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Unread 02-06-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Rubbing noise, kinda like a fan catching something

So I have a 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and I've been working on making it more reliable over the last 2 weeks. New radiator, new waterpump, new carb, next is the ignition. There is one problem that I cannot diagnose. The driver side wheel/bearing/brakes make a horrible noise. It sounds like something is rubbing on it when the wheel is spinning. When the car is stationary there is no noise, as I speed up it gets faster and faster and more annoying. I think this is a pretty common problem and I'd hope someone would be able to tell me what it is so I can fix it and not hate my life every time I go for a drive. Hope someone knows what it going on.

Thank for you time guys,

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Unread 02-07-2011, 08:06 PM   #2
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if you have a jack. jack it up so the tire is off the ground. then try to spin the tire with your hands. it should be fairly easy, if not then something is rubbing. i had my brake caliber lock up and it would make bad noises. it is most likely the brake, but there are things like bearings and things that if they are old they might need regreased. but i would check the brakes first. if the brake is the problem then you will need to replace the caliber, make sure you do both front wheels or both back wheels.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 03:50 AM   #3
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I would say a stuck caliper, worn out brake pads or your dust cover got bent and is rubbing your rotor.
1977 J-20 TeamRushed AMC 401, TH400, D44 front, D60 rear, 33x12.50R16.5 Mud Terrains, SOA, rear shackle flip.
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