which positions they are in. A...

Q: Check engine light and grinding noise when turning left

Hello. You appear to have a number of issues going on here. The grinding is more than likely from the brakes so the vehicle needs to be put in the air and the brakes inspected. As for the steering problem,...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.