My 2.5V6 has developed a clack-clack-clack.... sound on the right front wheel. Sounds like something is sticking into the wheels or brake disc or something rotating with the car. Only happens at below 80kmh, the frequency of the sound follows wheel speed. it's loudest when driving slowly, 20-40kmh, if I turned the wheel or step on the gas a little more the clackling gets louder. But it goes away, or maybe gets drowned out by the road & engine noise about 80-100kmh.
Went to a workshop took the wheel off and found nothing.
Removed the balancing weights that was doubleside taped onto the inside of the 15" wheel as it was very near the brake calipers, sound still there. Rebalanced the wheel, put back, still there, but sometimes it went silent for a week then came back.
What else could be the problem?
-My mech said it could the the CV joint wearing out. But the noise CV jt or wheel bearing makes should be different and should get louder at speed.
-1 possibility I can think of is maybe a stone lodged in between brake rotor and the backing plate? Or brake pads rocking in the caliper? Or.....?
Please help. I'm going nuts with this unsolved mystery.
btw, my lower arm ball joint is shot, just waiting for an appointment to fix a new arm and get this noise checked out at same time. The clacking sound has nothing to do with ball joints right? The noise follows wheel rotation, not suspension travel.