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Old 12-20-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Rubbing sound from the rear

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Hey guys, Im looking for a little help with a rubbing sound.

So I noticed this the other day. I started to hear a rubbing noise and it sounds just like the plastic fender rubbing the tire. It gets louder when my speed increases and gets quieter when i slow down. I have checked underneath and around all tires and have not found anything touching the tire. After I checked i went on driving to see if i could narrow it down but it did not do it again. Later in the night it started again and this time before i could pull over it sounded like something was "binding" and there was a loud "metalic pop". After that it didnt do it anymore. It started doing it again today so I went ahead and parked my jeep until i can look at it. Today, the rubbing sound would kinda fade away and i could hear something like metal on metal. Almost like bad brakes.

Has anyone had anything like this? Im gonna check the brakes in the rear tomorrow but if i dont find anything loose im not real sure where to go from there.

I appreciate all your help on this.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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If it's not the brakes then I would check to see if the wheel bearings or the bearings that hold the carrier in the center section are going bad

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Old 12-20-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Might check your u-joints. The one in my wife's TJ started doing that and I just knew I had a pinion/ring gear or bearing going bad. Mine was in the CV joint though so not sure if what you have is doing it, but something to check none the less.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #4
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Not knowing enough to pin point you in the right direction, but I would get underneath and look for any signs of where it might be rubbing, if you cant find any, get it looked at before it gets damaged any more. Im sure some of the guys will chime in as to where to look.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys. I got under there earlier and checked the clearance around all tires and that seems to be good. I grabbed the drive shaft to see if there was any play in it and it does'nt seem to have any. I checked out a youtube video that was titled "this is what a bad wheel bearing sounds like" and it was a squeaking noise that my jeep had made about a month ago. Im thinking that this is related.

Thanks again for all of your input, you all got me pointed in a direction. The furthest "mechanical work" ive done around the wheels is just brake work so this is going to be a new experience.

Merry Christmas all.
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