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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-15-2013, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Loud Clicking Noise In Rear Wheel

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Just wondering if anyone has had a loud clicking noise in there rear wheels?

I had new tires installed and when I was driving out of parking lot...a LOUD clicking noise in drivers side rear started... that was not there when before I dropped it off.
It happens when I make a right turn......

Anyway...I pulled it back into the shop and they checked it out pretty thoroughly while I was watching.

They put it up on lift and did the following:

Spun wheel ...no noise
Took off wheel cover and test drove noise still there...

Back on lift:
Removed wheel inspected tire for screws..clean
Switched right rear to left rear and test drove noise still there...

Back on lift:
Removed wheel, drum and inspected brakes OK and test drove noise still there...

They are saying it's a wheel bearing cause they don't have any other answer....but wheel bearings from my experience will whine,hum but not loud clicking.

Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-15-2013, 08:54 AM
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If they checked everything else, it only leaves the bearing eventhough the Cobalt is not known for failing rear bearing it could happen I suppose. Is it a click per wheel rotation?

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Yes that's what Goodyear thought also...

And no correlation to rotation of wheels....

Sound stayed on drivers rear

On my way to pep boys....wish me luck

I think I'll be bringing it to dealer
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You probably have a broken ball bearing. That would make it snap everytime it hits the bottom of the race.

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Would a broken ball bearing only make noise when..?
1. Turn right
2. Apply Emergency Break

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I don't think so!!!
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The weight is going to fall on left where bearing rear drivers side will make more noise. If you have a noise while applying parking brakes then I would check brakes again.

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Funny you said that....
My thought exactly....
I convinced Pep Boys put it back up on the lift to simulate the noise...
Applied parking brake and rotated tire..
Found cracked parking break cable which allowed it to move enough to rub on inside of tire.
Pep Boys will replace it tomorrow and hopefully no noise...
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Well, if the guy who installed the wheel back on used a torque stick, then that may also have a factor. When my wheels need to come off and not at a dealership, I ensure that they do "NOT" use a torque stick and hand tighten the lug nuts.

With torque sticks, its "supposed" to stop at what its rated at, but you and the tech are unaware of the psi that is coming from the compressor to that impact wrench. Its supposed to be 100psi, but they fluctuate from time to time and that will impact the lug nuts. You may have a broken stud or lost a lug nut. If its too tight (over torque rating of 100ft lbs on our cars), it can also impact the brake rotors and/or wheel bearings.

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I saw where you found the problem, just fyi to all. There also is a backing plate in the drum type brakes that can get bent enough to rub the drum and can cause a rubbing or clicking type of intermittant sound.
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