My car is making a hideous loud noise

Tiny
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  • 2000 DODGE NEON
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 84,000 MILES
Feels like something is trying to keep my right side tire from moving. My 2000 dodge neon has a loud noise coming from the front and feels like something is not letting the tire move freely.
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Friday, February 21st, 2014 AT 11:40 AM

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Tiny
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You may find this hard to believe, but I can't hear the noise, and with no other details or observations to go on, the best I can do is offer a few suggestions. If the right wheel doesn't turn left or right when you turn the steering wheel, a worn tie rod end was ignored too long and is broken. The tire will flop around and rub on the inner fender. If the wheel wont rotate when you try to drive forward or backward, typically worn and grinding brakes were ignored until the brake rotor ground down to the cooling fins, then a brake pad or the caliper's piston got wedged in them. If the clicking and crunching of a worn cv joint was ignored long enough it could have broken. You'll typically hear a lot of banging noises when you try to make the car move, but it won't go in either direction. You WILL be able to push the car by hand, even when it's in park. If a noisy wheel bearing was ignored long enough, it can come apart and allow the tire to rub on the strut. The car may still move but not easily. You'll also see the wheel tipped in a lot on top. If a coil spring broke, it can catch on the sidewall of the tire. If you force the car to move, the sharp end will tear the tire and destroy it.
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Friday, February 21st, 2014 AT 4:00 PM
Tiny
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The noise is in combination with the right side not wanting to go forward. It feels like something is near or even on the tire and will not let the car drive freely. A few weeks ago I noticed that when I braked, I would get a noise coming from the right side tire area. It did not constantly make noise when I used the brake, but has especially after raining or even someone sitting on the passenger side. I did not think it might have to do with my brakes, as this only made noise on the right side front tire area. Thank You
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 8:52 AM
Tiny
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Looking at my Right Side Tire, I see the metal drum inside is cracked and not intact with the rest of the drum
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 11:03 AM
Tiny
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Any chance you can post a photo, but I think you found the cause of the problem. Brake pads never wear down exactly evenly so a grinding noise will always start on just one side. Once the metal-on-metal grinding starts, it will tear up the brake rotor very quickly. Most of the time all you'll need is a new rotor, which is pretty inexpensive, and a new set of brake pads.
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 9:48 PM

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