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I have a '99 Corolla and yesterday I started hearing a sound

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I have a '99 Corolla and yesterday I started hearing a sound like dragging metal coming from the rear of the car, I think on the driver's side. I checked, but nothing was dragging on the pavement. I continued to hear it along with the sound of something metal pinging around, I'm guessing in the wheel. Wasn't sure if a bad bearing could make that sound, as every time I've had bearing issues is was more of a dull roar.
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Customer: The service engine soon light came on the same day, but the sound I was hearing was definitely coming from the rear of the car, so not sure if the two are connected.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Master Auto Tech. replied 1 year ago.
Hi, I'm sorry you are having trouble with your corolla. I will try to help.
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First I'd like to begin by getting a little more information so I can assist you better. I'm assuming your corolla is front wheel drive since the only 4wd corollas are in Japan.
Am I correct? Also do you only hear it while moving or is the noise present while stationary? And finally if it's while moving can you hear it at slow speeds? Oh and yours has rear drum brakes correct?
Please let me know and I will be happy to assist further.Thanks
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I only hear it when moving, and yes, I hear it at slow speeds. Seems even more pronounced then, but that could just be the engine masking it at higher speeds. Yes, I have rear drum brakes.
Expert:  Master Auto Tech. replied 1 year ago.
From your description and what you are saying, I would recommend taking your tire and brake drum off and make sure nothing came loose like a retaining spring on the shoes. if you have hub caps, first pull that off and look but if you don't find anything definatly pull the drum off and look. If something came loose then it could end up being dangerous.
Let me know what you find so I can be of further assistance.Thanks
Expert:  Master Auto Tech. replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Master Auto Tech. replied 1 year ago.
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