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The shock mount looks ok as well.

I jacked up the car and spun the wheel. You can hear a distinct metal clicking/grinding noise I believe may also be responsible for the clunk/rattle I hear when driving. Ideas?
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Can you grip the tire 180 degrees apart and make an attempt to shake each side toward and away from you to see if there's any looseness in the bearing? (Having a hard time describing that right now! haha) Clicking and grinding sounds bearing-ish if I had to guess, unless it's also brake related...which would be quite interesting.

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The shock mount looks ok as well.

I jacked up the car and spun the wheel. You can hear a distinct metal clicking/grinding noise I believe may also be responsible for the clunk/rattle I hear when driving. Ideas?
Front or rear wheel? Something is rubbing, most likely on the heat shield.
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Can you grip the tire 180 degrees apart and make an attempt to shake each side toward and away from you to see if there's any looseness in the bearing? (Having a hard time describing that right now! haha) Clicking and grinding sounds bearing-ish if I had to guess, unless it's also brake related...which would be quite interesting.
This is a response to the most recent two comments since I can't multi quote on my phone. The wheel/area being described for the metal and clunk noise is the right rear. I'll check that as soon as I can for movement.

Previously the bearing was checked and the mechanic said it was ok. Inside the cabin at highway speeds it sounds like a bad bearing but would a bad bearing cause the grinding noise and/or the rattle when going over bumps?

Mechanic is going to check it out. If the rotors are bad they are being sent back and I'll put new ones on like the centrics I linked earlier.

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Fresh rotors and pads going on now. Mechanic doesn't see anything wrong with the suspension yet. I have the konis and eibach springs ready to go but I don't want them on until the issue is sorted.

If he can't find and fix the issue it'll be the third time a mechanic can't diagnose it...argh
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Had new centric rotors and akebono pads put on all 4 corners. It solved the squeaking AND the clunking noise. Right before the work was done I found a video clip of pads rattling in the caliper due to broken clips and it sounded exactly like what I was hearing.

Having the new equipment put on solved it so I believe that was the issue.

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You say this clunking occurs when traversing bumps on the road and nothing seems to stand out. Also, you said the knocking sound is coming from the rear of the vehicle. My 3 was doing that and it turned out to be bad trailing arm bushings. Give this thread a read: Replace trailing arm bush difficulty?


Bad bearings make a grinding sound, not a knocking sound.

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Take off the offending wheel and brake caliper. Make sure that the clip that keeps the pads from slapping around is indeed in place. I had rear pads replaced once and mechanic put pad in without clip. "Clunking" over small bumps forever. Go have a look first - always the first thing to do.
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Take off the offending wheel and brake caliper. Make sure that the clip that keeps the pads from slapping around is indeed in place. I had rear pads replaced once and mechanic put pad in without clip. "Clunking" over small bumps forever. Go have a look first - always the first thing to do.
The clunking noise is gone. The squeaking is back coming from the front left as it was before the rotors and pads were changed; however it's fairly faint at the moment.

I want to tackle this asap before it gets any louder or worse. Since the noise was happening prior to and after the rotor/pad change what could the issue be? Searching online seems to indicate the caliper may not be fully retracting or something needs to be lubed.

The pads and rotors have less than five hundred miles on them. Again, the squeaking occurs while driving when the brakes are NOT being applied.

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