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Rear wheel/brake noise

My rear wheel/ breaks are making a progressively louder noise. It sounds like tread noise, like I have my winter snow tires on. I have 62,000 kms ( 40,000 miles) on both the rear brakes and tires. Front brakes and rotors replaced last year. Inspected the tires-fine ( no stones or nails in the treads). Any thoughts?

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    over the past year I have had an ongoing problem with my leon, I keep getting a metallic noise from the front wheels. The garages (3 different) say it is a stone in the discs, is this corrct?

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First check condition of discs and pads if all is good drive and pull up handbrake slowly to see if its the handbrake shoes making the noise if still a problem will most probably be rear wheel bearings

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