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At first I ignored it since I had no time and no place to work on, it but now that I've graduated college I'm gonna fix it. It's a moderate noise that sounds like well... zzzzzzzzzzz more or less coming from the drivers side front. I thought it might be the tire so I swapped it to the other side. No improvement. The noise is most noticeable between 25-35mph while coasting. The noise has been heard all the way down to 15 mph. Sometimes it's there other times it's not. Braking slighly modifys the sound or even makes it appear or dissapear. I'm thinking slightly draging d/s brake caliper, bad hub assy, bad axle bearing or front driveshaft u-joint(s). This has become quite annoying and I got a big road trip coming up so I'd like to fix it asap. I may pull the calipers off tomorrow and look at the rotors real good as well as swaping out the pads. Let's see if we can nail this one so I don't have to take it to a real mechanic.

 

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The noise dosen't change when turning. I was kinda suspecting the hub but while driving tonite, the noise didn't start till after I had used the brakes enough to heat them up a bit. So with that idea in mind I started thinking of thermal expansion. I figure something brake related is heating up and expanding enough to barely make contact. So as a result tomorrow if it dosen't rain again I'm pullin the wheels again and lookin real close at the calipers, pads, rotors and especialy the caliper bracket. I figgure that if the caliper can't slide real well it may be hanging up. And since I have an extra set of rotors and pads I may throw em on just to see what happens. Keep them ideas coming just in case.

 

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Well I think I nailed it. Between all the gunk and rust on the caliper brackets and the cracked pad plus the sticky caliper guide bushing I was cruising for a world of hurt. But anyway on with the story. So I pulled the wheels off again in the 90 degree heat(fun fun)and started looking at things real close. I noticed the caliper brackets were real gunked up so I pulled the calipers off to clean them. So after a good wire brushing and a slathering of anti sieze I think to my self I'm in buisness. But then I thought I'll take a little closer look. My pads didn't look to bad at a glance but under scrutiny they were lookin shabby. The inside pad on the passenger side was cracking in 3-4 places. Luckaly I had a set of Wagners in stock in the garage that were meant for my dads truck(same P/N ha ha). Slaped em in and threw the calipers back on. Put the wheels on and drove her for a while tonite and not a peep. Stops better too. Now my next question is who has had metal worn away from the caliper bracket because the shoes rode in the same spot too long?

 

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Chris, you wore the rotors out or the caliper brackets? My rotors were fine whereas my passenger side caliper bracket has a pair of dimples in it from a set of shoes riding on the bracket in the same spot for too long. Just trying to clarify.

 
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