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Date Registered: 06-2017
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Clicking at rear wheel every revolution. Hard to turn rear axles. 2007 T31 auto 2.0 dci 150,000k


Hey folks.
First timer post for help. It's a bit long winded but please bear with me.....

The story so far. Last year when the weather was nice enough to have the windows down i noticed a clicking sound coming from the rear left wheel. It sounded to be every revolution. Being too broke to get the garage to look at it i thought I'd have a tinker. Plus the hand brake has always has been pretty shocking so figured I'd look at that at the same time. I couldn't recreate the noise by turning the wheels whilst on axle stands but did notice both wheels quite hard to turn. I stripped off the wheels, calippers and disc/drums on both sides hoping to find something obvious catching or sticky calipper. Both back plates were rusted right through and about to fall off so figured that could be the cause of the clicking. I removed them both with a little brutality and cleaned up the flaky edges. Cleaned up the rear handbrake shoes, drums and adjuster, replaced a sticking handbrake cable on one side and lubed up the other then freed up and lubed the pads, slides and shims. On attempting to set the adjustment on the handbrake shoes following the Nissan tech guide of tightening to fully locked then backing off until the shoes stop catching the drum, i found the resistance in turning either of the rear discs so much that i could hardly tell at what point the shoes stopped catching the drums. I ruled out the calippers by pushing back the pistons and making sure the pads were clear of the discs. It felt like the resistance was possibly from the rear diff. Also, after reassembly the clicking sound was still there and didn't stop or alter when the foot brake or handbrake was applied. As I can only get the clicking to sound when the car is driven, pinpointing it is difficult.
My questions are;
1. Has this resistance been noticed by others setting their brake shoes?
2. Could it be causing the clicking noise?
3. Can the diff be checked/serviced by a home mechanic or is it a specialist job? (I replaced the diff oil last year)
4. Might this be a cause of poor fuel efficiency?

Suppose i could just close the window and turn up the radio but I'm keen to fix it before it causes an expensive breakdown.

Thanks for sticking with me.
James.
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Re: Clicking at rear wheel every revolution. Hard to turn rear axles. 2007 T31 auto 2.0 dci 150,000k


Even with both wheels off the ground you will feel resistance when turning one as it will be turning the other in the opposite direction by action of the differential.

The clicking could be a CV in one of the driveshafts so check all your boots to make sure none of them have split and lost its grease making it run dry and causing excessive wear and damage.

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Re: Clicking at rear wheel every revolution. Hard to turn rear axles. 2007 T31 auto 2.0 dci 150,000k


 Thanks for advice Kev.
I've just had a look at the boots and they all seem intact. You reckon i should expect a certain amount of resistance in the rear diff? If so, that's fine. I've had the noise a while now and it doesn't seem to be getting any worse, just a bit frustrating listening to it when it's warm enough to have the windows down. I was even thinking of letting my Wife drive along while i hang out of the back door just to see if i could pinpoint the noise from a close perspective. I'll check the life insurance policy 1st though!🤕
Cheers, James.
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I had a situation once where a friend was going to replace his rear wheel bearings due to a clicking noise. Upon inspection, it turned out to be a stone caught in his new tyre tread.

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Re: Clicking at rear wheel every revolution. Hard to turn rear axles. 2007 T31 auto 2.0 dci 150,000k


 Thanks for advice Kev.
I've just had a look at the boots and they all seem intact. You reckon i should expect a certain amount of resistance in the rear diff? If so, that's fine. I've had the noise a while now and it doesn't seem to be getting any worse, just a bit frustrating listening to it when it's warm enough to have the windows down. I was even thinking of letting my Wife drive along while i hang out of the back door just to see if i could pinpoint the noise from a close perspective. I'll check the life insurance policy 1st though!🤕
Cheers, James.
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