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OK I have this scraping noise coming from the drivers side rear wheel...ONLY when I turn right. The noise is slow when going slow but is fast when going fast.
I have replaced the wheel bearings. I also pulled the axle, removed, cleaned, re-lubed the cv joints.
No help. I have noticed that I can only get one click from my emergency brake...2 if I pull hard. Could that be the issue? Or maybe the backing plate rubbing? It's just odd to me that it only happens turning right.
What year is the van? How did you torque the rear wheels how many Ft. pounds?
'84 Camper 1.9
250 ft lbs
Most likely a warped rear Brake Drum or a high spot on in surface of the drum. Do you know who Torqued down the Axle Nuts? The Torque value (the amount of force on Axle nuts) is supposed to be 360 Ft. Lbs. Bad things can happen when they are not Torqued Down correctly. You can loose wheels , wreck Axle shafts and be at the side of the road hopefully unhurt. If the Brake Pedal is real firm think about backing the brakes off with the adjusters.
Bill 84 Tiico Westy
Yep that is how i did mine as well. I checked it by jacking up each side and grab tire at 12 and 6 o'clock and feeling for play you should not have more that 15 thousands. if more than get some one to help you hold the socket as you jump on bar and re check play. My Torque only goes to 250 too. but I have a dial indicator.
Wish I could say; "I know, I know" but can't.
While you have the drum apart and before you have it turned, look on the inner edge and on the backing plate for bare fresh metal wear. If the drum idea doesn't pan out. Think about what is shifting and which direction on a right hand turn.
Figure, right means
leftward pressure on the transmission mount, front edge of tire outward
driver side wheel roll under which rolls the top out, (low pressure would make worse)
force to separate wheel from transmission, so check ends of the axle
Look inside wheel well to see if there is any fresh wear marks
Think I am out of ideas.
good, I was going to say check CV joints
I had the same problem on my 81 Westy. I was certain that it was brakes, full replacement. Problem unresolved, I focused on the bearings...no luck. After several months of guessing I finally found the problem. It was the hub caps! I had the original "Castle" caps and when they heated up, they flexed and got noisy.
HAH. I actually had it happen again on the rear right this time. Turns out the axle bolt was loose about 1/4 of a turn...ugh.