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Gang,

I noticed while driving theThunderbird, there is a "put, put, put, put" sound coming from the back wheel on the driver side. I can especially hear it at low speeds when I let up on the gas. When I apply the brakes, the noise goes away. While I have my foot on the gas, the engine overpowers the noise and I can't hear it, but when I let up on the gas, I hear it again. The car drives great, doesn't pull or anything, and is braking fine. Does anybody know what this is? There are 92K on the clock, if that helps any. I also had all new brakes put on it back in the Spring of 2005 but I've only put at most, 5 or 6K on it since then.

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If you slowly drive around in a tight circle (try left and right) in a parking lot does is get louder like "pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop"?
 

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Cool Dude said:
Do you have an idea as to what it could be?
My car that your driving around in...? :(

I haven't diagnosed it yet. lol

I would normally suspect a bad CV joint but then I've read people saying they last forever in these cars and mine only has 87K on it and the boots are fine, plus it's not like they get the range of motion a FWD car does. I was driving over the bridge yesterday with the moonroof open and windows up and heard the faint “tick tick tick tick” of it while driving straight as well. But it’s a much louder “pop pop pop” when driving in circles. Frequency changes with the rotation speed of whatever it is as well.

Mine seems to be coming from the passenger side.
 

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I havn't driven it in circles, but the noise sounds somewhat like what you're describing. It sounds like something may be rubbing. I looked through the wheel and saw some metal thing that seemed to be REALLY close to the shiny round thing, (i guess this is the disk) almost to where I couldn't even fit a tooth pick in between I don't know. I may lift that side up using a hydraulic jack and take the wheel off to get a better view of it.

As I said though, when I turn the radio down, and let off of the gas, especially at slow speeds or just drifting, I hear it alot.
 

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Well, I fixed this problem. The lug nuts were lose.:eek: I guess I shouldn't drink beer and change tires at the same time.:D I hope that was it. Maybe I'll drive it tonight to see if it still makes the noise.
 

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That is not normally a good thing to do. I have seen a police car that had loose lugnuts from the factory and it wasn't a good thing.
 
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