Scraping Noise from back passenger wheel area

Tiny
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  • 1994 MAZDA PROTEGE
  • 115,000 MILES
Just recently Mazda Protege has been making a scraping metal type noise from somewhere around the rear passenger side wheel whenever I am moving under 20mph or so. While driving in the city and on the highway I hear no noise and the car seems to drive the same as before this noise started. It makes a scraping sound that is cyclical, as in it sounds like something is rotating and brushing against something else with each turn.

This happens both when accelerating and decelerating. Both when turning and when driving straight. It isn't all of the time I drive under 20mph (pulling in and out of parking spots, at red lights, etc.) But still most of the time and has been persisting for the last 2 days. I took a peek around the wheel but don't see anything hanging or that looks like its pressed against the wheel. Any suggestions what to check out? I can add pictures if that would help. Let me know, thanks!
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Saturday, May 25th, 2013 AT 10:39 AM

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Tiny
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Suspect noise is from brake pad scraping. See if noise stops with slight applying of brake pedal>
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Saturday, May 25th, 2013 AT 11:33 AM
Tiny
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Drove around a bit and tried various pressures of braking, none seemed to make any change. This all started when I hit a construction area a few days ago, the workers didn't block off or mark that there was an in deep 4 x 6 foot rectangle cut out of one of the main roads I live near. Ended up going over it doing 40 (the speed limit is 40) because I didn't see it until it was too late.

Shops are closed for the day and tomorrow is Sunday so sometime next week if I can get it looked at I'll let you know what I find out. I still think you're right about it being the brake pad but I have no jack so I can't lift and take off the wheel to check myself.

Thanks again!
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Saturday, May 25th, 2013 AT 2:00 PM
Tiny
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Yes would need to jack up and check maybe as simple as a rock jamed between rotor and backing plate
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Sunday, May 26th, 2013 AT 11:36 AM
Tiny
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It turns out basically my entire braking system was damaged from the road construction. The jolt caused the pads to press into the rotors causing them to be scratched, the calipers needed to be replaced, and the brake line on the right side was damaged and had to be replaced.

Wanted to keep you up to date, thank you again.
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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 AT 10:25 AM
Tiny
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OUCH! Suppose NO chance construction co. Would help pay
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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 AT 12:43 PM
Tiny
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I filed a claim so hopefully. It was a bad situation. No markings on the road, no signs before it, no workers, no trucks or anything. As if they dug it and walked away. Totally preventable.
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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 AT 2:19 PM

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