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Grinding noise comming from front passenger side. 2001 saturn L

Noise only happens when turning and backing up. replaced wheel bearings and new brakes.

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Check that you havent bent the baking plate behind rotor or drum that it is just touching the disc rotor and any anti rattle clips on brake caliper that they are fitted correctly.

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