[Nissan Sentra 2001 here]

I have a friction sound of metal rubbing together that is coming from the front of my car. It is not the brakes because it happens any time I cold start the car, not particularly when I am braking.

Here's a Video of the Issue where you can hear the sound:


It's coming from the front left side of the car.

I have noticed it happens the worst when I COLD start the car. If I drive it for a while, come to a stop and then try to start within a few minutes again - the sound is very minimal (but has been increasing for the last few days). Definitely worse when I COLD start.

I really dont know what to start looking at - so any pointers could help here.

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    Welcome to the site. That's a nasty noise. Does the noise occur only when the vehicle is moving? What about during braking?
    – Zaid
    Mar 9, 2017 at 18:23
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    Yes, please don't drive your vehicle anymore until you figure this out. That sounds like you've got some major damage happening (or has happened). Very nasty. Mar 9, 2017 at 22:12
  • Agree - shouldn't be driving that. My money is on a completely collapsed bearing, or (I've only ever seen this once) the top bolt has fallen out of the caliper and the caliper is grinding on the inside of the wheel.
    – PeteCon
    Mar 9, 2017 at 22:34
  • @Zaid Yes, only when i am moving. Gets a little better at higher speeds but bad at low speeds
    – Neil Dey
    Mar 10, 2017 at 0:28


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