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I'm hearing some clicking noise from what seems like passenger rear wheels. I have checked for play and didn't notice much, if any at all. How do I check if it's the axle itself?


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If its a clickty-click noise at slow speeds or going from forward to reverse, more than likely its the wheel bearing failing. You can take the wheel off and check to see if the axle nut is loose, but my guess its the wheel bearing.

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It's definitely not the axles. The wheel bearings seem to be going out... if they're in the early stages, they might not make the noise when the car is up in the air. I chased that problem for almost a year on my GS300 before it got bad enough for that noise to be present once I raised the car on a lift.
 

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If its a clickty-click noise at slow speeds or going from forward to reverse, more than likely its the wheel bearing failing. You can take the wheel off and check to see if the axle nut is loose, but my guess its the wheel bearing.

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Yes, it is a click-click-click sound. It's much louder when I'm going slower, sometimes inaudible when I'm going 40+. Can you clarify what you mean with axle nut being loose?

It's definitely not the axles. The wheel bearings seem to be going out... if they're in the early stages, they might not make the noise when the car is up in the air. I chased that problem for almost a year on my GS300 before it got bad enough for that noise to be present once I raised the car on a lift.
How did you replicate the noise with the car up in the air?


Also, I didn't notice this last year (stock suspension, stock wheels). The most recent mods on my car are : TRD Sways, Coilovers, and 18" SSR with low profile tires. Also, my turbo hits a lot harder than last year (tighter WG spring, fixed boost controller issues). I didn't notice the noise when I first got my coils, I did notice it after a long trip to and from Jersey (ie shitty roads).

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Jack the rear end up, and try to spin the tire freely in neutral to see if the noise occurs.
 

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Jack the rear end up, and try to spin the tire freely in neutral to see if the noise occurs.
I jacked the passenger rear wheel and tried spinning it (when I was looking for play on the wheels last weekend)... but it wouldn't move freely. Did I need to raise both sides? I thought that since I have the stock LSD, it didn't matter? Thanks
 

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I have this same problem... I get the clickety sound from dead stop to initial load in first gear to a stable cruise. And also from dead stop to reverse. Could not duplicate on jacks and had a suspension shop check it out as well. They couldn't find anything wrong either. Possibilities are, shocks/springs (but more than likely not), somethingo in the break drum, or wheel bearing. However, there is no camber play on the wheel, so not too sure about the wheel bearing.. The process continues.
 

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The sound goes away when he applies the brakes. So I wonder if the brakes are somehow stabilizing the wheelbearing?
Actually dude, I tried it a little bit again another night with applying the brakes and the noise was still there. Kinda inconsistent noise. I still don't have any weird vibrations or pulling or handling issues... The frequency increases the faster the wheels turn, but the quieter they get too. It's more audible at slower speeds... Will have to wait I guess. I did notice my rear pads getting a little low and the anti squeel shims getting close, but still within Toyota specs...
 

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This isn't something new so no need to get flustered. Its the wheel bearing, happens all the time, I've had to replace one on each one of my three MKIVs. The wheel isn't going to spin that freely once in the air, especially if you have a lsd, once in the air because its still dragging the driveshaft and/ or the opposite side axle with it.

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Mine was making a bad screeching noise at low speeds and it sometimes sounded like a spring popping when I would turn. I had the same problem. There was no wheel play, I had just replaced the bearings and I am 100% stock. When I lifted it there was no noise' no matter if I manually spun the wheel or if I put it into drive and pressed the gas. I had to replace the hub. My wheel hub had some bad heat damage from the previous owner not changing the wheel bearings when they went bad.
 

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I had the same noise, I haven't heard it in awhile though, but it was at very slow speeds, say 5mph, my wheel bearing has been replaced though.
 

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Wheel bearing noise can be intermittent and can go away for few days ,come back and go away while changing and making all sorts of different noises ,from clicking to knocking,screeching ,e.t.c. I've rode with one for long time till it got very loud and sounded like my wheel was about to fall off,
 

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Would the only way to confirm would be to take it apart? Also, the rear wheel bearings typically go and not the fronts? I don't have the tools to easily do it in my garage so I'll probably just send it to a shop. I want to order the right parts beforehand.
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Would warped rotors do this too? Slow speeds sounds like metal scraping intermittently...
 

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Could be the brakes rubbing against the pads, also could be the kotter pin/spring on the axle nut. My CCWs don't have center covers so the axle nut/spring/kotter pin is exposed. It makes noises from time to time. I know it isn't the wheel bearing because I just replaced it as well as it was bad (I could shake the entire wheel up and down/left and right with the car jacked up).

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Would warped rotors do this too? Slow speeds sounds like metal scraping intermittently...
Yes, also the dust shield could be slightly bent and rotor rides up against it.

Also as Steve mentioned ,when the bearing goes bad,you can move the wheel in any direction when the car is up in air, I had mine move about 3/4 of an inch on left rear, the right rear started making noises about 8 months ago,the noise comes and goes, and not loud at all, so I'll ride till it gets louder
 
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