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Hello,

I’m posting here as my parents car is yet again experiencing difficulties - and I know nothing about cars.

Just this past week the brakes went on the car and it was a very expensive job that they could just barely afford.

The day after it was fixed, we started hearing this awful screeching from the car anytime we would turn or idle. It was always worse the slower we were going.

My father is very hard on the car and drives it very rough. After he came home from a few hours long drive, we noticed the squealing had stopped but now something was dragging at the back. I got out and looked and saw this.

Does anyone know what this might be?
 

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Looks to me like a broken or unhooked suspension part, at the mount for the trailing arm. Needs attention immediately, as it's most likely a dangerous issue. Could also be a result of your brake mechanics improperly reassembling something. Timing is kind of suspicious in that regard. No reason, I can think of why they would have disconnected anything in the suspension for a brake job though.

I would not drive the car like that. Have it towed.
 

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That might be the plastic cover that shields the rear axle from debris (and corrosion). Compare to the other side.

Hopefully the shop that did the brake work didn't lift the car by the control arm!!!! :Darn:To be fair, snagging some road debris could have broken it, too.
 

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Big question is it plastic or metal? If plastic it's probably some type of cover to shield against debris. If it's metal then it's something more critical and I would not drive it until it's checked out.

If it's a plastic shield you could try re-attaching it or take it to a local shop and let them do it
 

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Looks to be the bottom heat shield from your CAT. It's being held on by the O2 sensor. I've seen the same thing now on my 08 and two friends 09 V's.

You have a few options:
Remove the O2 sensor and remove the bottom cover. Risk damage to the O2 sensor and having to replace sensor
Take your V to a local muffler shop and have it reattached. May be short term fix and break loose again depending on quality of weld/ amount of rust on cover
Use a couple band clamps and clamp it back in place. My choice for this issue until I can get under there with an angle grinder and cut it free.
Replace CAT. Really an expensive solution to a minor problem, especially if no engine codes for clogged/degraded emissions
 

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I have to say, the lack of funds in my own life does motivate me to do more of my own work and not drive the car so rough. Just sayin'!
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Anyway, on to the question! I think blackanesman got it right, although I initially thought it was carbuff's answer.
What concerns me is the screetching…….is that really the right word to use when referring to a hanging piece of plastic? I don't think so.....I wouldn't think you would hear much of this at all inside the cabin, other than some soft scraping here and there.
My point is, I don't think fixing this plastic part addresses the screeching and squeeling. I would check your belt and tensioner. The noise might have gotten worse then you turn at lower speeds because the power steering pump is having to work harder while turning and the engine's rpms are low. If that belt is slipping, the load from the p/s pump might be making it squeal a bit more during turns. But, do you notice any poor steering performance?
 
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