Grinding right rear wheel

BDM

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May 23, 2005
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On my 99D1. The right rear wheel housing sounds like rocks in a dryer. Put it up on the lift thinking it might be a rock stuck in the brakes or the rotor we didn’t find anything. Turning the wheel there was a little resistance . We were definitely able to identify that the grinding noise is coming from the wheel itself. I didn’t bother to take apart the rotor or dig into the wheel bearing. There’s no play at all in the wheel up and down or left to right. So I put the wheel back on and drove it around and the noise went away so I thought maybe it was a rock stuck in there that I didn’t see. Well the noise is back and it comes and goes intermittently. Still feels like somethings binding in there sometimes but then it goes away.

I figured if it were a wheel bearing it would be a constant noise. But this comes and goes. Any ideas?
 

Toran

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I had a similar issue last Summer. One side of my rear brake pads had been worn to the metal.
 
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Levi

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Check and see if the brake pad is falling through the caliper and rubbing on the horizontal part of the rotor. I had one that was doing this, the pad was moving up and down and when it would drop it would grind on the rotor. New clips on the pad/caliper and it has been fine since.
 
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wrldky

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Son was having a similar noise on his truck the caliper guide pin was rusted and had seemingly become one with the caliper bracket. Had to remove the bracket stick it in a vice and hit it with a sledge to get it out. (FYI: always lube pins)
 

fishEH

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Son was having a similar noise on his truck the caliper guide pin was rusted and had seemingly become one with the caliper bracket. Had to remove the bracket stick it in a vice and hit it with a sledge to get it out. (FYI: always lube pins)
Not on a D1.
 
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BDM

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Ok. Was afraid of that. Yeah my puller is old as hell and I didn’t have anything to cover the axle stub hole
 

Jimmy

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Would stink to go through the time and struggle of removing the bad bearing (if you don't have the right tools) to find the spindle damaged so bad it can't be reused. If that's the case, I'd go with a good, used spindle. These days, I keep one on the parts shelf as the D1s are getting fewer in the u-pull-it yards.

While the bearing is junk, the damage may not extend to the spindle. I've seen way worse.

The best way to remove it would be to use a bearing separator and a press, or a separator with a built-in puller. A gear puller may work, too.