Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Metal-rubbing noise from back-left tire area

asked by on

My car is having a strange noise from the rear. It is like a metal-rubbing sound. There is no screech and no grinding; just a metal-rubbing sound. I have been told that it might be the ball joint. The sound is coming primarily from the back-left tire area. What is your diagnosis and what should I do in order to get this problem fixed? Thank you.

A: Hey there, thanks for writing in about your...

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2000 Saturn LS. The ball joint and the lower control arm work together in connection with the alignment of your car. When either of these two components are not working correctly or become worn out, this can cause the noise that you are experiencing in addition to the abnormal tire wear. If you need help having this checked, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the noise and let you know what fixes will help.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Rubbing sound when starting

Hello. I'm sorry to hear about the accident. If everything was shifted upwards, as you mentioned, then a problem can exist from a number of parts. If the noise occurs when starting, then the exhaust may have been pushed up...

Q: Popping noise when turning the car

Hi and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There are 2 main causes for this popping sound. First off, your tie rod end needs to be replaced. A quick check for this is if you notice that when you turn...

Q: My cars motor overly shakes and has no power once it heats up

Hello. Sorry to hear of the difficulty that you are having with your 2003 Saturn. If there is a silver lining, it is the fact that your Check Engine Light is on (CEL) meaning that Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC's) have...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...