It may seem trite, but have you checked your tires for something embedded in
the tread? Perchance a nail or a large stone?
Also, how certain are you that the noise is from the rear? Maybe it's
something from the front suspension area, but your ears are fooling you...
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 21:10:00 -0700
From: "Ken C" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fw: Help !
Hmmmm, for some reason this never made it to the list ??
> Ok, fellow Spitlisters, here's your chance to shine !! Whoever correctly
> diagnoses this problem will win an all expenses paid trip around the world
> and the winning lotto ticket to the California lottery, currently at $70
> million, OR, my heartfelt thanks !!
> We've heard about this before, a loud 'tick, tick, tick', coming from the
> rear end. Varies with speed and is present all the time, load, no load,
> accel, decel, steady speed, clutch in or out. Put the car up on stands,
> the engine in any gear, no noise at all. So the noise is present only with
> weight on the wheels / suspension.
> The following has been done;
> new universals
> new wheel bearings (and one axle)
> rebuilt differential
> tires rotated (bolt-on wire wheels)
> new spring
> new shocks
> (some of this was done as part of the restoration/rebuilding process)
> I have looked for interference with the brake plate, can't see anything
> not sure what to look for. Checked the wheel nuts after hearing about
> experience, they seem tight.
> At this point, ANY suggestion will be investigated, no matter how weird.
> I've been fighting this since May and it's no longer "a learning
> experience". The best suggestion so far is find a good mechanic. If you
> of one in the San Diego area, let me know.
> Ken C
> '72 Spit