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Old 03-27-2010, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Clunking noise from rear right wheel

My wife's car has developed a new noise this morning.
The noise appears sometimes (repro is not 100%) at low speeds (under 20mph) while the car is either rolling, starting or stopping. Direction of movement seems to have little impact (right turns seem to be immune). The noise is a clunking noise. The rate of these noises does not change with speed and disappears at speeds over 20mph or even less at times. Best I can tell the hoise is coming from the rear right wheel and not middle.

The car is '01 Forester S with drum rear breaks; no mods, 128K miles.
Any thoughts? I'd rather avoid a 'tealership on this one.
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CV joint (s) ?

If all the windows are closed while you are driving and you can hear the noise then it is most probably CV joint problem.

Otherwise, I had a "clicking" noise that was driving me bonkers (could only hear it when window was open). Went to my local tyre centre, rasied the car and found a nice big little stone stuck in the tread of the right rear tyre! That's what was driving me mad!!!

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Wouldn't the CV Joint noise be constant though?

And yes, I can totally hear it inside the car regardless of windows being open or closed.

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CV joint (s) ?

If all the windows are closed while you are driving and you can hear the noise then it is most probably CV joint problem.

Otherwise, I had a "clicking" noise that was driving me bonkers (could only hear it when window was open). Went to my local tyre centre, rasied the car and found a nice big little stone stuck in the tread of the right rear tyre! That's what was driving me mad!!!

Hope this helps!
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tbh I'm not the expert. I'd get it looked at asap as any non-normal noise is generally not a good thing. good luck!
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To close the loop on this, here is how this got resolved:
I went to Les Schwab near my house (they've done similar work for me in the past with success). After test driving the car and spending an hour with it looking at the suspension and break components they could not isolate the source of the sound.
After that I took it to the dealer where the tech determine after a 5 minute test drive that it was a wheel bearing. $390+tax later the sound seems to be gone.
While the 390 number is insane, having looked at the details of the replacement process I'm not sure that I'd want to do this myself next time. Has anyone replace a wheel bearin before?
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Thanks for the post! I have EXACTLY the same problem. I suspected it
might be the bearing but I wasn't sure! I'll get the car to a mechanic ASAP and confirm that. The topic might prove useful for other people in the future.

And just for a couple of keywords:
metal clinging noise in rear wheel, metal hitting metal
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threads about wheel bearings and have tons of searchable info on this forum.
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CV joint (s) ?

If all the windows are closed while you are driving and you can hear the noise then it is most probably CV joint problem.

Otherwise, I had a "clicking" noise that was driving me bonkers (could only hear it when window was open). Went to my local tyre centre, rasied the car and found a nice big little stone stuck in the tread of the right rear tyre! That's what was driving me mad!!!

Hope this helps!
rear wheel ,cv are in front check your end links sway bar ,then if nothing grease your strut shaft or see if strut is faulty. it's a clunk right and it sounds like coming from the floor board r/rear?

















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CV are in front and back, there are 8 CV's on the car (2 on each axle).

The noise is often either the wheel bearing or CV.

Rear wheel bearings often make a "whomp whomp whomp" type noise when failing, but if they get bad enough that theres play in the bearing they can sound more like a clunk/click like you would expect from a CV.

Subarus do tend to have a greater than average failure rate on the wheel bearings, so when theres a noise at one of the wheels I generally look at the bearing first.
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