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#4524676 - 09/24/17 10:07 AM Finally happened to me!
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Registered: 10/28/02
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Loc: Duvall WA - Pacific NW USA
Driving my WRX home from the gun show this am, car running great as usual, left out of the valley up the big hill my car started to make a horrible sound. It sounded like front left but radiating - sounds like brakes. Like an 82 Chevy with no brake pads. My pads are still relatively fat. AMAZINGLY LOUD. Stop. Nothing dragging under car, nothing loose. Nothing blown up. No lights.

I proceed the mile home. Jack front left up (I really love my aluminum jack) - Rotating wheel by hand - causes the sound. Pop the wheel off. I was right on the front left wheel. Look down behind rotor. Perfect pyramid shaped rock with base against the sheet metal inner dust shield and apex tip on pyramid phonograph needling the rotor surface (think about it) . Perfect sound amplifier. SO loud! Good news the rock knocked right out. I suppose in a few more miles it would have fallen out. Oddly no detectable scratch on the rotor.

First thing that popped in mind when I heard the horrible sound? How much is this gonna cost!! Hahaha. I have read about this happening to people before. Sort of poo-pooed it.
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#4524683 - 09/24/17 10:17 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
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Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Many will say, "Go buy a lottery ticket because it's your lucky day".

I say DO NOT because you just had your good luck. ...instant pay-off too.

There should be a "happy story" thread.

I'm going to start a "Happy Story" thread in General and Off Topic right now. Kira

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#4524685 - 09/24/17 10:17 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
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Loc: Colorado
Glad it was a free fix! Happened to me before, it fell out when I backed up.

Had it another time landing an airplane - locked up the wheel, flattened the tire and made things exciting for a bit.
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#4524696 - 09/24/17 10:30 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
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I had a 2003 4x4 Tahoe with 16" wheels (really GM?) and without fail on trips to Montana I would have to remove one of the wheels to pull a rock out which was caught between the wheel and brake caliper. After this happening multiple times on the same tip, I upgraded the wheels and tires to 17" and problem was solved. Both of my vehicles these days have 20" wheels so no possibility of trapped rocks.
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#4524699 - 09/24/17 10:33 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: 2015_PSD]
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Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Not even BIG rocks?

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#4524702 - 09/24/17 10:35 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Kira]
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Originally Posted By: Kira
Not even BIG rocks?
Nope, never happened again after I upgraded to 17". The Tahoe only had about 5/16" clearance with 16" wheels.
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#4524709 - 09/24/17 10:42 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
larryinnewyork Offline


Registered: 02/10/12
Posts: 838
Loc: One Step Beyond
I had the same problem driving down a dirt road once.

Every thing was going fine when all of a sudden I heard a LOUD rubbing sound.
I pulled over and looked under the vehicle and saw NO problems.

I figured since every thing looked good, I'd keep driving (and worrying).
I drove about 1/2 mile and the noise kept getting louder and more frequent.

Finally, I heard a LOUD moan, and then every thing was quiet.

I figured the noise was a stone, but not really sure where it was.
Like the OP, it must of been stuck between the rotor and backing plate.

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#4524736 - 09/24/17 11:04 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
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Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2775
Loc: Wet side WA
Pablo but important things first how was the Gun show?
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#4524739 - 09/24/17 11:07 AM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Kira]
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Registered: 01/09/09
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Great job figuring it out so quickly. It could very well have stayed in and caused more damage, too, right? It could also have BEEN something worse, so really good on you for inspecting so quickly.

Originally Posted By: Kira
Many will say, "Go buy a lottery ticket because it's your lucky day".

I say DO NOT because you just had your good luck. ...instant pay-off too.


Funny, I always think the same thing when I hear people say that!

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#4524807 - 09/24/17 12:20 PM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
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Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 331
Loc: Texas,USA
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Pablo but important things first how was the Gun show?


This guy gets it ^

What'd yah buy?

Last gun show, I didn't get a gun, but did get an awesome Kershaw blade.
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#4524816 - 09/24/17 12:30 PM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
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Registered: 08/21/12
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Loc: North Carolina
A lady in my office had this happen. I went outside and saw it. Knocked out pretty easy and no damage. It happens.
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#4524827 - 09/24/17 12:42 PM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
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Loc: Rio Rancho, NM
Glad! ^
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#4524872 - 09/24/17 01:37 PM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
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My wife's E39 5er seemed to pick up a rock jut about once a month; a half-mile gravel driveway doesn't help.
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#4524898 - 09/24/17 02:07 PM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: Pablo]
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You seem to have a history with rocks Pablo. grin2

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#4524912 - 09/24/17 02:29 PM Re: Finally happened to me! [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
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Registered: 03/18/08
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Loc: South Florida
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Pablo but important things first how was the Gun show?


If its anything like the shows around here, nothing but beef jerky and Nazi memorabilia.
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