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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#510 of 914 Weird Grinding Noise?
Jul 18, 2008 (1:45 pm)
I have a 2001 Toyota Echo...I hade a car accident about 8 months ago and untill recently a strange noise started appearing coming from the rear drivers tire. Everytime i make a right turn a loud grinding sound happens, but when i make a left turn it dosent do that...its gotten to the point that now when im driving straight it does it to. but still when i make a left turn it does not...and to add to the weridness some times it dosent do it at all when i turn, but then comes back again. The noise seems to get lounder and the faster i go...once again it seems like something is grinding...my guess is the wheel bearings are damaged????? please help!
Jul 18, 2008 (2:01 pm)
What you have sounds to me like a faulty constant velocity joint. Thats the shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels. If you get the car up on ramps look at the underside near the engine. See the wheels? See the shaft in the middle of the wheel going to the transmision? Look at the rubber/plastic boots (accordion thing) and see if they are torn. If they are...new axle/joint. You might have to have a shop do an evaluation. How many miles on this car?
#512 of 914 Re: light [vrcohanim]
Jul 18, 2008 (8:34 pm)
Did you figure out what was wrong with your Echo? Mine is doing the same stalling business. Its completely random - maybe once a week, after the first stop I come to when the car is still cold it feels almost like it loses power for a few seconds, then it's usually fine for the rest of the day.
Jul 19, 2008 (6:13 am)
Go to AutoZone and have them read the error codes for free. That might put you on to something.
#514 of 914 Re: stall [kneisl1]
Jul 21, 2008 (5:02 pm)
I had the codes run and they came up with an exhaust leak, which I had fixed. Apparently there is another one and my spark plugs need to be replaced as well. Do you think one of those things could be the issue?
Jul 21, 2008 (5:29 pm)
Yes it could be. But youll find out if it stops!
#516 of 914 Re: Weird Grinding Noise? [kacarultzo]
Jul 21, 2008 (6:57 pm)
Thing is, if it's really coming from the rear of the car, there aren't CV joints back there since it's front wheel drive.
It might be something as simple as your tire rubbing on a piece of plastic (like the mudflap maybe?) inside the wheel well. It could be brought about by the suspension compressing in a turn one way versus the other until now something's come loose enough that it rubs even in a straight line. It would only be unloaded by turning to the left when the suspension rises enough to keep the tire from touching.
As bad as it sounds, it's probably not apparently obvious, it doesn't hurt the tire much, it just sounds really loud. Kniesl's (sp?) advice is good though too. If you look and can't see anything touching, check out the CV joints in the front. Sound can travel in a car and you may hear it coming from one place even though it's happening somewhere else.
#517 of 914 Re: issue [kneisl1]
Jul 22, 2008 (6:07 am)
I sure do hope that solves it
#518 of 914 Re: Check Engine light is on [doug997]
Jul 30, 2008 (6:19 am)
I had a check engine light with my 2000 Echo. Took it to Autozone and the code was P0441. I just ordered the canister and vacuum valve from Parts.com for ~$245. and installed them myself. So far no more check engine light! Parts were not hard to install. Canister is under the car in the back behind the fuel tank below the trunk. Three bolts and 5 vacuum lines and one electrical connection to take off. Two of the lines have snap on fits and need to be pryed off carefully. The other there are push on fittings with hand clamps. Th vacuum valve is up front on the air filter top. Two vacuum lines and an electrical plug. Took me about 30 minutes to replace. Hope that helps.
Jul 30, 2008 (6:33 am)
Congradulations for fixing it and thankyou for posting! Check back in a few weeks if the light is still off. (or if its on, maybe someone can help) Its always good to share your experiences with others!