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Old 09-13-2001, 03:35 PM
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Weird sound when I make a left turn

When I make a left turn at semi slow speeds, I get this sound that sounds like rubbing but I don't think it is. Everything is ok when I make right turns. I was wondering if it could be my steering or something. Any help would be grateful.

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Old 09-13-2001, 03:55 PM
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Check your front brake backing plates...sometimes they rub when you turn one way or another, even though there's clearance when you go straight.

Just went thru this on 2 of my cars-pretty common.
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Do you have to replace them?

What would they rub up against?
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The backing plates are fabricated of sheet metal, so simply bend it away from the rotor without distorting it too badly.

What they rub up against is the rotor itself.
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Old 09-13-2001, 06:21 PM
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I recently had a simlar issue and the backing plate was involved. When making a sharp left turn at low speeds, I had a distinct metal tone sound coming form the right front.

My Mech thought it might be something simple, and so he suggested I take off the wheel and check it.

Well after I took off the wheel, I found the backing plate had been rubbing when the wheel was fully turned to the left.

I gave it a slight bend away from where it was rubbing, and the noise has not reappeared since.

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Another suggestion ....

Have you had a front wheel balanced lately?

If you did, it could be the balance studs at the back of the front left wheel rubbing against the rods.
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I had a similar symptom, it was a wheel bearing needing tightening.
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I'll check the plate and get the whel bearings tightened.

I use stick on weights so that's not the cause of the problem.
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