Q: Rear passenger wheel making crunching sound

asked by on February 05, 2017

While driving at 40mph heard a clunk, like I ran over something (but did not). Checked to see if I had a blowout. Tire looked fine. Continued another 100 yards and could hear scrapping sound. At stop sign, shifted into first (its a manual), and experienced loud metal to metal crunching sound when I moved forward. Reversed about 5 feet, didn't hear anything. Engaged first gear and rolled forward to again hear metal to metal crunching. Turned car off. At idle, or when car is off, can shift thru gears with no noticeable noises.

My car has 168000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Possible causes of such noise are wheel bearings, a stuck brake caliper or seized sliding pins on the caliper torque plate, brake dust plate interference, loose caliper or torque plate, suspension interference with the body, and trapped foreign material in and around rotating components of the axle. In difficult cases, remote wireless microphones, known as chassis ears, can be used to determine if the noise is coming from the left or the right. If you want the origin of the noise pinpointed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right to your location, please request a chassis noise diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

When should I sell my car

If you perform your own repairs, or can obtain repairs at a "reasonable" cost, the answer is never if your objective is to minimize your total cost of transportation services. The economically useful life of a motor vehicle only ends...

Catalytic converter turning bright red

You have two valve cover gaskets, one for each bank of cylinders. They should both be replaced at the same time. The left bank(front) is much easier and there are less parts to remove. The right bank(rear) is more involved...

Car alarm keeping car from starting

You will have to put the key in the door lock and lock/unlock the door manually with the key. Turn the key to the unlock position and see if the alarm stops sounding. If this doesn't work, you may have...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Have Kids
Once Once you have kids, the kind of car you have becomes very important. Suddenly, the amount of space, entertainment features, reliability, safety, and easy to clean interior become the top priorities. Here’s a list of vehicles meant to satisfy...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
More More and more manufacturers are offering their most popular passenger cars in hybrid models, and America’s top-selling passenger car is no exception. The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is fuel-efficient, comfortable, and convenient. Key Features The upgraded HSD (hybrid synergy...
Why Does My AC Rattle When I Turn It On?
Common reasons why a car AC system makes a rattling noise is due to a failing AC compressor, worn serpentine belt, or worn out AC compressor clutch.