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Metallic grinding / ticking noise when turning right

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Hi guys.

My 03 350 started making this sort of ticking / metallic grinding noise on the left side whenever I turn right with a bit of gusto (so I assume it's related to the weight transferring to the left hand side during the turn). I can't tell if it's coming from the front or rear wheel, but it doesn't seem to do it when driving straight, turning left or when turning right slowly or gently. I can't feel anything through the steering or any shuddering through the body when it's happening. It's a noise only, and a quite pronounced one at that. And ideas?

cheers!

cam.

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I'd get someone who is knowledgeable about suspension to take a look, in case it's a bent arm or something.

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I took it to auto leaders and they couldn't find anything :( got it home and it wasn't making the noise but I noticed it doing it again on the drive home tonight :(

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See if you can get a mechanic to sit in the car while you take it round the block, and try to replicate the noise for him/her maybe? Otherwise (if there's room) have a good feel around your wheels and tyres on the inner edge to see if your hand hits anything. You could also take the wheel off and check the back for damage if you're able to.

Also might pay to give your wheels a shake from left to right while it's jacked up to check if it could be a wheel bearing that's died, it will rattle around even when the wheel nuts are tight.

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I took my usual mechanic (bloke from auto leaders) around the block today and replicated the noise for him. He was stumped, but believes it is coming from the rear wheel not the front where they had been focusing their attention. When we stopped he put his hand under the car and shook the driveshaft and there seemed to be a bit of play, and we were about to call that a win till he shook the opposite side where there is no noise and it was the same. He said he was happy to get it up on the hoist if I wanted to leave it with them again but instead suggested I see a specialised diff shop. I really can't be without my car now that I'm back to one so I just took the car home. Since it seems to have no impact at all on driveability (which is still amazing) I'm wondering if I should just ignore it till something falls off or at least becomes problematic enough to diagnose? It's worse than the normal 350z diff takeoff click (which it has had since I bought it) but certainly not a thump or a clunk like a worn CV joint. Someone suggested checking the torque of the centre nut but I'm reluctant to touch such things without a professional.

I forgot to mention that I did Jack up the car and neither of the rear wheels have any bearing noise or wiggle

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Front wheel bearing most likely.  How many K's on the car ?

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120k on the car. I don't believe it's the wheel bearings. If it was there would be grinding and movement when the wheel is off the ground but there isn't. I had the rear wheel off last night to see if I could see anything amiss but everything seemed fine. I put the wheel back on extra tight after noticing that the disc rotor had a little bit of play with the wheel off (is this normal???) And so far today I haven't heard the noise. I'd love to say I solved the issue but I think that's wishful thinking I'm waiting for it to return on any right hand bend. The take off clicking is there still but it always was..

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Hopefully it was just the rotor not seating properly on the hub, fingers crossed it solves the problem.

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