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Car making a funny noise form the back axle watch

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    I am not sure what it is, it sounds like a grinding sound but not high pitch. The car is driving normaly, it is just when the wheels turn, it is fine over bumps etc.

    It is not the same kind of sound you get when the bearing have gone and they were only replaced two years ago.

    Does anybody have any idea what this could be?
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    I have had experience with that through a friend... I'm not sure though and it might be wrong advice but get the "wish-bone" check out... I believe it's one of the components that either fastens or stifens part of the suspension..

    All the best
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    The front (drivers side) wishbone was replaced in August and so the spring a few weeks later.

    I have just had a quick look at it and it seems the clearence at the front is a lot higher than the clearence at the back That would perhaps suggest a dodgy weak wishbone.

    The clearence on both sides seem to match though.
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    Check all the suspension componants, especially the bushes, dampers and springs.

    Also check your tyre tread, low tyre tread can cause vibration to travel through the car.

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    Tryes are all fine, checked that
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    I still suspect the wishbone just like you do AT but as graham said it might be worth checking all the suspension components
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    Just had a look, somthing dosn't look quite right with the left spring. He should just scrap it off, he spent £220 on the MOT which I advised him not to On top of that there is still the thermostat problem.
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    ok,

    a) Get a Haynes Manual and see what it should look like
    b) Take it down a garage and get a quote from them

    Anything wrong with your suspension is not good and the car should not be driven for very long. How many miles has it done and what car is it?

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    Has the car got a rear differential? If so, check the oil level in it - diffs can make some awful noises when they're low on fluids.
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    Its a Ford Escort (1995 Oval version) LX 1.6 Zetec with an anti roll bar. It has done 92k, all the front suspension has been replaced in the last year.

    There is a lot of speed bumps and pot holes near me and it all takes its toll.
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    (Original post by Sync)
    Has the car got a rear differential? If so, check the oil level in it - diffs can make some awful noises when they're low on fluids.
    That was the first thing I thought off but it is front wheel drive so it won't have a diferential will it?
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    Nope, not if it's front wheel drive. I'd say it's some type of suspension fault then. Might be a cheap fix like some new bushes, or it might be something more serious unfortunately.
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    The rear drums (how pathetic is that for a 95 car?) are a bit rusty so I really think it is time just to scrap it my dad won't listen though. The engine and gearbox are in great working order so we will get £200 it, add another £300 and will have enough to buy a £500 Mondeo.

    My dad has the car for four years and it has always been extremely reliable so he is too scared to replace it.
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    Sounds like the spring might have rusted through. Probably worth doing a bit of research to see how much a new pair of rear springs cost (do them in pairs even if other side is ok). If you cant find any for a reasonable price, then have a look round a few scrappies to see if you can find some. It's a shame to scrap the car when you have recently had the front suspension etc replaced.

    If the springs and dampers are combined in one strut you will need a pair of spring compressors (£20ish) to dismantle it. If the spring and damper are separate you can take the damper off with the car on its wheels and then jack it up to release the spring slowly. Definately worth having a go at taking it apart and seeing what the problem is before deciding to scrap it. Your point about being able to get a mondeo for 500 quid is perfectly true, but you could end up with something worse than you have (e.g. lurking engine/gearbox problem) which is much more costly. The evil you know is better than the evil you don't.
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    That is the problem, having had the car four years we know the engine is fine and we know it always starts first time.

    There just has to be a time when you cut your loses.
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    Got this fixed now, it turned out the bearings on the rear drivers side had completly warn to nothing.

    As for the fuel issue they were clueless and just said it probably needs a new ECU
 
 
 
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