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Ford F150 2004 4x4 passenger side rear wheel noises

Rear wheel makes noises---scraping, clunking, thuds, whistles....doesn't seem to stop when i apply the brakes...doesn't seem to happen at high speeds---just when i'm going thru the neighborhood...it appears and disappears...i had the brake place take a look and they said everything seemed fine there...
i was thinking bearing, but it all but disappears at higher speeds, and doesn't really sound like a whining noise....and it's not a constant thing, like i said...i even checked the little hub cap to make sure there wasn't anything in it...
i dropped it off at the dealer a few weeks ago for that and another problem---they claimed they didn't hear any noises...now it seems it's getting more frequent.....
if i jack it up and check the play in the tire, will that help me determine if it's a bearing issue?
i had a ford explorer in the past and had a front bearing go completely out, so i kind know what that sounds like---this is more squeeling and scraping....

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  • megofishing Jun 18, 2009

    i rode the emergency brake a bit yesterday, i'll try it again...i had taken off the hub/wheel cover, but that wasn't it...
    i think i'll jack it up in the morning and take the wheel off and poke around the emergency brake...thanks!


  • megofishing Jun 18, 2009

    took the brakes and rotor off...the backside of the rotor was full of hundreds of pieces of the e-brake pads! and also the clip...i removed the whole e-brake assembly--it was down to complete bare metal...
    will check the other tire soon...
    scary part is a trip to the brake place AND the dealer was nothing but a waste of time...
    problem completely solved!!
    thanks fordexpert!!!


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You can try the bearings but I think if you take off the rear rotors and look at the emergency brakes you'll find the problem. You might want to ride the emergency brake a little in lieu of removing the rotors to confirm the problem. Also some wheel covers make noise-drive without them and see if it helps.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

  • fordexpert Jun 18, 2009

    You are welcome.

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