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We just bought our daughter a 1998 dodge neon for her first car. High miles..170,000. It ran great but the next day after bringing it home it began to make a Scrapping noise...LOUD! It sounded like something dragging on the ground. Took it to shop and they couldn't find anything. After market wheels a little to big but Shwabs fixed that with spacers. Sound still there, worse when people in back seat.Any ideas on what it could be? Reputable mechanic can't figure it out!

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This could be badly worn struts/rotars. For having 170,000 miles a lot of things could be worn. When did it make the scrapping noise? when you hit the brakes? If it sounded like it came from the rear of the vehicle i would have the axles checked for rust/old damage.

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