1996 Nissan 240SX Noise from front right tire

Tiny
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  • 1996 NISSAN 240SX
Suspension problem
1996 Nissan 240SX 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual alot miles

hey,

(Rear wheel drive car btw)

I am hearing some strange noises from my front right tire. All of a sudden one day it starts making this kladadadada noise when I was on the highway. (The best way to describe the noise is like a the wheel from a raffle or something with the arrow all the way at the top that hits those studs.)

I also heard something similar to metal rubbing, like a worn brake pad sound but not when its down all the way. So I bought pads today to replace them and the pads I have on the car are like 80% life! So I started looking around for anything loose and all seems fine.

The noise occurs sometimes when I brake or hit bumps but not all the time (for example: sometimes I would brake and I hear nothing). Sometimes its happens while I drive straight. But When I turn right (about 1/8 turn) I hear the kladadadada and about 1/4 turn it turns into the metal shaving sound.

I perform all work on my car and the noise has my mind boggled. I need to fix it. Thanks in advance

Alex
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 AT 7:38 PM

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Tiny
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Hello and thanks for donating

Jack it up and see if you can physically move the wheel in and out a little. Make sure lugnuts are tight. If all looks good then check your parking brake system out. Have you gotten under there and just shook things (shocks, exhaust, control arms, swaybar and connections) and listened for noises aside from the brakes?
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 AT 9:32 PM
Tiny
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Hey bluelightnin6, thanks for replying:

Ok, This morning I jacked it up and tried to shake the tire in and out and up and down, nothing. Everything sounds firm. Tried shaking the sway bar and control arm (although very greasy in the wheel well) they both sound firm as well, no shaking or noise. Lug nuts are tight, however of the four only three are used because one is stripped (This has been that way since I've had the car). I tried shaking the caliper as well, nothing. I even took the caliper and the rotor off and tried shaking just the hub and still nothing. I pushed the struts up and down for noise, still nothing.

I jacked up the car with the steering to the right (position when the noise occurs) then I spun the wheel as fast as I could and I didn't hear the kladadadada). But when I drove out of the parking lot (less than 5 mph) I started hearing the kladadada even though the car was going at walking speed.

Anything come to mind?
Thanks again
Alex
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Friday, July 2nd, 2010 AT 1:17 PM
Tiny
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Since the 240sx is RWD it must be something with the tie rods or control arm, steering knuckles. SOMETHING must be loose or worn causing it. Either that or you have a gravel stuck in a tire tread?

I have posted this question in our main moderators forum so other techs can read it and maybe shed more light onto what it may be.
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Friday, July 2nd, 2010 AT 1:49 PM

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