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Dragging sound

Clunky, dragging sound from back of Camry, esp. when braking

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I have a 2000 Camry, suddenly made a dragging sound today. It literally sounded like, perhaps a pipe (or something much bigger) was dragging behind the car. I expected to get out and see some part hanging off the back. It then subsided and all that was left was a very heavy, clunky sound, almost grinding when I brake. Any idea what this could be?

It’s Sunday. I can’t reach my mechanic yet… Is it safe to drive, locally, for a day?? There is no smell or apparent disability, but the sound is so alien and “heavy” … :frowning:

I don’t risk driving with any brake related sounds That I can’t confirm the source. It sounds like rear brake work is in order.

Look under the vehicle and see if one of the rear stablizer bar end links are broken. If there is, it can lean against the inside of a rear wheel and cause a dragging sound along with a clunking sound.