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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-25-2010, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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1973 450SE Grinding Noise--Please Help!

Hi everybody! I have a beautiful 1973 450SE. It has been a wonderful car to own over the past 5 years and only has a little over 100k original miles. However, just recently a problem has started to occur. When I'm making left-hand turns, I can hear what would best be described as a grinding or scraping noise coming from the back driver's side wheel area. When I make right-hand turns, the noise is still there, but not nearly as noticeable.

I haven't been able to diagnose my problem from internet research alone. My best guess from reading about other cars with similar problems is that it might be a bad CV joint. My questions would be: (1) Can anyone tell me what is causing this noise? and (2) How difficult is this repair at home for someone with moderate mechanical skills? (I was able to change my fuel pump once, and that's about as mechanical as it gets for me).

Thanks in advance if you can help me out!
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Unless yours is the only real-wheel-drive non-rear-wheel-steering car in the world that happens to use CV joints, I doubt that's your problem.

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mine does the same.

usualy more when im closely turning into driveways and such.

i took my tires off to do the brakes and i noticed that the tire was actualy touching the inside of the fenderwell. the nice shiny spot is a dead give away.

i figure some new springs/shocks ought to do the trick.

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