2004 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 69,694 miles
I bought this car used from a dealership. Car had 30 thousand miles. Shortly after I picked it up I noticed a rubbing noise coming from the right rear wheel.
Being under warranty dealer fixed the problem. Several months later rubbing noise returned. Dealer again fixed problem telling me it was caused by brake dust. Having some mechanical background I asked what they did and was told they simply cleaned up the shoes and drums with emery cloth.
Several months later rubbing noise returned. I had both drums turned just to make sure they were true. I also cleaned up brake shoes with emery cloth.
Rubbing noise returned again so I used emery cloth to knock gloss of drum and brake shoe surfaces and all is fine again.
All adjustments are correct, everything is straight and true. Contact between shoes and drum is fine yet rubbing noise returns like clockwork every 7 thousand miles or so.
Is this common for Cavaliers? Why only the right side makes the noise? Finally could it be something like a warped or out of true front brake rotor causing the problem somehow?
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 AT 2:30 AM