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Old 20 Jun 2005, 05:03 pm
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Don't you just hate trying to explain a noise on a message board!!??

I am getting a "scraping" sound from my drivers side front wheel (at least that's where it sounds like it's coming from). I thought it had something to do with my brakes needing to be replaced. I changed rotors and pads this weekend and the sound is still there. The sound is speed related and sounds like metal lightly scraping metal on it's way around each time (it's not very loud). The sound does not go away or change when turning.

I'm thinking something may be warped. My drivers side outside pad was almost completely gone, the other three were just about to hit the "squealer" tab. Or maybe this is normal?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 21 Jun 2005, 02:22 am
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did you look on the inside of your wheel? any contact there should show up.

also look and make sure nothing is contacting your axles
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Old 21 Jun 2005, 10:51 am
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There are no visible marks anywhere that I can see. I looked everywhere when the wheels were off for the brake change. Thanks!
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I am guessing CV Joint
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The uneven wear indicates a sticking caliper and/or slider. A very light sound can be caused by the dust shield. Make sure the lug nuts are torqued properly. I've heard wheels squeek from uneven torque. Jack up that wheel and see if it still happens without load. If you still can't find it, check the hub bearing.
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Old 22 Jun 2005, 02:13 pm
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Thanks. I will check out the previous suggestions and report back with any findings. Thanks!
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Old 23 Jun 2005, 04:11 pm
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I would like to add that the sound does not go away when the brakes are applied. Not sure if this changes anything, just wanted to post for future reference.
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check the dust shield
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Old 07 Jul 2005, 01:13 pm
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Where is the dust shield?
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Old 07 Jul 2005, 07:17 pm
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Try moving the wheel to another axle, and move the lug nuts along with it. If the noise moves with the wheel then it's probably a problem with the wheel.

I just spent 4 months trying to figure out what was causing a scraping/squeeking sound, and it turned out it was a problem with my new American Racing wheels or the lug nuts that came with them. Same sort of problem you describe where the sound didn't go away when braking.

Do you have stock Chrysler OEM wheels, or after market wheels? If after market, do they have hub-centric rings? Aperently those can casue problems too.

My problem went away when Sears gave me my money back for the American Racing Wheels and I bought new ASA wheels.
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