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2007 Lexus RX 350 Base FWD 4dr

2007 Lexus RX 350
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Front Wheel Drive, 4-Door SUV, Mid-Size Station Wgn
20 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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May 6, 2012, 10:14 am

Johnny K

Question: Why am I getting a grinding sound from my drivers side wheel

Hi I have a 2007 Lexus RX350 and I am having issues with the drivers side wheel. It started with a grinding sound. It almost sounded like the car was in first gear. felt sluggish. Well my mechanic said your rotors and pads are gone. I replaced them. A few months later, I get the same thing back and he said we need to replace them again. I then took it to the Lexus dealer and they told me it was the wheel baring. I just replaced the wheel baring on Friday. Well now a new scraping sound has come back. This time, it sounds like the breaks are almost gone. almost like they need to be replaced again. But they are 3/4 full. My question, could something be bent causing all kinds of problems with this side which is making these other issues happen?

May 9, 2012, 9:38 pm

Ron W
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Interesting. I would say the wheel bearing and the brake issues are separate. They may be related, but not likely. The excessive brake wear could be from sticky calipers or the slides have rust or build up on them,

Another possibility is the rear brakes aren't working or are working poorly. This can make the front brakes do all the braking work and fail prematurely.

A full brake inspection is really needed to see why it is failing so quickly.

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