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Hooting noise coming from rear right side of car

I have a 2005 chevy malibu and at times while i stuck in stop and go traffic i have a medium to loud hooting sound coming from the rear right wheel area while the car is rolling under 5 to 10 mph! help it's so loud sometimes i can hear it over the radio! any ideas?

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  • amandand85 Mar 02, 2009

    hi csmock132, um yeah like when i take my foot off the break pedal it hoots! its insane like when i'm in traffic and let off the break rolling at less than 10mph then it'll go hooooot... it'll do this until i pick up speed above 10 to 15mph, the sound never changes though it's always hooooooot its just louder sometimes than other times... thanks! is this dangerous or cost a lot to fix?

  • amandand85 Mar 03, 2009

    hi again csmock132, i really couldnt give you a 100% correct answer as to if the rear breaks are disc or drum, but a chevy website i went on said that the v6's rear breaks are drum breaks keep in mind that it wasnt chevys offical website, but one off of yahoo search... do you have any idea how much taking care of this very annoying problem will cost or do yiou think that depends on where i take it? thank you soooo very much for your time and feed back!!!

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Your caliper is sticking. Im supprised u dont smell brakes. The extra heat from the caliper sticking is the rotor "swelling".

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It might be a warped brake rotor. Does the noise change depending on if you have your foot on or off the brake pedal?

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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    Clint Smock Mar 03, 2009

    After your last post I changed my mind. I've heard this before. Do you know if your rear brakes are disc or drum? No, its not dangerous. It is not a warped rotor, usually this noise comes from rear drum brakes that need lubrication between the shoes and the backing plates.

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