So were driving on the highway, hit a pothole and all the sudden theres an extremely loud noise coming from the rear-left wheel. We pull over, assuming its a flat tire, but nothing. The car seems to drive alright, but we decide to pull off the highway and take it to a service station just to be sure. Of course, on the way there it gets increasingly worse until finally theres a loud "thud," followed by the ABS and traction control warning lights on the dashboard.
Basically, the rear-left parking brake broke loose and started getting totally chewed up by the wheel/rotor. In the end, i need to replace both parking brakes, both back rotors, both brake pads (to keep thing even), and the rear-left axle. The reason the axle needs to be replaced is because when the parking brake broke loose, it scored the ABS notches on the axle.
However, a local mechanic thinks it "may" simply be the ABS sensor got destroyed, which is why the light came on. Is this a likely scenario? Id rather pay $50 for a new sensor than $328 for a new axle..
Has anyone ever heard of this happening before?
All in all, $1000 down the drain. Ironically, it has been looked at/inspected/serviced 3 times in the past year, and they still missed it.
Sorry that was so long... needed to vent