I did not drive it far enough after the sound of something breaking-just more or less coasted to a stop. I will have it towed since whether it is the brake shoe or the bearing it will just continue to be ground up or worse if I drive it. I wonder if it should be on a flatbed, since the way they usu. tow them is on the back wheels; that doesn't sound good. What do you think?
The hesitation and cluck sound when backing down the driveway--does that ring any bells? It had just started to happen before the thing gave out.
Driving across bridges and everywhere around the bay area recently I was a bit worried, but the sound seemed to go away when accelerating. Doesn't that sound like the brakes? Since it is a hybrid, with, I suppose, regenerative braking, is this an issue more than the usu. brakes? Do you think the squeaking on the driver's side means anything? It seemed to be not in the front area. When getting in and out of the car on the driver's side it would squeak terribly. It was suggeated that the shocks be replaced as there might be a leak but that leak proved elusive.
Tire noise has been an issue ever since we got new ones about a year or less ago.
regeneritive braking will not have anything to do with this, when stopping this way, the brakes arent even applied until you get down to approx 10 mph. when using regen brakes the transaxle is used as a generator to recharge the traction battery the load is what slows down the car.
as far as towing I would recomend using a Roll-back type truck, do not use a conventional tow truck that picks up by the wheels, especially if your vehicle is Awd.
If you are having tire noise issues, check to see if the tires are wearing out or chopping on the inside (this is usually the case). this is caused by aligment issues, there are aftermarket components that can be installed on the rear suspenion to correct toe/camber issues that wear out the tires like this.
yes, even with new tires and a readjustment after that, they are still noisey.
Since the sound of something breaking was so distinct, and then there was a lillte clattery-ringy noise while coasting, plus the previous sounds while driving, doesn't that sound more like a brake shoe coming apart? The big mysery to me is the heavy clunk while backing up. I hope that doesn't mean transmission.
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