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Very Loud Scraping Noise As If Metal Dragging On Floor?


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Hi all,

Me again with more tales of my problematic Avensis D4D 2.0.

I've just picked it back up today from the body shop, after somebody left off their handbrake and it roled into mine. Anyway, 2 weeks later I finally picked it back up.

Now its been sitting for 2 weeks, so I expected it to be a bit rusty and brakes seized a little and it didnt disappoint. After a while though it drove ok apart from a high pitch squeel whenever I turn right (possible bearing or drive belt??? - Any ideas)

Whilst driving home over the brow of a hill, I had a noise suddenly hit the underside of the car, that I can only describe as similar to my exhaust falling off and dragging along the ground. I pulled straight into the nearest estate fearing the worst. However, when I looked under the car, I could see nothing. Nothing hanging, nothing in my wheels. The noise brought a few passers by, and one gentlemen said it sounded like it was in my engine compartment. I opened up the bonnet, and looked the best I could around the plastic casing and could see nothing (altough it was 7pm and dark).

When I pulled away again, the noise was still there. However, when I put the car in reverse, the noise disappeared. I've since had no problem.

Has anyone heard of anything like this? Anyone have any idea what it could be. Is it the gearbox or clutch? Or has someone left a 'spanner in the works' (literally) when fixing my car in the body shop.

Your help and advice is very much appreciated.

Cars got 87,000 on clock. Fully serviced at 80, 000 when CAM belt was changed. Just had injectors replaced also.

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Hi all,

Me again with more tales of my problematic Avensis D4D 2.0.

I've just picked it back up today from the body shop, after somebody left off their handbrake and it roled into mine. Anyway, 2 weeks later I finally picked it back up.

Now its been sitting for 2 weeks, so I expected it to be a bit rusty and brakes seized a little and it didnt disappoint. After a while though it drove ok apart from a high pitch squeel whenever I turn right (possible bearing or drive belt??? - Any ideas)

Whilst driving home over the brow of a hill, I had a noise suddenly hit the underside of the car, that I can only describe as similar to my exhaust falling off and dragging along the ground. I pulled straight into the nearest estate fearing the worst. However, when I looked under the car, I could see nothing. Nothing hanging, nothing in my wheels. The noise brought a few passers by, and one gentlemen said it sounded like it was in my engine compartment. I opened up the bonnet, and looked the best I could around the plastic casing and could see nothing (altough it was 7pm and dark).

When I pulled away again, the noise was still there. However, when I put the car in reverse, the noise disappeared. I've since had no problem.

Has anyone heard of anything like this? Anyone have any idea what it could be. Is it the gearbox or clutch? Or has someone left a 'spanner in the works' (literally) when fixing my car in the body shop.

Your help and advice is very much appreciated.

Cars got 87,000 on clock. Fully serviced at 80, 000 when CAM belt was changed. Just had injectors replaced also.

Difficult to be certain, but, it sound like when you reversed you may have dislodged whatever it was dragging on the ground. (Possibly left by the repair shop)

It could be that you may never know what the cause was.

Let us know if it re-occurs :thumbsup:

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Hi, had a noise like you describe some time back, but found it, it was a large very large plastic bottle that found its way into into the gap between wheel and brake drum, stopped the car as you did found nothing so drove off again still the noise was there, stopped again and thats when i noticed this plastic bottle jammed in the wheel i had to reverse the car a few inches to release it as it had jammed on the forward motion of the wheel.

Could be what happened to you and released itself when you reversed back.

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Most likely a stone chip or similar caught in the brakes. Something similar happened me and reversing got rid of it.

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Hello again folks,

I had the same metal scraping noise last night. Disappeared when I put it into reverse.

Anyone have any ideas?

I have a squeak/squawk coming from the clutch pedal as well every time I press and depress. Could the two be linked??

Appreciate the help. Its got me worried. Especially as I drive my wife and 2 year old around in it.

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As Avensis luna 03 said, a stone in the brake splash shields is the most likely cause of the scraping problem.

No chance the clutch problem is related; that's classic Clutch release bearing symptoms. Unless it's really bad, I wouldn't really worry about it, but it will probably get worse over time and you'll need to have it replaced. They should be designed to last the life of the clutch, and then be replaced when the clutch is replaced. If your clutch has been replaced, then maybe they didn't do the bearing at the same time. If it hasn't been replaced then consider getting it changed when the bearing is done.

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