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Old 02-15-2006, 00:39   #1 (permalink)
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loose clunking rear wheel

Hi, got a 02 BA XT sedan. Car has been making a rubbing/clunking sound from the rear. I noticed the rear drivers side wheel seemed a bit loose as it moved as I kicked it front and back. So when I got home I tightened the nuts....didn't help.

So I jacked it up and discovered that its not the wheel thats loose but the part the wheel bolts into (not sure what its called...disc brakes, pads, etc move). I jacked up the other side and it didn't do it.

Anyone seen this before?
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Old 02-15-2006, 04:33   #2 (permalink)
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Re: loose clunking rear wheel

sure its not the 4th gear clunk? when driving and going into 4th gear it should make a clunking noise.. if it is u cant fix it
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Old 02-17-2006, 02:18   #3 (permalink)
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Re: loose clunking rear wheel

Its common for the LOWER shock mounts to work loose on BA's. You can retorque them but the clunk often returns fairly quickly, since it's an '02 model it probably needs the shocks replaced anyway.
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Re: loose clunking rear wheel

Rubbing/Clunking could be your axle bearings. It's not uncommon- I have a friend with a 2000 Mustang (only 95,000ish miles) and his rear axle needs all new bearings.
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Old 02-17-2006, 15:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: loose clunking rear wheel

unless..................someones diff is about to go bye bye.............do u have a teenage son who u let drive the car? any murrmuring? or jst cluncking?
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it has to be a bearing failure no doubt about it.but shorly there must have been some warning signs
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Re: loose clunking rear wheel

ok got it checked out...

It was a collapsed wheel bearing on the rear drives side wheel.
Asked the dealer how it could happen and he didn't have an answer...apprently they are meant to last the life of the car.

Also got some comments about how it had welded to the hub and a 5 ton press almost buckled to try and prise it out....and someone almost lost a finger.....so they finally got it out and bent the backing plate on the disc...had to hammer that back into shape...the car is back in the workshop for its 2nd day to have the hand brake reset aswell.

Anyone know what would cause a wheel bearing to collapse?

$440 later....damn cars.
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Re: loose clunking rear wheel

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ok got it checked out...

It was a collapsed wheel bearing on the rear drives side wheel.
Asked the dealer how it could happen and he didn't have an answer...apprently they are meant to last the life of the car.

Also got some comments about how it had welded to the hub and a 5 ton press almost buckled to try and prise it out....and someone almost lost a finger.....so they finally got it out and bent the backing plate on the disc...had to hammer that back into shape...the car is back in the workshop for its 2nd day to have the hand brake reset aswell.

Anyone know what would cause a wheel bearing to collapse?

$440 later....damn cars.

Could be a number of reasons

1) Stub nut too loose.
2) Stub nut too tight.
3) Seal failure- foreign crap enters.
4) lack of, or no lubrication.
5) Defective bearings (I've seen batches of bearings with balls that have not been hardened- at all!!!)
6) Combinations of unbalanced wheels, stiff suspension, heavy loads, etc etc.
7) Bearing seats machined oversize during production.

I could go on......

I think you were just unlucky.
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