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What Is a Wheel Bearing? Diagnosing a Wheel Bearing Noise

Updated on January 9, 2017
A bearing in its race.
A bearing in its race. | Source

Your mechanic says you need a wheel bearing, but you wonder "What is that?" I will make this as easy as possible to understand, with pictures, video, and my own interpretation. I'll tell you what a wheel bearing is, its job, where it's located, and what it sounds like when it's damaged.

What Is a Wheel Bearing?

A wheel bearing is a set of steel balls held together by a metal ring called a race. They help wheels spin fast with as little friction as possible. They are used on all kinds of vehicles, from bicycles to aircraft and cars. On a car, a wheel bearing rides on a metal axle shaft and fits tightly inside the hub, which is a hollow chunk of metal at the center of the wheel. The hub holds the lug bolts that you use to bolt the tire onto the wheel. The wheel bearing is pressed into the hub from the back.

What Does a Bad Wheel Bearing Sound Like?

When bearings are damaged and making noise, it's hard to diagnose because you have to drive the vehicle in order to reproduce the sound. Here are tips to help you find the source of the problem:

  • When the seal on the wheel bearing is broken or damaged, the noise starts out very faint and becomes louder over time. It sounds like the noise that your tires make when hitting a rumble strip on the highway, just not quite as loud, something like the sound of playing cards flapping against bicycle spokes.
  • While driving down the road about 40 mph, sway the car side to side slowly, shifting the weight of the vehicle from one side to the other. Do not drive crazy or cause the car to spin out, just sway it gently. Notice whether the noise gets louder or softer. If the noise is a little less if you turn right, the damaged bearing may be on the left, or vice versa.
  • Note that tires that are "chopped" or "scalloped" (worn in patches) also make a rhythmic noise that increases in speed. This sounds very similar to a bad wheel bearing. Look at your tires as well if you hear this kind of noise.

Wheel Bearing Noise With a Tire Noise: Very Loud and Vibrating

A bearing inside a hub.
A bearing inside a hub. | Source
The wheel bearing is pressed into a hub.
The wheel bearing is pressed into a hub. | Source

Why Do Wheel Bearings Make Noise?

Most wheel bearings are hardened steel and can withstand a lot of abuse. Its two worst enemies are heat and water. Heat caused by lack of lubrication can destroy a wheel bearing. Water that penetrates a sealed bearing will also destroy it.

Most wheel bearings manufactured today are sealed. They come from the factory pressed together as an assembly: front race, bearing set, center race, bearing set, and outer race, with seals on both the front and rear. Seals protect bearings from the elements, water, and debris, and they also seal in the high-temperature grease the bearing needs. When a seal is broken or damaged, the wheel bearing will fail and start making noise.

Damaged wheel bearing race
Damaged wheel bearing race

Pinpointing the Source of Bearing Noise

As explained in the video below, if you really want to know whether your noise is a bearing noise and you can get the car up on a lift, you can use an improvised stethoscope (actually a big screwdriver) to listen to the sound and find out where it's coming from. Have someone in the vehicle start it and run it at about 40 mph. Using a long screwdriver or stethoscope, rest it on the hub near each wheel bearing. Careful! Don't let the tool touch a moving part, or it could fly up and hit you. Listen through the handle of the screwdriver (or through the stethoscope) for the noise, and I guarantee you will be able to determine which bearing is bad.

Wheel Bearing Noise Amplified by a Screwdriver Handle

Replacing Your Wheel Bearing

Wheel bearings do not fail immediately, and usually give you some time before you need to have them replaced. I suppose if a wheel bearing failed completely it could lock up and prevent the car from moving. Then again, my daughter drove on a noisy bearing for six months and nothing happened except that it got louder and louder.

You shouldn't necessarily have the bearings on both sides replaced. Just because one fails is no reason to think the others are about to; bearings should last a long time.

Replacing one is a bit expensive because of the labor involved. There are a lot of parts to remove and get out of the way before you can get to the wheel bearing, especially on a four-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive vehicle. It's a difficult job to do yourself without a press, because it's a tight fit getting the bearing in and out of the hub. It's less work (though more expense for parts) to replace the whole hub and bearing as a unit.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bukky,

      A wheel bearing will get louder at higher speeds, so it's a good possibility that is your noise, but they don't usually sound like an engine belt, more like a steady hum, and it would be unusual for it to have an effect on fuel mileage, unless it was starting to seize, but you would most likely notice because your wheel would get extremely hot. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi ES,

      I'm not sure about your mechanic and what they are capable of lol. The price seems a little high, depending on where you live, but the noise you're hearing now could be caused by tires or something else. If the noise only happens when braking, it's possible the noise is coming from the pads or rotors. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Darla,

      Sometimes a wheel bearing can have some play (looseness) but usually isn't dangerous to drive, that may have been a scare tactic, especially since you didn't hear any noise from the wheel bearing. Sometimes wheel bearings are difficult to remove because of corrosion, so it is possible you may have needed a knuckle assembly, but the prices seem extremely high for this job. This problem would have been a good one to get a second opinion on. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Bukky 3 days ago

      Hi Eddie, thanks for detailed information. My car is a VW Golf, my mechanic indicated the back left wheel bearing was faulty few months back, that was replaced. less then 2 months, I hear similar noise, but from the front left side of the car. obviously concerned as it the front of the car and wondering if it an engine fault. I had it services and was told it my front wheel bearing. the noise is worse when on the motorway and driving about 50-70 and sounds like a loose belt noise. I'm over analysing things?

      2ndly does a faulty wheel bearing have any effect on fuel consumption?

      thanks.

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      Es 5 days ago

      Hi

      Thanks very informative

      Few questions I have a 2006 Murano and last year had some noises while I was driving mechanic said it was wheel bearing charged$ 500 to replace (is that expensive? He changed the price on me I got a bad feeling) anyway after it was done the noise was gone but I do have a whirring sound at exactly 30-35 mph and almost like a high pitched steady humming sound as the car slows down from there. Is this still a bearing issue? Did he just do a bad job on it? Also didn't think this was related but I saw in one comment here so just curious after he did the bearing I had one rear brake that was grinding actually needed to replace the rotor and pad then few weeks later was grinding again turns out caliper had some issue do you think the first mechanic just screwed this all up?

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      Darla Resnick 5 days ago

      My 2010 mercury Milan Hybrid, 41,000 miles went in for oil change, they said have bad wheel bearings & car unsafe to drive. $600 to repair, told them go ahead. Next day, they called said the car needs a knuckle, impossible to get bearings out. Another $300. I never heard noises, nor did my car alert me to a tire problem as it does when tire is low on air, or other problem. Does this sound right to you? I'm alone with no one to advise me. I love my car, but now I'm afraid to drive it, if I ever get it back. It's still at the Ford dealer. Thank you for your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carol,

      If you didn't take the mechanic for a ride to point out the noise, do it next time in so they know what noise you are concerned with. The humming noise could be either tires or a wheel bearing, it's the two most likely causes. Let me know what happens next visit, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      That's great Monicah :)

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      There are a lot of things that can make these types of noises. I recommend having the ball joints and strut mounts checked for any play or looseness.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Usually, they are either mounted on the edges of the rim or on the inside of the drum of the rim. If you were to look between the spokes of the wheels you will see them stuck to the inside of the rim near the calipers.

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      Carol 6 days ago

      .. Loved your videos! I have a new car and the dealer said he cant hear my concerns when he drove it and dismssed it. Car makes a humming, echo sound, same pitch, hmmmm....hmmm sound when braking - a long braking after driving about 40 mph. and the same hummm.. hummm sound when driving above 40mph- it is soft but I hear it. Comes and goes but sound is progressively getting more frequent. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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      Monicah 12 days ago

      I have read the article about bearing and am now convinced on what my mechanic told me.Thanks.

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      Melissa Penn 12 days ago

      I have a 2010 Dodge Journey FWD. Two days ago, I was driving about 2 hours away from home and had something bang on the bottom passenger side of the car. Later that night when I was leaving to come home, I heard a loud pop/thud as I was backing out of a parking space and stopped the car. This noise doesn't happen while going down the road and not when stopping alone. Only when the vehicle is turning and being stopped. Yesterday my husband and I took off the passenger front tire to check the CV Joint and Ball Joint behind the rotor. As far as either of us can tell nothing is messed up. We did notice the brake pads on that side are resting on the rotor even when the car is in park and the brake petal is not being pressed. From the explanation could you help me narrow down what could be the cause of the pop/thud noise I am experiencing?

      I use this car to travel a lot and my children are usually with me in this vehicle. I do not want anything crazy to happen with my children in the car.

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      joinflorida 13 days ago

      Unfortunately I don't know where the wheel weights are located. I have a 2013 Toyota Camry does that help

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      Eddie Carrara 13 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joinflorida,

      It sounds to me like they bay be using the wrong wheel weights and they hit the caliper after the wheels are balanced. Do you know where the wheel weights are located on your wheels? Are they close to the calipers?

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      joinflorida 13 days ago

      I had no noises from my car until had a new set of tires. After that I heard bump bump bump noises which the dealership said was a bad wheel. bearing. They fixed the one and the sound went away. I then had the tires rotated and low and behold the sound started again. The dealership again said it wasa wheel bearing. Why would the sounds only start when something has been done with the tires. At $600. a wheel this is getting expensive,. Your comments would be appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Meghan,

      I highly suggest you have a mechanic put the vehicle on a car lift and inspect the rear suspension, I'm sure the mechanic will find either something loose or broken.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Tina :)

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      Meghan humphrey 2 weeks ago

      Hi, my 97 camry has been making a rattling clunking noise that seemed like it's coming from the trunk. It also has a shake around 70. The clunking just got way worse and now shake and noise happens BAD when going over 60. Help

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      Tina 3 weeks ago

      Very helpful.. thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Francois,

      Usually, a worn outer CV joint makes a clicking noise around corners. A wheel bearing will make a groaning noise around 25 mph and above, chopped or uneven tire wear can also make a similar noise compared to a damaged wheel bearing. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Donna,

      Is your ABS light on or does it come on at times when you feel this happen? The scenario you're describing sounds like the ABS pump is running. Do you feel any kick back in the brake pedal?

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      Francois Holloway 3 weeks ago

      I've learnt something today. I thought it was my front CV joint that could have been damaged. Does the sound of a faulty bearing come close to a worn out CV joint.

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      Donna 4 weeks ago

      Thanks for your advice Eddie. I wonder if it is the wheel bearing. The noise is almost nonexistent. I hear a grinding sound when in reverse turning the front wheels to the left. The vibration in the steering wheel and the whole car is what is bad and worsening. The other thing that mystifies every mechanic I have taken the car to is this. While driving at any speed, at times it feels like the passenger front wheel skids or slows down and skid for maybe 3 seconds and then OK. It is doing this more and more now as the vibration gets worse. When this happens you can feel the vibration as if I went over a speed reduction strip. This has been going on for over a year and now the vibrations and grinding when I am in reverse as I stated above. Brakes are fine. A lot of front end suspension parts replaced. Wheels aligned. Tires balanced. None of these things have corrected this problem. Do you still think it could even be wheel bearings? I don't notice a constant road noise unless I have become used to it and don't even know it. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Donna,

      Wheel bearings start making noise around 25 mph and get worse the faster you go...Usually. Sometimes they are damaged enough to feel a vibration, or at least you think you feel it because of the noise. You'll need to find a mechanic who is knowledgeable in regards to wheel bearings otherwise these fly by night mechanics will just continue to through parts at your car until the noise is gone. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Doug,

      Not usually, if a bearing is making noise, usually it is not intermittent. Can you upload the video to YouTube and send me the link?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Iowaguy :)

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      Donna 4 weeks ago

      I have had a problem for over a year now that is getting worse. No one has been able to diagnose it. I had struts replaced, the half shafts on the front, tie rods and nothing has solved the problem.

      One mechanic suggested that it might be the wheel bearings, but I had already put $1300 into the car for the above mentioned parts, plus labor, so unless he is sure I am not letting him put another part on and maybe not fix it.

      Here is the problem. Sporadically I feel a vibration that I can even feel in the seat and steering wheel and the sound almost like going over a speed reduction strip on the highway. It almost feels like one of my wheels actually stops turning or slows down. Other people have heard and felt it, even a mechanic, but no one can diagnose it. The car is a 2004 Nissan Maxima. I love the car and it is in great shape otherwise with only 116, 495 miles on it. I want to keep the car.

      Today the vibration in the steering wheel was visible along with feeling it and those times when it makes the speed reduction strip sound and feels like the wheel is stuck or not turning properly happened much more frequently and was worse.

      What do you think it is? I can take your thoughts to another mechanic and they may listen to me. Some have not been able to make it fail so they say just to wait. They don't drive it long enough to test it. AND this problem is much worse at high speeds. I have had the wheels aligned and balanced with no difference.

      Thanks for your help.

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      Doug 4 weeks ago

      I have that sound and shaking that comes from the rear passenger side of a CRV 2005, the problem is it is intermittent. I had the car at a Honda repair shop 3 times but they can not find the sound like a flat tire coming from the rear. I even recorded the sound on a tablet and played it to the service shop . Can a bearing do this come and go ?

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      IowaGuy 5 weeks ago

      Very helpful thanks for sharing!!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hayden,

      Sorry for the late reply. The tech didn't road test the vehicle after the repair, otherwise, he would have heard the wheel bearing still making noise. I recommend road testing with him to point out the noise and be adamant that the noise has not changed and you would like it fixed it right this time at no charge. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      haydenfries 5 weeks ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I have this low rumbling noise coming from the back passenger side of my 2005 Altima. It comes on around 25 mph, and definitely gets more noticeable as I get over 40. I took it to the mechanic today and told him about the deep, low rubbing noise coming from the back right, he called me back and told me the wheel bearing needed to be replaced, I told him to do it. I picked up the car and got back on the highway and noticed that literally nothing has changed. I spent $264 on the wheel bearing (+97 for him to fix the AC). $390 total. Can you tell me what the hell just happened?? lol or how I should handle this...

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      Hayden F 5 weeks ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I have this very low rumble that comes after I hit 25 mph, and it definitely gets more noticeable as I hit 40. I took it to the mechanic today, I told him I heard what I thought was a low, deep rubbing noise coming from the back of the car on the passenger side. He called me back and told me the wheel bearing needed to be replaced so I told him to do it. When I get back on the highway I noticed that I felt like literally nothing has changed. Same low rumbling from the back right. I called him back and he said to come take a drive tomorrow... It cost me $264 (+ $97 to fix the AC). $390 total. Can you tell me what the hell just happened to me?? Or how I should handle this...lol

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Terri,

      If a wheel bearing is just starting to make noise, or if you just started hearing the wheel bearing, I recommend having the wheel bearing checked for play just to be sure the wheel is still tight. The mechanic ( if honest) should be able to diagnose how worn it is and if it is safe to drive.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Massi,

      Wheel bearings don't make a clicking noise, CV joint make a clicking noise when turning from a stop and accelerating, could that be your noise?

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      Terri 7 weeks ago

      Enjoyed your video on wheel bearings. I have a bad wheel bearing. Is it ok to drive on freeway with a bad bearing. I go the speed limit or is it better to go streets

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      Massi 7 weeks ago

      Hey, I just had the passenger side wheel bearing replace, I'm still hearing the same clicking sound when I drive it or hit the breaks.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeremy,

      That's awesome, thank you for the feedback :)

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      Jeremy Roskell 7 weeks ago

      Very helpfully. Exactly what my wheel sounds like. Thanks for the help

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Yes Mike,

      A damaged wheel bearing will start to make noise right around 25 MPH. I have a few videos attached to my articles on wheel bearings. You can search my articles on this page. Let me know if you can't find them, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ashley,

      Sorry for the late reply. It sounds to me like you have some type of blockage in the line. If the brake pads are not releasing, you may have a brake line that is collapsed internally or a bent metal brake line. I recommend having all the brake lines inspected first, if everything checks out ok, you may need to replace the brake master cylinder. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Mike 7 weeks ago

      Will a wheel bearing make a humming noise and cause a slight shake when under hard acceleration and braking at highway speeds (90kmh)

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      Mike 7 weeks ago

      Will a bad wheel bearing make a humming sound as well?

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      Ashley van Atta 8 weeks ago

      I currently baught a new used car lol of course I figured there would be some work to do but I replaced all break pads and roaters and even a caliper on my driver side back tire well I drove on it for a few days now and that same tire i put the caliper on is smoking a lot and my roater is getting ate up and this is the 2nd time now it's done this any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Azam,

      I recommend having it checked by a mechanic, if they tell you the repair can wait, then you have some time to save for the repair. I can't make the judgment without seeing the vehicle.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kecia,

      I recommend having the tire and rim checked, your tire may be bald or down to the steel belts, or your rim is bent. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Val,

      If the wheel bearing has play but is not noisy, you should be ok to drive, especially if the garage let you drive off with the car. This wheel bearing may be covered under the powertrain warranty, and if you're under 3years and 36 months, you should be covered. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Azam 2 months ago

      Is it dangerous not to replace wheel bearing. In my car Nissan there is little noise of bearing like small bells. Is it necessary to replace bearing now

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      kecia houston 2 months ago

      My passenger front tire wobbles at a slow pace no noise just wobbles

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      Val Jones 2 months ago

      Hi, my 3 yr old Nissan has just failed its MOT - front wheel bearing has excessive play...near side. I don't experience any noise when driving the car. I have it booked in to Nissan because it is still under warranty. I hope it is covered. Do you know if this problem is covered unde warranty? Also, is it safe to drive my car. I'm just a woman who needs advice. I wasn't told not to drive my car after the. I am still under my current MOT till 30/5/17.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kaylee,

      That sounds like a wheel bearing to me :) Did you watch any of my videos that have wheel bearing noises in them?

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      Kaylee 2 months ago

      I'm bringing my car in today but I thought I'd do some research beforehand... my 2011 Honda CR-V just started making this very very loud humming noise when I drive over 50 mph. It's not the 'shaking' or 'grinding' noise that people have when experiencing a bad wheel bearing, so I'm kind of stumped. The humming noise is very loud to the point where I can't even talk to the person in the passenger seat, and the noise stops when I go around a curve, both to the left and right. Any idea what it could be?

      Thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Margie,

      I recommend having the brakes checked, it sounds like your brake pad wear indicator is hitting the rotor. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      margie 2 months ago

      My car sounds like I have a bird in it but when I put brakes on it stops HHR 2007 Chev

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tam,

      Yes, that sounds like a wheel bearing to me.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Louis,

      Typically a wheel bearing that has play will make noise depending on the type of bearing. I say depending on the type of bearing because some tapered roller bearings can have some play and no noise, but most ball bearing sets with play have noise.

      You could ask the mechanic to snug the bearing lock nut for now and wait to see if any noise comes from it in the near future. The play could also be from worn ball joints or tie rods like you have suggested. It may be a good idea to get a second opinion, it will cost you a couple bucks up front but it could also save you hundreds you don't need to spend. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Louis 2 months ago

      Hi, I just had my car checked for the ball joints (which indeed have to be replaced on both sides, the popping sounds don't lie), and while he was at it the mechanic told me I also had a bad bearing (front right) and did show some loose when he moved the wheel left and right when the car was lifted. I was surprised because I don't hear the typical buzzing/humming sound at all even at speeds exceeding 65 MPH. I was wondering what is the probability of indeed having a worn ball joint that doesn't produce any noise? Could that loose be instead caused by the faulty ball joints, or maybe worn tie rods?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sylvia,

      It's possible the mechanic could have left something loose. I recommend towing it back to the garage who replaced the wheel bearing and have them fix it at no charge if you both agree it was their mechanic's fault.

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      Sylvia Draper 2 months ago

      A mechanic replaced the bearings then a few months later the from end of my jeep was on the ground, looked like the rod broke in half. I was told that whoever pressed the wheel bearings did not do it properly and that's what caused the new damage. I was lucky my car broke on my driveway instead of on the road, does this sound right?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joey,

      If the noise sounds like the noise in the video, most likely it's a wheel bearing. Is there any way you could take a video of the noise, then put it on YouTube, then send me the link so I can hear the noise?

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      joey 3 months ago

      Hi eddie, i want to see if you can help me with this, my car is doing that sound but when i press on the brakes.. the steering wheel shakes a little, and after a while of driving the noise and the shaking goes away... but when i slow down and speed up again... its the same story again, what do you think? I've had breaks checked out already and balenced the tires...

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Glenn,

      I recommend starting with a tire balance for the vibration. The growling noise sounds like the new rotors making noise. Did you have this noise before the repair? If not, most likely it's the new rotors. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carla,

      Usually a creaking type noise at low speeds is caused by either a caliper needing lube or a ball joint. I recommend trying the caliper lube first, it's the cost of labor and some grease. Keep me posted on how you make out, thanks Carla.

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      glenn 3 months ago

      I have a 08 Silverado 1500 4x4 I put new hubs rotors pads calipers I have a vibration between 45 and 50 and when I come to a stop I get a growling noise wondering if it could be inner axel bearings

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      Carla 3 months ago

      Had bearing, brake pads, and cv axle replaced. Still, there is an intermittent "creaking" noise when Wheel spins and when turning. Mechanics have looked at car on 7 different occasions and cannot say, what is wrong. Thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi KENNEDY,

      THAT'S GREAT! Thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback, I really appreciate it :)

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      KENNEDY 3 months ago

      Thanks for the info. Helped me figure out what was wrong with my car.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Denise,

      Bearings usually make noise above 25 MPH so you are most likely hearing the brake pad wear indicator hitting the rotors which means you may need brakes soon. I recommend having them checked soon. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Georgina,

      It would be unusual to have a wheel fall off because of a wheel bearing noise, but is possible if the bearing is completely warn and making a lot of noise, smoke and heat. Wheel bearing replacement cost depend on if it's a 4wd, front or rear bearing, slide on or press on bearings, etc. the range could be from $200 - $800 per bearing. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tasha,

      There are a few other things to have checked like motor mounts and transmission mounts. How is the engine running, does it run smooth? Is the check engine light on?

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      Denise Armstrong 3 months ago

      I recently noticed a high humming sound coming from under the front end of my 2013 Elantra, it's especially noisy when I back up. I hear it every once in a while when going forward but it's not as loud. My tires are only 4 months old so could this sound be the bearings?

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      Georgina rea 3 months ago

      I wanted to know it might take me awhile to get that replaced but is there a chance that the wheel might pop off while I'm driving what would the price range be and repair in that on a Kia Sportage thank you

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      Tasha 3 months ago

      Hi I have a 2005 chevy impala and when I put my feet on the pedal and drive I feel a lot of shaking and when I put my feet on brakes it stop wheat can it be change the tires all four of them put tire rods on the front both sides wheel bearing both sides brakes both sides now what else can i do.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jennie,

      I recommend bringing the vehicle back to the shop who replaced the wheel bearings and have them go for a ride with you so you can point out the noise. It's possible another bearing has gone bad, but it's also possible the last bearing replaced was installed incorrectly. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Jennie Self 3 months ago

      My noise is a loud roaring sound, and the car doesn't shake at all, it was doing this before and a mechanic shop replaced the rear bearings 3 months later now it's doing it again

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nancy,

      Wheel bearings are not the only parts that can contribute to sloppiness or play in the suspension. I recommend having someone check all ball joints and suspension parts thoroughly.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Fitz,

      I really appreciate your feedback :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mudasir,

      I recommend having someone check the CV joints for leaking or damage. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      It's rare a wheel bearing will seize, it would have to be making a loud grinding noise and the bearing would get very hot. I recommend replacing as soon as you have the money, In the mean time, have it checked for any visible damage.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Running Out Of Money,

      On some cars the hub needs to be remove before you can replace a rotor, if this is the case with your vehicle it is possible they may have damaged the rotor. Diving on it doesn't help the bearing get any better, but eventually you will need to replace it. I recommend asking them to at lease split the cost, that seems fair to me because no one knows who damaged the wheel bearing.

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      nancy 3 months ago

      what if you just put a new bearring in 7 months ago but when checked,the wheel on that side has a bit of give up and down

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      Fitz 3 months ago

      Great posting, very clear and informative. Nice job, Eddie.

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      mudasir 3 months ago

      Hi Everybody.

      I have sonata 2013 on the highway its front wheels voice coming during left turning look like tik tik tik vibrating . can any body have experience and reply me what is actual problem.

      thanks

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      Sarah 3 months ago

      How long before you wheel seizes after you hear the noise

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      Running out of Money 3 months ago

      Hi, I recently had all four brakes and rotors replaced. Within a couple of days, I began to hear a sound coming from the left front wheel like a helicopter is going to land on my car (2011 Veracruz) I took it immediately back to the mechanic store. They said they didn't hear anything. The sound persisted especially between 50-70mph. I took it back again I made them ride with me on the highway until sound was evident they could hear. They said wheel bearing needs replaced, we need more $$. I'm not entirely sure they did not damage the bearing while doing the brake work, the car never made that sound before the brake work. I wish there was a Hippocratic oath for mechanics, "first do no harm!" Should I make them replace the bearing on "their dime?" And if I continue to drive it, am I continuing to do further damage to my vehicle?

      Thanks in advance

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Darren,

      Let me know if you have any questions :)

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      Darren 3 months ago

      Great post, very helpful! Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

      It's possible you have a wheel bearing noise, but just keep in mind that brakes do make all kinds of different noises, wheel bearings make noise above 25 mph (usually). I recommend having someone check your brakes real quick just in case they are what is causing the noise. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Noni,

      Is it an automatic or standard transmission?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Javier,

      You're welcome, keep me posted on what you end up replacing, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Larry,

      Yes sir, if the wheel bearing has significant play, it could very well make the steering feel loose.

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      Victoria 3 months ago

      Hey!

      I have a problem on my car im not sure if its my bearing on the front right or my rach and pinion. It sounds like metal grinding as i drive. It squeals and grinds constantly but gets worse when i turn right and gets quiet for a more than 90 degree turn. I know my brakes are good, ive had to drive a car with no pads left, so i know how it feels. Please let me know what you think. I'd greatly appreciate the help!

      Thanks,

      Victoria

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      Javier Fajardo 3 months ago

      Very helpful information. I have some noise in my car and after reading your article it looks like I have to replace the wheel bearings. Thank you.

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      Larry nieman 3 months ago

      Can a front bearing make the steering seem loose

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gabriel,

      I'm not sure what they mean, they could mean outside front, but which side?

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      gabriel 4 months ago

      hi there. i been to service car and they told me i need OSF Wheel bearing? what it that it the bearing front? or it the OSF long bar ?? thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ted,

      Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it very much :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mark,

      You'll need to have a mechanic put it on a lift and inspect the bearing with the wheel off the ground, keep in mind that uneven tire wear can cause noise as well.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Meaghan,

      I'm not sure of the type of noise you're talking about or when you hear it. Also I'm not sure what you mean by campers?? Calipers? Camber? Let me know what your paperwork says.

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      Ted 4 months ago

      I just had a front bearing replaced, fortunately the extended warranty covered all expenses. The description of the noises and symptoms were spot on. Great piece of knowledge to have and very well written

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      Mark Wing 4 months ago

      I have a Colt Club Cab 2.8tdi 4x4.

      Between 90 -110 km/ph I hear a rumbling noise which is quiet at first then grows louder and tapers off to dead quiet at 120km/ph. I suspect a bearing noise from my right front as there is irregular wear on that tyre. Am I right and how could I be sure?

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      Meaghan 4 months ago

      My sister's car is making noise but a mechanic told her she needs campers before getting an alignment. Is this the same thing?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aluma,

      You don't have to be car savvy, I'm here lol. The wheel bearing is most likely causing the noise, the vibration while driving could be from the wheel bearing too, but most likely you need a tire balance. The pulsation when braking is most likely caused by warped front rotors. Let me know if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what your mechanic finds, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Mary :)

      If you have any questions, you know where to find me.

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      Aluma 4 months ago

      Our '06 Sienna has gotten loud while driving. The noise is there even at slower speeds but picks up at about 45mph and gets louder as speed increases. The sound is hard to describe but it's like a rhythmic hum or like repeating the "th" sound. The sound gets worse when veering to the left. There is a vibration in the car or at least the built in dvd screen shakes quite a bit as does the passenger seat a little. Could this be a bad wheel bearing? The van also vibrates/shakes when stopping, could this be related or an entirely different issue?

      We are not car savvy, any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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      Mary Warmbrod 4 months ago

      Thanks for the explanation, sounds & pictures of the wheel bearing. I just had it replaced on my right front of an 11 year old car. I heard scraping sounds so went to dealer. I wanted to see what a wheel bearing looked like. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where we have had a snowy & very cold winter but also some melting spells.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Luke, I really appreciate the feedback :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nicola,

      A duraboot is a replacement CV joint boot. It hold grease in and around the CV joint and keep debris out that can destroy a CV joint. Hope this helps.

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      luke 4 months ago

      Very nicely written article. Thank you for this.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Merko,

      Great questions! The only way to know absolutely which bearing it is, is to use a stethoscope on each hub with the car on the lift and all 4 wheels spinning. All 4 wheels have wheel bearings and wheel bearing noise travels through the vehicle and echo's, so it's very difficult to pinpoint the noise just by driving. I believe your noise is a wheel bearing and possibly the right front, but I can't be 100% positive without looking at the vehicle.

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      merko 4 months ago

      on honda crv 2005 200K miles. Had right rear wheel bearing replaced. two months later, "tire noise"

      on new unworn tires, so figure it's another wheel bearing, as did the mechanic. However,(haven't fixed

      it yet)when I do the 'swerve' or 'wide sweeping turn' test, there is definitely a change in the noise when I turn left--a left turn or swerve makes the 'tirenoise' sound louder, while a swerve ie lane change, or sweeping longer right turn makes the sound almost disappear. (Summary: sound is present when driving straight ahead, gets louder with a veer right and gets much quieter when veer right). Is your comment that "left swerve noise=rightside bearing" and "right swerve noise=left bearing" an absolute. In other words, my noise is clearly loud(er)going from straight to left---is there any way it could still be a left-side bearing? Also, are these bearings only on rear wheels, or equally on all four wheels? If four wheels, then is it possible that since I just replaced the right rear wheel bearing, the 'swerving left noise' means that now it's the right FRONT bearing? Or that the right rear bearing (recently replaced) is still a problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sharron,

      First I think you should get a second opinion just to be sure it's only one bearing and not more. Usually bearings do not fail in pairs. Now to answer your question, it really all depends on what is wrong with the bearing. If the bearing has play and is worn dangerously I would say it not safe to drive, but if the bearing is tight and as no signs of play and the only reason for replacing it is because of noise, then you could by some time, just keep an ear on the noise, if it gets louder, have it replaced.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you for the Feedback Hiub, I really appreciate it, it's people like you who keep me going ;)

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      Sherron Cryer 4 months ago

      I've been told that my wheel bearings are going to need repair. Is it dangerous for me to drive the car for a while? It's a Ford Freestyle 2007 with 125K miles

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      Hiub 5 months ago

      Very well explained. I knew nothing about this and now after this information, I believe I know a lot. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lawanda,

      If your brake pedal feels different and is not stopping the car like it should, you really need to have the brakes checked ASAP! It sounds to me like you brake pads may be worn very low and are starting to make noise. Let me know if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what you find out, thanks.

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      Lawanda 5 months ago

      Eddie, well while driving my car is making a ticking noise when i push on the brakes to stop. It stops then moves a little more before stopping. Afraid to drive it, it feels like my brake pedal is going dowb further than it should.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wanda,

      If the noise is even louder now, don't let the mechanic jump all over you, you need to push back and tell them that the noise is even louder and you never fixed the problem I came in for. It's BS for the mechanic to have a temper tantrum when it's obvious the problem was never fixed and it's even worse after they tried to fix it. You should either get your money back or they should fix it for nothing, they need to own up to their mistake.

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      Wanda DeLeon 5 months ago

      I just had my left front wheel bearing replaced. The car is even louder. I don't know if he didn't place it right or if the part is defective. I went back and the mechanic jumped all over my but saying some people are never satisfied. If the wheel moves any when you push on it is it not placed right or what is wrong? In a delima! Thanks

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      Marcia Williams 5 months ago

      Very helpful for female car owner ! Thank you

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      Waseem Ahmed 5 months ago

      Thanks a lot for your informative, detailed and helpful post.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zelda,

      If the noise disappeared when they switched the tires and rims, most likely it's the tires you're hearing. Hope this helps ;)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      Not usually. What speed do you hear the noise, and under what driving conditions do you hear it? Is the noise a steady noise or does it come and go? Let me know, thanks.

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      Chris R 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie, Im not real sure if its the wheel bearing on my 2008 Chevy Uplander. I haven't noticed that winding sound as you discribed or cards in spokes its sounding like metal grinding together or peaces of metal clinging together when I drive. Could a wheel bearing also make these kind of sounds also?

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      Zelda Turner 5 months ago

      After the rear brake job, I still hear the sound. The dealership temporarily swapped my tires and rims with another vehicle. When I drove the vehicle, I couldn't hear the sound, but the road noise was significantly louder, so I can't be sure if the noise masked the sound, or the tires & rims solved the issue. They put my original tires & rims back on and I am driving the vehicle with the noise. We agreed that since they can't hear it and I can, I will drive it until the noise gets louder so they can hear it.

      I believe I hear it because of my digital hearing aids. With them, I hear the most resonant sounds at a decibel level others can't hear, especially mechanical and digitally created sounds.

      At least it is documented that there was a problem during warranty and it was not resolved.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      It will usually make noise or your ABS light will come on. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      David King 5 months ago

      How do you tell when a wheel bearing is not put in properly

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      Janet Miller 5 months ago

      How long or how safe is it to drive your car like that?? Before you can get your car fixed??? Wheel bearing is it expensive?? Can anyone do it themselves??

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zelda,

      Thanks for the update, and let me know if the rotor replacement changes anything, just keep in mind, rotors will only ake noise when the brakes are applied, unless you have a clapper that is frozen. I don't think you have a frown camper though cause you would more noticible issues.

      Hi Karen,

      Wheel bearings are sometimes difficult to diagnose, but you also have other parts that could have gotten damaged like CV joints and axle carrier bearings.

      What your describing sounds like a wheel bearing noise, you just need to find a mechanic who can figure out which one :( Let me know if you have any other questions, and keep me posted on what you find out, thanks.

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      Zelda Turner 6 months ago

      Thanks, Eddie. The dealership has replaced all my tires and wheels, but they are hearing a noise that they believe may be from the rear brakes. They will be replacing the rotors and pads to see if that fixes the problem. I also wish to correct a misstatement in one of my prior posts. When I said, "This makes me believe the trouble may be on the right side, more particularly the left front, as I get the impression that I'm driving into the sound. " I meant to say that the trouble may be on the LEFT side. Didn't catch that until I just re-read my post.

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      Karen 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your response. Unfortunately the auto shop had already sold us on the right wheel bearing (not for a small cost either!) a week ago, but the problem persisted. Today we took it to another shop and they replaced the left bearing, balanced the tires and "machined the right rear rotor." And the problem still persists! It is like you described. . ."sounds like driving over rumble strips" and feels like a rubbing under the floorboards; all of this happening only above speeds of 40mph. The mechanics today were nice and didn't charge us for all of those services, but eventually told us they can't think of what else it could be. I'd love to know if you have any other thoughts.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zelda,

      Wheel bearing noises are sometimes very difficult to pinpoint because the noise echoes in the cabin if the vehicle. A good mechanic can locate the cause of the noise while the vehicle is on the lift by either running the vehicle in drive of spinning the wheel by hand. Hopefully your mechanic will be able to find the source of the noise by one of these two methods.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      Great question! Usually the only bearing that will have damage is the left side in this situation, it's the one that absorbed the impact. Some mechanics will try to sell both at the same time, but unless they are both making noise, there is really no reason, this is not preventative maintenance. If the mechanic is good, they should be able to diagnose which side is making the noise while running the vehicle on the lift. Let me know what happens Karen, thanks.

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      Karen 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      This is a great article. Thank you!

      Is it possible that sliding into a curb at 20mph (on the ice) and hitting the left tires could damage both the LEFT and RIGHT front wheel bearings? I am hearing the noise you describe (under the floor boards), but I have a 2014 Camry and want to know your thoughts before paying a lot of money to replace both of them.

      Thanks!

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      Zelda Turner 6 months ago

      The dealership is working on my car and did replace the right rear wheel bearing. I drove it this morning and still hear the noise. One of the service department people rode with me, but couldn't hear the sound, so I had her drive, in the hope she would be able to hear it. Funny thing is that I could still hear the sound in the passenger seat, but it was not as noticeable. This makes me believe the trouble may be on the right side, more particularly the left front, as I get the impression that I'm driving into the sound. Make any sense?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zelda,

      Yes, that could be where the sound is coming from. I recommend having the tires checked first for uneven wear, usually if you can hear the noise that loud, most likely the tires are the issue. Keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Nicole,

      Bearing do not fail that quick unless it was installed wrong. I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic , road test it with them so you can point out the noise, then have them fix it. If it the same wheel bearing, you should not get charge a dime for their mistake. Keep me posted on what happens. Thanks Nicole.

      Hi George,

      Wheel bearings don't always have play, it could be damaged internally and will not sown any other signs of a problem except the noise between 30 - 60 mph. The pull could be the wheel bearing if it's is starting to seize, but more then likely it a different problem like tires or alignment. Hope this helps George. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      George cousins 6 months ago

      Add Your Co

      I have a squeekin rear breaks I know need to replace but my breaks on front are uneven back side of calliper there's hardly a 16th inch pad front side lil over quarter Inc of pad. When ever I get car over 35 mph it makes howling oslatintin noise In front car especially drivin over 60 mph. I've rotated my tires and all 4 are good and at rite inflation. When I'm at why speed it pulls to rt. Can I pull my tire and caliper and move my rotor up down side side if there's play bad wheel bearing??? I got a 2011 Chevy evao. It was about 6 mos ago making that osslatin noise but it wasn't as lousy as it is now and it wasn't pull to rt at why speed. Thank you for ur help. G cousins

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      Nicole 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I had my front left wheel bearing replaced and it started making noise again in about three weeks. What could have caused it to go out again on same side?

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      Zelda Turner 6 months ago

      My car is making the playing card type noise. Most noticeable between 40-45 MPH. I lowered windows one at a time to try and locate the problem. When I lowered the right rear window, I heard the most awful slapping and popping sound like it was bouncing off the driver side window. Is that a good indicator that the trouble is located on the right rear wheel?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mara,

      It sounds like a wheel bearing to me. There are 4 wheel bearings, so if they only replaced both front, you may still have one in the rear making noise. If it's still the same noise you heard before all the work was done, then they probably misdiagnosed the noise all together.

      Unless wheel bearings are very loose or extremely worn, they don't usually cause a vibration, especially on a 2005 Lexus. I recommend you call the shop back and let them know the noise did not go away after the repairs and you're not happy. Keep me posted on what happens.

      Hi Erika,

      How was the truck driving before it went in the shop? Was it shifting OK?

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      Erika Jones 6 months ago

      My daughter put her car in the shop after hearing a noise and was told it's the wheel bearing. However, the shop called her a few days later and told her the transmission is bad because the truck is not pulling.

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      Mara 6 months ago

      My Lexus es 2005 just had both front wheel bearings and hubs replaced because steering wheel shaking at speed over 35 mph, floor was vibrating, slight wobble, and there was a humming sound when steering wheel was turned to change lanes or use exit ramps from highway. Also got new Michelin Premier Tires and an alignment.

      The shaking is gone from steering wheel, floor not vibrating, wobble gone. However, the humming sound is still there starting at 35 mph when changing lanes or exiting ramp from highway. And it gets louder as speed increases between 35-70 mph. This only happens when the wheel is turned. There is no hum when going straight at any speed.

      Is there still a problem with the new wheel bearings? Were they not replaced properly? Or is this indicative of yet a different problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi KC,

      It sounds to me like they are not telling you the truth, unless i'm misunderstanding you. You never need to replace a wheel bearing just because. I recommend a second opinion, or just have them change the one baring making noise with the axle, tell them you'll do the other one when you have the money. Why does the axle need to be replaced?

      Hi Ronnie,

      If the bearing is severely damaged or worn, Yes.

      Hi Dominic,

      When a wheel bearing starts making noise, the noise will never go away. I think what your heard was the rust on the rotors grinding off and eventually the pads wore the rust smooth. Let me know what you think, thanks.

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      Dominic 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      If you leave your standing for a week after what you think you have is a damaged bearing, can the noise disapppear when you drive your vehicle for the first time after that week of non driving.

      The noise which I think was a damaged bearing was quite severe. I left my car for a week and then drove it about 6 miles to the local garage and there was no sign of noise at all. On a straight line, around roundabouts, turning left and right, weaving the car from left and right there was no noise at all.

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      ronnie 6 months ago

      Will a wheel bearing cause a rear tire on a 98 dodge ram to lock up and smoke come from it

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      KC 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I brought my car in re the noise you described, and they told me 1 hearing needs to be replaced. They also told me the axle needs to be replaced, but in order to do that, they have to replace the other bearing, which is fine. Does this make sense? My axle is covered by warranty but the hearings are not, and as you said, it's pretty pricey to replace them, and it seems crazy to pay to replace one that's not damaged. Also, could you give me an idea of what would cause the axle and bearing damage? Would one cause the other? Thank you!!

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sholla,

      Yes,but if a wheel bearing is bad, the wheel usually spins more freely, unless it seizing. I recommend checking the caliper for sticking and lack of movement first. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Sholla 7 months ago

      Can a wheel bearing be bad even if when car is elevated off the ground and tire tested for shakes by holding at point 12 o clock & 6 0 clock , but doesn't shake but at the same time spinning the wheels is not as free as it should be.it barely spins

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mylantha,

      I doubt it has anything to do with the brakes wearing out, most likely coincidence because the brakes don't have anything to with wheel bearings. Did the noise start after the brakes were replaced or before?

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      Mylantha 7 months ago

      I notice the humming sound at the same time as the brake pad wear indicator sound started. I had all 4 break pads replaced, but still have the sound (a week later). I have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra with 85,000 miles on it. Could this just be coincidence or could it have something to do with the breaks instead of the bearings?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Murain,

      It's very possible your brake pad wear indicator is hitting the rotor causing that type of noise. I recommend having them checked first. Keep me posted on what you find, and let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      murain 7 months ago

      I drive a Honda Civic Hybrid 2008. I have noticed a fine squeak like a chain dragging on driver rear area. first at low speed 15 MPH and now both low and high 65-70 MPH. Curious if this sound is breaks?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alexis,

      The noise you're describing does sound like a wheel bearing, right side usually with that scenario. I recommend having it checked before changing it tho, wheel bearing noise can travel and can be very deceiving on location.

      Hi Subhematoma, and thank you very much ;)

      I have another site that has a Paypal button, and I have had 2 donations, not a lot, but that's OK, my reward will be knowing I helped many people around the world in some small way. Just you taking the time to write a thank you is a great gift, and I have had many people share there gratitude as you do, and that is priceless. Cheers!!!!

      Hi Rosie,

      If the noise is very similar to the noise in the videos, it's possible the wheel bearing is damaged, just make sure your tires are not wearing uneven causing a chop to the tire tread, this can also cause a noise you're describing. If you do not hear the noise above 25 mph and only hear it when slowing down coming to a stop, it's possible you're hearing tire noise. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Rosie1964 7 months ago

      Good morning Eddie,

      A while back I hit a pothole really hard which completely damaged one of my front tire. Since, I hear this rumbling noise on the right passenger side as I slow down to come to stop. Do you know if this has anything to do with the wheel bearing? The sound is similar to the one you have described above when driving on the highway and stepping over those rumble strips. Took the car to the mechanic and noise went away for a couple months, but it is back. He mentioned some part was bent but fixed. Thanks in advance for the advise.

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      Alexis 7 months ago

      I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla. I hear what sounds like a playing card hitting spokes, but a little duller sounding. Louder when I turn left, more quite when steering straight and right. Does that indicate a bad left bearing. The noise has been around for over a year and hasn't gotten much worse. What do you think?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marcia,

      If you have a little more info on the noise , I may be able to help. When does it happen, what speed, turning, bumps, at idle, etc??? Thanks.

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      Marcia Smokler 7 months ago

      I've heard a squeaky rattling noise on and off for 3 months. Recently it has gotten worse. My mechanic did a quick look under the car and said he really couldn't diagnose the problem because at the time it did not squeak or rattle. It's now happening frequently. Recently my gas gauge stopped working as well as the odometer, and "poof" one day both were working! It is a 2002 Camry lxe, and I love the car. Any suggestions? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richie,

      Yes, when pressing out a bearing, they are usually very tight and take a lot of force to start the movement, so if the bearing is not propped up correctly, you can bend the knuckle. Thanks for the update, I really appreciate it ;)

      Hi Gage,

      If you only replaced one tire, it's possible you have another tire causing the problem. If all the tires look good, have the axles inspected, it's possible you have a worn CV joint causing the noise and pull. If an outer CV joint C clip is worn and the axle shaft is moving to far into the outer joint, it can cause a wobble and a thump noise.

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      Gage 8 months ago

      In response to Eddie,

      At low speeds, between 5-15mph the tire feels wobbly, this causes the entire care to feel a bit wobbly. Once I get to 20mph and above, its more of a thumping noise. At lower speeds, the steering wheel will pull more heavily to the right. At higher speeds it'll still pull to the right, just not as much. To me, it feels like something in the front driver side wheel is "loose" and that what's causing it to feel wobbly. It's almost like the tire is an oval shape, there's a point in the rotation that causes the tire to feel wobbly at low speeds, thump at high speeds, and pull the steering wheel to the right. I think it might be an alignment issue, my driveway has a bit of a lip to it and before this issue started I remember coming into my driveway a couple times at higher than normal speeds. Let me know what you think. Thanks for any help.

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      Richard Hughes 8 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi there Eddie,

      Just a follow up from the question I asked 2 months ago. After stripping the hub down on my Toyota Corolla . I took the hub to my local garage to get my new bearing put in. The mechanic had to use a 35ton press to get it out as it was well seized in . Once I got back to my car after having the new bearing put in ,I put the disc (rotors) back on and found that the disc (rotor) was sitting not true and close to the brake hanger. Scratching my head and thinking maybe the mechanic at the garage had pressed the bearing in wrong. I went back to the garage. He assured that the bearing was ok . Cutting a long story short .

      The mechanic had somehow bent the hub and I had to buy another hub from a vehicle salvage yard at my own cost. Guess it's important that when pushing a bearing out to make sure hub is sitting properly in press.

      The car is all good now and would just like to say thank you for your advice given.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cheryl,

      It would be very unusual for a wheel bearing to just let go completely, it would be making a very loud and awful grinding noise and eventually seize ( wheel lock up or wheel fall off). If the bearing noise is just a hum from 25 mph and up, just keep an ear on it until you can afford to replace it, but don't procrastinate too long, It should be replaced. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks ;)

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      Cheryl 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I believe I am your daughter (only older) lol I drive a 2007 piece of crap Chev Coblalt and hoping I can continue to stretch the wheel bearing issue. Its been loud for a while now, getting really bad, but continue to drive it (mostly becuase I'm afraid of the cost and don't have the $$ to get it fixed) I'm 53, don't drive it to work (take a bus) but when I do groceries, laundry or visit my family (which I'm doing in about an hour) they are hour and half from where I am.. I need to use the car. So, I say a little prayer...and go...

      Can you tell me what would happen if I was out on the highway and something happened....what would the happen be???

      Thank you for the information....

      Cheryl

      (wish me luck!!!) lol

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gage,

      Do you feel the thumping noise and pull when applying the brakes or while driving at a steady pace?

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      Gage 8 months ago

      I drive a 97 Saturn SC2. Recently, my front driver side tire has been making a thumping noise. Additionally, when I drive the steering wheel tends to jerk to the right. At first, I thought this was a tire issue so I got it replaced with a tire that had nice tread. However, this didn't solve the issue. My car is still making a thumping noise as I drive at low and high speeds and the steering wheel continues to jerk to the right. Any ideas on what the issue is?

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      A hum while driving is usually caused by a bearing, you just nee to figure out what bearing is making the noise. I don't know about anything about spinning subjects at a certain speed to produce a 58 HZ frequency noise, but I do know that if you can get your car on the lift, you should be able to determine where the noise is coming from. If you place your ear close to the drive shaft center carrier bearing, LR, or RR wheel bearings, the noise should be audible enough diagnose it's origin. Hope this helps.

      Hi Greg,

      It's possible a CV joint could make the noise, but here is what I recommend. Make an appointment with the shop that performed the work, test drive the vehicle with either the mechanic or shop foremen to point out the noise. Once they fix the noise, ask to take another test drive with them to verify the noise is gone. If you used your insurance co, contact them and let them know the car still has an issue so you don't have to pay out of pocket. Hope this helps, and keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Greg S. 9 months ago

      Eddie, I was wondering if you could help me.

      My wife hopped a curb in our 2014 Honda Odyssey, it blew both tires on passenger side and damaged the passenger front suspension and wheel assembly. The shop that repaired it replaced the right front hub and bearing, steering knuckle, lower control arm, stabilizier link, outer and inner tie rods, wheel and tires. We had both new tires put on front. Got van back and steering wheel has slight vibration, drifts slightly right and at 40-50 mph there is a loud rumble\noise from front. Axle and CV joints were not replaced. Could this be the issue? What else could it be?

      It's a collision center attached to the Honda dealer.

      Thanks and I greatly enjoy your articles.

      Greg S.

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      DaveTheBari 9 months ago

      Hi. My 1987 BMW 325i has started producing a hum at a pitch proportional to road speed. It seems to be somewhere to the rear of the car. At 60Kph, the hum has a fundamental frequency of around 58Hz. As far as I can work out, that frequency is not an integral of the rotation speed of any part of the drive chain, but as the pitch is road speed related, I assume that the problem must be between the output from the transmission and the rear wheels.

      Have you any experience of such a noise, and/or any thoughts on what might be the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Dan,

      I really appreciate the feedback :)

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      Dan 9 months ago

      I have just replaced the Rt Front wheel bearing on my 2012 Malibu. The descriptive here is right on the money

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lee,

      I think your mechanic is causing these problems, once the grease seal is installed it shouldn't leak, and the bearing should never loosen up causing the noise and vibration. I recommend bringing it back one more time.

      Hi Guy,

      Sounds like you may have a blockage in the line, the master cylinder is malfunctioning, or the brake light switch is too tight to the brake pedal and needs more clearance. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions, thanks.

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      guy 9 months ago

      Wheel heated up no smoke or smell changed the caliper but still does the sam

      e thing. When I removed the caliper the hub spun

      freely . what can I do to fix the problem. what can the problem be? thanks for any info

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      Lee 9 months ago

      Hi i have a 61 plate insignia my car has just come out of the garage after them replaceing both rear wheel bareings the driver side one has been fine the rear passenger side one had to go back into the garage because from the back of the wheel there was lots of black greese looked to be leaking from inside the bareing also when driving in a staight line there was no noise but when going round a roundabout or bend in the road it made an awful noise souded like metal on mental or a loud humming noise there was even vibration from it only vibrated when the noice was hapening on and off, not tyres there new and in good shape, so i then got the car back from the garage and all seemed ok greese was gone noise had stopped but today 6 days later greese seems to be re appearing on the back of the bareing and ive hurd this awful noise again when going round a roundabout only a couple of times and at the same time as the noise happend felt the vibration again has my wheel bareing gone again or do you think something else is causeing this to happen any ideas pal would be much appriciated thankyou.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Eric,

      I don't think it's the wheel bearing because the vehicle can be stopped when the noise is heard. It's more likely a ball joint or suspension component connected to the knuckle. It's difficult to say what only because I can't hear the noise.

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      Eric 10 months ago

      I don't think its the power steering belt. It is coming from the wheel I changed the wheel bearings on. If I can try and explain again what its doing. When I turn the wheel right it doesn't squeak but when you go to straighten the wheels out again it makes a squeak and only on the passenger side and only when you turn right from a straight position When you turn Left and back to straight no sound. Confusing I know. I thought maybe the Bearings didn't seat correctly. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome JY :)

      Hi Eric,

      Sounds to me like you may have a squeaking power steering belt, if the car is not moving, the only thing moving is the engine. Let me know if this helps.

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      Eric 10 months ago

      I just installed new wheel bearing in my 1994 Ranger 4x4. Everything seemed fine on test drive afterwards. Now a day later it is making a squeak when turning left weather your sitting still or moving

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      JY 10 months ago

      Thank you for putting this in English!

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sheena,

      I would start by checking the sway bar bushings (not the links, you can check those too, but check the bushings first). Sway bar bushings can make a low thumping noise while driving over uneven roads, or roads that have small cracks in the pavement. Let me know if this helps.

      Hey Chris,

      Thank you so much, I had no idea things would go this far with HubPages, I just keep writing to help with common problems with cars. I would write more, but answering questions takes up a lot of my time lol. Thanks again Chris, I really appreciate the nomination :)

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      As I was browsing the site for the hub I would nominate for best hub, I came across this one and knew I had found a winner. Excellent writing by someone who knows what he is talking about. Congratulations.

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      Sheena 10 months ago

      Hi, a wee question my Vauxhall Astra has started to make a noise when going over an uneven road it sounds as though the parcel shelf is moving about ( its not that though) I have removed everything from the car but the noise is still there, can you suggest what might be causing this.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffany,

      There are 4 wheel bearings in your vehicle, it's possible one of the other bearings is worn and you just replaced the wrong one. Did you feel the tire tread with your hand? If it is uneven it can make noise, don't forget to check the inner tread, it can be chopped and you won't even see it.

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      Tiffany 10 months ago

      I have a 2007 HHR. The car is making a roaring sound while driving and when you turn the wheel to the right, the sound gets loader. There also a bit of a vibration in the gas pedal. We changed the driver side wheel bearing and there is no change. We also over inflated the tires to see if the noise was the tires and there was no change. Do you know anything else it may be? Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fred,

      That would be normal operation because of the differential gears.

      Hi Susie,

      Yes, it sounds to me like the mechanic forgot to tighten the caliper and the bolts vibrated loose.

      Hi Teach,

      Thanks for commenting, I really appreciate it. If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me ;)

      Hi John,

      One would think they would check wheel bearings first before replacing the trans, diff and axles 3 times. It most definitely could be wheel bearings. I recommend bringing it back a 4th time to have them check it out. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      John 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 Jeep Commander 4.7 4X4 that has a significant howling noise/low vibration once it hits 30-35 mph and then goes away at 55-60 (or the road noise drowns it out). I feel it in the driver side floorboard at its worst. It was under warranty and they replaced the front differential and axles(3 times!), transmission and transaxle as they assured me this is where the noise was coming from. Noise is still there. Any ideas? Could it be wheel bearings?

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      Dianna Mendez 11 months ago

      I've had wheel bearing work done on a car before and I remember the noise it made when it was needing repair. This is a great post and one I wish would have been around when I needed it back when.

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      Susie Belcher 11 months ago

      just had my front wheel bearings replaced on my 2003 Ford Explorer....drove home fine...wnet to drive it a few hours later and as I slowed for a stop the car would not stop, went into a busy intersection, made huge, horrible grinding noises. Was able to nurse it very slowly back up the road. Dealer came and towed it...called later to say that the caliper had come loose!.....wouldl that happen by sloppy mechanical work on the front wheel bearing replacement!....just had new brakes put in 2 years ago......scary situation as 2 cars almost hit me.

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      Fred sanford 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2002 honda accord that makes a noise in the front (can't really tell which side) when it gets hot. I took the front wheels off and while the car is in gear the left wheels spins but the right does not move. What does that mean?

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      Richard 11 months ago

      Thanks Eddie , will let you know how i get on.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richard,

      Sounds to me like a wheel bearing noise. Axles make more of a clicking or clunk noise. Try turning slightly when driving around 40 mph, notice if the noise changes when you unload the bearing of the vehicles weight when slightly swaying side to side. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Richard Hughes 11 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi there Eddie,

      I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla 1.6 vvti . I have a wowing noise coming from what sounds like the front wheels. The noise seems to get loader after I have driven a couple of miles and the noise increases also when I go over 40 mph . So far I have changed both front discs (rotors) and brakes thinking the discs where warped. Could it be that a bearing is getting hot after a few miles and simply needs replacing or could it be a driveshaft problem.

      Thank you for any help in advance Eddie .

      Richard (UK)

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Justin,

      It's best to replace them as a set. There is a reason why the bearing failed and it might be contamination in the lubricant.

      Hi Susan,

      I'm glad you found this article helpful. Yes, bearings can cost a few bucks, especially if the mechanic try to sell you both and you only need on. It's easy to blame the kids, so don't be to hard on yourself. lol. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Susan 11 months ago

      Hi ... Thanks for the article; I found it really helpful. I was about to drive out to BJs this morning - a 40 minute ride from home - to have them look at my low noise tires because I hear so much road noise when I drive. The noise shouldn't be from the tires as they're relatively new and I really didn't want to go to BJs on a nice Sunday! I "googled" loud wobbly noise when driving and found your article. Just last night I'd said that the noise sounds like when you drive over a rumble strip or some bridges ... a loud humming sound. I was blaming my daughter for this noise as she's been driving the '11 Pilot. I'm sure she'll be glad that I stop doing that ... I'm glad I don't have to go to BJs today ... but not so glad it may be the bearings ... sounds like this is going to cost some money. Thanks so much for your help!

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      Justin 11 months ago

      Hey man I find your info very helpful, I have a 05 ford explorer, rwd. My front inner bearings need replacement, do I only change the bearing or does the whole set need replacement.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fredesvinda,

      Yes, the axle and wheel bearing can be fixed if you replace all the broken parts. It's going to cost a few bucks, but it can be fixed.

      Hi JCMan,

      With such low mileage you still should get some assistance, if not, call Hyundai directly and talk to some one in CR, ask for a case# to present to the dealer if Hyundai is willing to help. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      JCMan 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I should have mentiond, the "reputable dealer" I was talking about is a Hyundai dealership, a highly rated Hyundai dealership. I dont think the warranty covers tires because they offered to sell me two new rear tires. For the moment I am dealing with the noise. My initial thought was to deal with the noise until we put snow tires on the car, but now i am going to take a closer look at the warranty. I will keep u posted. In the meantime, if you have any further advice, pls let me know. Thx Eddie.

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      Fredesvinda Sanchez 11 months ago

      I have a question .. I got into a accident on Thursday the Axle broke n that's how the accident happend my question is can the Axle the Axle n the Wheel Bearing be fixed? My car is in the shop right now I have a Honda Accord 2007 .. I'm hoping and praying it can be fixed.. The front passenger side of my car is where it happend .. And it's only on that side the rest of the car it's fine if someone can please give me some good news .. That'll help my nerves have bin bad since the accident ..

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarahlee,

      Sorry for the late reply, you must be home by now. Wheel bearings don't usually fail quickly and sometimes they can be driven on for months. It's a good idea to replace it as soon as possible, but it's not usually an emergency situation. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      NIKki 12 months ago

      I had my tires rotated and after I left I started hearing that wheel bearing nose. I came back and they said it was my tired because the tread is low on the back. MiND you it did not make that noise when before I brought it in. They didn't want to rotate all because the back are bad and didn't want to put on front. Just swapped sides. Is it possible my bearings could have been damaged by the rotation. What is the chance they start acting up directly after a rotation. I didn't have and alignment also but I can't remember if it happened at the rotation or not.

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      Sarahlee 12 months ago

      Hi! Great article. I'm traveling and pulled over because the car sounded like it was revving at 60 mph as if the gears weren't changing..( best way I could describe it) seemed to be idling high but no other issues as vitals were fine on the car.. (Water, rpm, oil etc). I have been driving in this crazy 95 degree heat and the tires were hot so I first thought it was the tire but when you said it sounded like "when your tires hit on a rumbles highway " going 50 or above I knew that was it! My big question is I am 3 hours from

      Home. Is it safe to continue to drive until I get home or will the car break down. I just noticed it for the first time today. I'm in PA and headed to CT which means NJ turnpike and GE bridge... Not a great place for breakdowns. Want to take off in morning unless advice is to get it for cedar ASAP. My question is " once you figure out what it is, how long do you have before it is dangerous to drive? In my case another three hours before I get home.

      Thanks for your response... You are an excellent teacher with cars.. It all makes sense!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      JCMan,

      It sounds like you are being swept aside. You have a new vehicle and you also have a warranty. I recommend taking it to Hyundai dealer and have them fix the issue. If your tires are worn uneven it still should be covered under the factory warranty, even if you bought it from another dealer. The factory warranty should cover any manufactures defects, especially under 10k miles. If you don't get any results from the dealer, call Hyundai direct, the 800 # should be in the owners manual. Keep me posted on what you find out, thanks.

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      JCMan 12 months ago

      Hi,

      I can seriously use your advice as I am going crazy with the sound my 2016 hyundai elantra is making. You have beautifully explained what a bearing is and the difference between a bearing noise and a tire noise. I had only owned my car a couple of weeks and the noise started. I took it into the dealership and was told it was a bearing issue and they would replace it. They did that but the noise remains. Now they are saying there is some wear on the tire in a couple of spots and i should at least replace the rear tires. Really? As I mentioned the car is a 2016 and had less than 16000km on it. I did buy it used from a reputable dealer and the carproof report came back clean. Is what I am being told possible or do you think I am being taken for a ride, so to speak? Thanking you in advance for your help.

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      Amy G 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Yes, the noise is gone and my peace of mind is back! :) Thanks again for such spot-on info!! :)

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks T, I appreciate the feedback :)

      You're welcome Raphael, glad I could help :)

      Hi Dean,

      I don't know of any connection from the dip or bump, is it possible you're just hearing the AC compressor cycling? That is the type of noise you would hear. Try running you AC in the driveway for about 10 minutes until you hear the AC compressor cycle and let me know if it's the same noise, thanks.

      Hi Amy,

      Is the noise gone now after they replaced the wheel bearing? Glad to know you could use my information as a reference :)

      Hi Jennymary54,

      Wheel bearings seldom squeak, usually squeaking is caused by metal hitting metal like rust hitting the caliper or anti rattle clip. Another reason for squeaking is brake pad wear indicators or cheap brake pad quality. A second opinion would be good, it would be even better if you could road test the vehicle with the mechanic to point out the squeak (if possible). Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

      Hi Charles,

      Brake pad wear indicators can make noise is only one direction depending on how the pad is worn. I would start with a brake inspection at that wheel, and make sure you look at the inner pad closely. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Charles Nesbitt 12 months ago

      I have a scrapping noise that I think is coming from my left wheel area. It only does it when I back up. Going forwards there is not noise at all.

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      Jennymary54 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie, was hoping you could give me your opinion on this. I have a 2011 Mazada 3. I heard some squeaking in what I thought was the break area. I took it to auto repair they said it was wheel bearings. Also was told my car only had those in the front none in rear? I wasnt sure if that was correct. I have no helicopter noise either just squeaking but they said my pads and rotors are fine. Should I take it for second opinion somewhere else? Thank you.

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      Amy G 12 months ago

      This is a great article and wonderful for someone who knows very little about cars. I took my 2008 CRV into the dealer because it was making a noise and they said it was the wheel bearing. I couldn't get the video to work, but based on everything you've said, it sounds like it is the bearing. Always good to know you're not being ripped off.

      Thank you for providing such helpful information!!! :)

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      Dean 12 months ago

      Hey Eddie so I have a 09 accent se and when I turn on the ac while driving and hit a bump or dip in the road I hear a weird sound kinda like air being spit out and a slipping noise it's only acuring while the ac is on if the fan or heat is going I don't get the noise any idea what this could be? Thanks for your time now help if u do get the chance to give me some of your knowledge!

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      Raphaël 12 months ago

      Thank you for your article sir, well explained for someone like me who's not familiar with mechanic.

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      12 months ago

      Great write up!

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris.

      if there is a why to lift the wheels off the ground safely, spin the wheels at around 30 mph and listen just out side the center hub. What ever bearing is bad, you should be able to hear the difference. bearings are tricky and the noise can travel. Usually a worn wheel bearing will spin easy compared to a good wheel bearing, which would have some drag. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.

      Hi Dennis,

      I think you're on the right track with suspecting the tires. Keep me posted on what happens.

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      Dennis 13 months ago

      Sorry, auto correct. That should have been a wup wup sound. Starts around 5mph and gets louder and faster with speed.

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      Dennis 13 months ago

      I have a 1993 mr2, about 4 years ago it was garages on old worn tired. Recently gotten it out and it making a who who sound from the left rear. The pitch and volume do not change when turning and it was making no sound at all before it was parked. It's going in this weekend for a new clutch and new tires. About 99% sure it's just a tire but how ready should I be to be disappointed?

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      Chris 13 months ago

      Hi, my son has a 2007 4Runner SR5 with 58000 miles on it. You can hear the bearing noise, when going straight and it gets more pronounced when you turn the wheel, slightly, to the right at speed. We checked the left side and there was zero play. We checked the right side and there was SLIGHT clicking when we pulled and pushed at 12 and 6. When we rotated the tire there came a time when the wheel kind of locked, as if someone had hit the brakes. We both think this is it BUT it is on the same side as the steering direction to make it more pronounced. From what we have read, it is supposed to be the opposite side. Have you found that it can be on the same side? Thanks for your time.

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zjane Nel ,

      I don't think it's alignment at all, poor alignment will not damage bearings. Poor installation will. One thing that is not very common is a poor ground from the engine to the body, I'm not really sure why this happens, but if the vehicle ground is not correct, it can ruin wheel bearing, so have all your major vehicle grounds checked. Let me know if you find anything abnormal, thanks.

      Hi Jables,

      Have you checked your tire tread for uneven wear? That can also give you the same noise. Let me know, thanks.

      Hi CDK,

      Is this a standard transmission? What speeds do you hear this noise? Does the noise change on turns? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Tony,

      If it wasn't happening before the bears were replaced, most likely it's a man made problem. My best advice is to take the mechanic for a ride to point out the noise, and after the repair, take the mechanic for another ride to verify the noise is gone. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks Tony.

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      tonyvigil 13 months ago

      Eddie,

      I had my wheel bearings replaced and now when I lock my hubs and put my 1997 Ford Ranger into 4 hi, I am getting a clicking sound when I turn. Is this something that the shop that replaced the bearings did? My 4 wheel drive worked perfect before the bearings were replaced. I am taking it in tomorrow and would like some advice when talking to them.

      Thanks,

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      cdk 13 months ago

      Eddie,

      When I drive, foot on the gas, I have no unusual noise, but once I remove my foot from the gas to let my vehicle coast, I have a funny (not so funny) noise - a whirling, not quite grinding, type noise. The mechanic said it could be tires, and we intend on replacing them anyways, but, I don't want to drive it for too long if could be a more significant issue. There is no pull or shimmy in the steering wheel....

      Thanks!

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      jables 13 months ago

      Hey Eddie! Great website and thanks for all the information.

      Ive got a 04 Forester with 260 000 kms on it and recently I've been having a bit of a rumbling coming from my rear right wheel. Initially I though it was something in the wheel well or bearing issue however, after hearing all your vidoes, the sound seems to be a much lower pitch, not very dependent on speed and doesn't seem to be making a sound at every wheel turn. Would this still be the bearing or if not any suggestions of where to start looking?

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      Zjane Nel 13 months ago

      I need help please, my car's (opel corsa) wheel bearing (and hub ext) is being replaced for the 3rd time in less than 5months now, when I asked my mechanic today what could cause this, he wasn't all to sure, but did say it might be my cars wheel alignment.

      Please tell me if this could be a possible reason for the bearing to be damaged?

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you for the feed back David,

      Mike D, you're welcome :)

      Hi Carolyn, it doesn't hurt to do your homework :)

      Sounds like a wheel bearing to me Rmamagates.

      KJ, that is awesome feedback and I really appreciate it!

      Hi Paula, Have your brakes checked, it sounds like maybe a brake pad wear indicator is just starting to touch the rotor warning you that the pads are getting low. Keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Buffy, I'm not really sure on that one. If she bought is from a car dealership, I highly recommend bringing it back ASAP even if she bought it as is.

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      buffy 13 months ago

      my 18 year old daughter just bought a car today its a 2005 kia rio as she trys to climb a hill she looses power on the car it seems to happen only sometimes and as we get on the freeway when she gets up to 65 the car has this squealing noise, I didn't really think it sounded like ur video but not sure what could be do u have any advise or ideas maybe thank you

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      Paula 13 months ago

      hi I have a 2013 Elantra, mileage is 27500kms , the past two weeks I have noticed that my car is making a squealing sound, mostly when I make a gradual right hand turn, car don't make the noise right off but after it is driven for a while. Any idea what the problem could be? I can be reached at rcorbettyk@hotmail.com. Appreciate your help. Paula

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      Kj 13 months ago

      Great article - I found it very easy to read given I know nothing about cars! Good work! :)

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      rmamagates 13 months ago

      Thanks! I think that's my problem, the wheel bearings. I've got a 2006 Toyota Prius. It makes that noise, like your video, at 30 mph and up. When you turn hard right or swerve right it stops and then the noise returns when you straighten back up or swerve left.

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      Carolyn 13 months ago

      I appreciate this info. I'm a 72 year old woman & was told I needed this done to my pickup truck, so I know that the mechanic was right. A woman can't be too careful. Thank you!

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      DO 14 months ago

      I need help diagnosing a front wheel bearing problem or CV problem. At very low speeds (10 mph or less) I hear a grinding noise up front as I accelerate or break. The grinding only occurs at low speeds and will go away once I get above 10 to 15 mph. I do not feel any play in the steering wheel and there is no noise when I turn the vehicle. My problem occurred after driving through high water.

      Also, I did jacked up the vehicle. When I turn the wheel there is a clicking sound when the wheel is in one spot of the rotation. I did not shake the wheel back and forth to see if there is play in the bearing (I wasn't away of that technique at that time) Any thoughts?

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      M.J. 14 months ago

      Good day. I just had my winter tires removed and replaced by my summer tires. My car was making aloud noise like a turbo jet when I brought the car in to the dealer and after I picked it up. A week later I took my car in because of the noise and was told it was the wheel bearing. My question is, when the mechanic changed the tires and replaced the wheel, should he have noticed that the wheel bearing was damaged and in such bad state it was ready to explode?

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      Vishnukumar 14 months ago

      My 2006 Toyota Corolla makes a strange noise when turning the steering wheel to right while driving over 60MPH.. Do you think it is do with bad wheel bearing Or something else?

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      Otisha B 14 months ago

      Thank you for a better understanding of what's going on with my car

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      Ebrahim T 15 months ago

      Good day.

      I have an opel corsa c cdti

      I have been driving and hearing this humming sound from my wheels don't know which one there's no play in each wheel jacked car up already to check n no vibrates while driving.

      Thinking it's a wheel bearing and how long can I drive my car before it gets worst

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      Mike D. 15 months ago

      This is an excellent explanation. I know what bearings are, but I didn't know how they support a car's axle; I do now. I'll come back to your site when I need more care information.

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      David 15 months ago

      Thanks for your help. I wanted to understand what the mechanic was talking about.

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      Eddie Carrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're very welcome Jean, thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it very much :)

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      Jean 15 months ago

      I didn't even know what wheel bearing was but after I read. The information was very easy to understand and my mechanic couldn"t freak me out. Thanks for putting it plain and simple but good information.

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Deb,

      Some brake pads are made with a mixture of organic materials and metal shavings. Sometimes these metal shavings contact the rotor and cause a squeak, I think this is what you're experiencing, but without seeing the brake pad material, I'm not positive.

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      Deb3334 16 months ago

      Eddie, I have a 2006 Saturn Ion 2. For about a year, I have had a sparodic squeal in the back passenger side wheel when I put on the breaks. It can go for months without making the noise and then turn around and make it every day or once a week, etc. The odd part is that when it does make it, it can happen at one stop but not the next. It doesn't matter if it's wet, dry, cold, or hot. I took it in to my mechanic about a month after it started happening. He said the brake pads still had about 75% usage left, so it wasn't that. He said they found some rust and a pebble, both of which they took care of. THe issue remains. They were not able to find anything else wrong. Any suggestions? It is very annoying and sometimes very loud when it happens. Other times it is not so loud. I'm at a loss.

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      It's only a guess based on my past experiences. Yes, the mechanic should recognize their mistake and fix it for free. If it's is the problem, you owe me nothing, just a update so I can keep things fresh around here :)

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      TSAD 17 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      That makes sense, so you agree it is probably likely that the bearing repair is where this problem arose from. I guess i'll have to take it back to the mechanic to check it. If this is the problem do you think he should fix it free or charge me some more? btw if it is the problem what do I owe you?

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi tsadjatko,

      When you replace a wheel bearing, the whole hub needs to come apart, the rotor needs to be removed and the bearing needs to be pressed out usually. Sometimes parts are rusted together and don't go back together the same way if the mechanic is not careful. I think what happened in your case is the rotor had rust on the back side ( between the rotor and hub) and when reinstalling it, some rust got caught between the two and cause the rotor to sit on an uneven surface creating the brake pulsation. I think what needs to be done first is the rotor needs to be removed and checked on the back side for any rust caught between the rotor and hub. Let me know if this helps or if you are just totally confused now lol.

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      TSAD 18 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      I just had a wheel bearing replaced and the day I got the car back, when I go over 45 MPH and step on the brake I feel vibration which is worse if I step on the brake at higher speeds. The day I took the car in to have the wheel bearing fixed, before they fixed it, I drove it 20 miles at 70 mph and it did not vibrate at all when I hit the brakes, but the wheel bearing noise was very loud.

      Could the bearing over heating have warped the rotor and only be noticeable after the bearing was replaced or is something else going on? I feel the vibration must be related to the bearing since it only appeared immediately after the bearing was replaced.

      I thought maybe they didn't tighten the lug nuts properly but then wouldn't it vibrate without hitting the brake? I just had this done then took car to another city away from the mechanic and won't be back to him for a while. Meanwhile I'm driving slow.

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zorex,

      A wheel bearing is a bearing for a wheel. What's a bearing? It's a set of steel balls, held together by a metal ring called a race. See the pictures above and let me know if you have any other questions :)

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      zorex brother 18 months ago

      but my question is always what is a wheel bearing?

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Yes Lukasz, driving on a straight road and turning left a little can cause the wheel bearing to get louder, and yes, you can replace the complete hub assembly if you can find one complete. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Łukasz 18 months ago

      HI, is the wheel bearing problem can in lets say 40 mph on the strait road going a bit left? and do i realy need pras? can i replaced the hole part like bearing and the hub?

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      Wrench Wench 18 months ago from Seattle

      Too true

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks WrenchWrench,

      Writing about automotive stuff is very boring, good thing I don't do it for the excitement, lol. My main objective is to help people with their car problems... and it's nice to make a few bucks on the side too :)

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      Wrench Wench 18 months ago from Seattle

      From one mechanic / hubpages writer to another; that was a fantastic article! It's not easy to make some things sound interesting, but you're writers voice clearly shows you know and love what you do. Wheel barrings have never been one of my favorite tasks, though there's definitely a sense of accomplishment one feels after going through such a battle, lol

      Great hub. Can't wait to read more =)

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ammi,

      Bring it back to the mechanic she they can move the backing plate away from the rotor and do an alignment. It's always good practice to do an alignment after you take apart the suspension. It's also good practice to road test the vehicle after a repair to prevent returning the vehicle to the customer with unwanted noises and problems. Let me know what happens Ammi, thanks.

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      ammi 18 months ago

      Hi! I just bought a car and they replaced the front wheel bearing. After they did the the alignment is off and now turning left creates crazy noises and gratings why could this be?

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      That's awesome Emma, just remember, there are a lot of people out there who know nothing about cars, even some mechanics lol. Thanks for your feedback, and if you have any questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Emma 18 months ago

      Thank you for the article. My car is at the garage at the moment and they said I needed a new wheel bearing. Your article helped my to avoid sounding like a complete moron when talking to the mechanic!!

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks, I really appreciate your comment. Sorry I didn't answer sooner but I'm having some trouble whit my comment box and it's putting a damper on my reply times :(

      Hi Marge,

      Like I told Linda, the comment box isn't working right and I'm having a hard time replying to readers. The best thing you can do in your situation is to road test the vehicle whit the technician so you can point out the squeak. Let the service advisor know that you would like to road test it with the tech after the repair as well just to verify the noise is gone. This the the best way to get your mechanic to hear the noise you're hearing so they can fix it once and for all. Let me know if this helps Marge, thanks.

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      Marge Berryman 19 months ago

      I've noticed great information from you and hope you can help me! Ten years ago I bought a 2003 Toyota Sienna CE. It has been a great vehicle but the brakes have squeaked off and on for ten years... and, of course, I had them checked regularly and was always told they were fine. About a week ago, the squeak went to loud squealing and even I know that meant a trip to a garage. I am a widow and am at the mercy of people I have to pay and hope to trust. I took it to our local Toyota dealership (I know they always charge more, but wanted good brakes). Also had an oil change and an expensive sensor replaced. I wasn't out of the garage and applied the brakes; squeak. I got out of my van and told the guy. He said probably just wet as they ran it through the carwash (which was nice) and he drove it around the lot. He came back and said it was fine; must have just been wet and needed time to dry. Didn't sound right to me. By this time, I was in five o'clock traffic and a half hour from home. Yes, still squeaking like it has for ten years - but not squealing at least. I plan on taking it back next week. Do you have any suggestions so I can ask questions and "appear" to know what I'm talking about? Thank you so much.

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      Linda Robinson 19 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Hi Eddie Excellent hub, so well written, so complete and such exceptional suggestions and detail, so nice meeting you, happy to follow you. I look forward to reading many more of your hubs. Talk to you again. Linda

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      Eddie Carrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      Yes, some of those ABS sensors are tough to get out (poor design) because they're in a cast hole and rust will seize the sensor completely. In my opinion replacing a sealed bearing is not a DIY job because of the tools needed to do the job. HondaCare is an awesome warranty extension company to work with, as long as the repair is legitimate, they will cover it. Thanks for you feedback Dave, I really appreciate it.

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      DaveC 19 months ago

      Thanks for this great article. My 2011 Honda Element (AWD) had a left rear bearing fail at 29,000 miles. It must have been the pothole I struck. Thank goodness I Had the zero deductible HondaCare Warranty. It cost nothing to fix, but the dealer had my car 3 days because they didn't have any bearings locally. Then they said it was rusted so badly they wound up breaking the ABS Sensor and had to special order that because it was not in stock. If an experienced dealer mechanic broke the ABS sensor, I am certainly glad I did not try to fix it. And my HondaCare warranty has already paid for itself many times over.

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      I recommend having the drive shaft u-joints looked at first and then go from there. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      John Miklas 20 months ago

      I have a 2010 Toyota Tocoma, the problem is it shakes and vibrates on the passenger side of the vehicle only when you first accelerate and then stops. I'm not sure if it's hub relate or not. Any help or ideas would be great!!! Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Sandeep, if you have any questions, feel free to ask :)

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      Sandeep Rathore 20 months ago from New Delhi

      Thanks for such an informative hub!

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Val, I'm not positive but it looks like it may be attached to the bottom of the distributor. Take a look at the base of the distributor and see if you can locate a connector that look like the picture. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Val 20 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a VW Jetta 1997. My check engine light came one yesterday. The scanner shows P0341 - Camshaft Position Sensor. I did some research and some people say it is located in the distributor and some say it is located on the other side by the timing belt. I haven't found a right answer yet. Could you show me where is it located and if this is the right part for the code that I'm showing: http://contentinfo.autozone.com/znetcs/product-inf... Do you think replacing that will resolve the problem as I read forums online saying that it could also be a timing issue? Sorry that my situation does not relate to this blog. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rose,

      No, rotating tires doesn't have anything to do with wheel bearing noise, and rotating cannot cause the noise. Uneven tire wear can cause noise and can also change when a rotation is done. Let me know if you have more questions Rose, thanks.

      Hi Michelle,

      No a wheel bearing will not effect the steering, but you may want to top off your power steering fluid, low ps fluid could cause both symptoms. Wheel bearings can get noisy, but unless the noise is really loud and making a grinding noise, you can typically drive on them for a while until you have the money to replace it. Let me know if you have more questions Michelle :)

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      Michelle 20 months ago

      Hi!

      I have a 2004 Pontiac Aztec. I think I have a bad front passenger wheel bearing that is going bad. I have hade to put off repair on it for lack of finances. Is there any way that could be affecting my power steering because now I am hearing the typical steering whine of a bad pump or belt.

      Also I am getting a wheel "jumping" sensation when it switches gears sometimes mostly if it is wet out.

      Is it time to just buy a new car?

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      Rose 20 months ago

      Hey Eddie.. Way to much to read at work

      My question is.. I just hsd my tires rotated last week.. And now I foind out that I need to replace the wheel bearings on one of my tires. Does rotating the tires have anything to do with (damaging) the wheel bearings? Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      Is there any way you could take a video of the noise and post it on YouTube, then send me the link? Let me know if that's possible, thanks.

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      Lisa 21 months ago

      I'm having a similar problem, and don't know if it's the tires or maybe (thanks to your video) the bearings. The thing is, it doesn't happen all the time. I was driving around yesterday, and it was doing it at one point, but then seemed to resolve itself...this is also a problem for taking it in to be checked, as if they can't reproduce the problem they won't know where to look for a solution. The thumping/helicopter noise seems to be faster at higher speeds, but then as I slow down, the noise is still there, but the rate of the thumping seems to slow down along with my speed. Car was in for lube/oil, etc. recently and I asked if they would check my alignment and align if necessary, and they said it was fine. Vehicle is 2000 Dodge Durango. Tires have about 25000 miles on them.

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Wheel bearings are difficult to figure out while driving, and yes, the weight is lifted off the left wheel when turning right, we're not talking a harsh turn, just slight turn. Keep in mind that wheel bearings have an inner and outer bearing and race, that's why the method above is not accurate all the time, it's more of a guesstimate to point you in the right direction. The best way to check wheel bearings is to have the vehicle off the ground so you can spin all 4 wheels.

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      tgrim1 21 months ago

      " If the noise is a little less if you turn right, the damaged bearing may be on the left, or vice versa, because taking a little weight off the damaged bearing by turning away from it may decrease the noise."

      If confused. The noise on mine goes away with even the slightest turn to the right. The first part of the sentence suggests then that it the left bearing that is bad. But isn't the left one having MORE weight put on it in a right hand turn? Seems like then it should be the one you are turning towards that is the bad one if the noise goes away.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carol,

      Yes, ball bearing make up the whole wheel bearing set like you see in the pictures above, the ball bearing is the little round balls, the wheel bearing is the complete assembly. Your thump could be caused by flat spots in your tires or by brake pad impressions on your brake rotors. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Carol 22 months ago

      Is a wheel bearing and ball bearing the same thing?I was told I needed a wheel bearing replaced, and I thought they said ball bearing, and took it to another mechanic that put it on a lift, put the car in drive so the wheels would spin and they said I did not need the ball bearing replaces, so now I wonder if it's the same thing. BTW, it was dealer that said I needed the wheel bearing replaced to the tune of 600, the trustworthy mechanic said I did not need it. My car is a 2004 subaru wagon, I have taken excellent care of, it has 143,000 miles. when i go really slow like 15 miles per hour, the car makes a thumping sound..and goes away when I speed up. The car does vibrate a bit at 70 miles per hour, but not like the one you showed...thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Awesome Scag612 , and thanks you for taking the time to update your problem, your feedback is priceless.

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      Scag612 22 months ago

      You are "spot on." It was a wheel bearing and amazingly enough it was not the one on the wheel that was damaged (left front), but the right rear...and he commented that it is not necessary to replace any other than the failed one at a time. Thanks for your advice.í

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Scag612,

      Yes, because the bearing is damaged and the vehicle was not driven right away,it took a few day for the noise to appear, and now it's gradually getting louder. That sounds about right. Keep in mind, you should only need to replace the damaged bearing not both, bearings do not need to be replace in pairs.

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      Scag612 22 months ago

      About 10 days ago I hit a concrete road island (I didn't see) with my left front wheel at about 30 mph. I knocked loose the plastic wheel well protector and dented the left wheel beyond repair. I had to pull out the plastic protector to continue to drive. I drove it to the repair shop, Wheel Source, which specializes in front end work and other wheel conditions. After a totally different diagnosis at another repair facility, I was shown, physically, what needed to be done which was to replace the struts and replace the wheel (which could not be straightened out) and re-align the front end and rebalance the wheels. When the work was completed and I drove it off the lot everything seemed fine. a day or two later, I began experiencing a whining noise coinciding withe the RPM's. It got louder each day and I took the vehicle to my most trusted repair facility and he believes it's a wheel bearing and referred me to another specialist who does mostly that type work. He indicated that it is common for wheel bearing issues to come soon AFTER a wreck or collision and not immediately afterwards. Is that your experience. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brenda,

      Finding an honest mechanic is not easy, especially the new young mechanics, I find they don't have a lot of ambition or experience, they all want to make money but don't want to work :(

      What is the problem with your vehicle? The more details you give me the easier it is to diagnose without seeing it. I can help you figure out a reasonable cost for your repairs, if we can figure out what's wrong first. Let me know, thanks.

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      Brenda 24 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Wow lots of great info! I have an 06 Pontiac Torrent. I had a diagnostic done and it showed it was a left front hub assembly and caliber. Then another repair shop said stabilizer links. I don't trust anybody at this point being a female we always get shafted (with cost of labor and parts) even taking it to the dealership. Who can females trust to know they we're getting the fair costs and the right job?

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      Eddie Carrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi JP,

      The traction control and VSA lights are on because the check engine light is on. Have the code checked, once the check engine light is out, the rest of the lights will be out too. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      JP 24 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I'm trying to search what could be the cause of my VSA light, check engine, and traction (triangle light) coming on in my 2010 Honda Accord. Back in Jan-March, I had the cat fixed, then 2 wks ago I go into dealership & they tell me wheel bearing has to be changed. My dad's mechanic fixes it and now a week later my dash lights up with these 3 lights ! I bought it with a little over 82,000 miles and now has about 112,000. I bought it a little over a year ago. What's your take on this ? I'm running out of money here.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony,

      In order to find out which cylinder is not firing now, I recommend unplugging each coil, one at a time, each time you unplug a coil the idle should change, if and when you get to a cylinder that doesn't change when the coil is unplugged, that is the cylinder with the problem. Once you know what cylinder isn't firing, then you just need to figure out why.

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      Tony 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Hope you had a great weekend. I did try replacing the plug in that cylinder during this weekend and the problem is still there. At this point, I do not have any idea what the problem may be but it is driving me nuts. The vibration is present only when idle. What do you think my next step should be? Thanks for your help. Tony

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony, thanks for the update :)

      You may want to replace the plug in that cylinder again just in case it got damaged with the bad coil. I'm not sure if this will help, but it's a cheap and simple test. Keep me posted Tony.

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      Tony 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I found out a video on youtube that helps you diagnose a bad IG Coil. I found out that my 3rd coil on my Kia Rio was completely dead. I bought a new one at Autozone and replaced the bad one with the new one. My car seems to drive better now but I noticed a little vibration when idle is still present. The vibration is less than it was before replacing the bad coil. Any suggestion why I am still having a little problem?

      Thanks,

      Tony

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony,

      I recommend changing only the coil on the cylinder that is having the problem. You wouldn't change all the light bulbs in your house if one went out, and the coils are the same situation. I'm not trying to be a wiseguy, just trying to explain it in simple terms. Let me know if this helps, thanks Tony.

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      Tony 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I towed my Kia Rio to the garage. The scanner was showing a misfire on cylinder 4. The mechanic did a little cleaning to the coil and cleared the code. He told me to drive it and see if the problem comes back. I did drive and the car steel vibrates and engine idles rough. The check engine light flashes sometimes but it goes away after it got cleared. He also told me spark plugs were bad. I did change the spark plugs yesterday and after a while driving it the problem came back but it is less than before but it still vibrates. I tried to scan and check for the code but now the scanner shows no codes. Should I drive the car like that until check engine light comes back on or should I just replace the 4 cylinder ignition coil? Any suggestion from your end will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shellie,

      I didn't see your post, sorry. If you don't hear any unusual noises while driving then axles and bearings must be in the beginning stages of wearing out and don't need immediate attentions. You said the boots are torn, so I'm assuming you need new axles not wheel bearings?

      Hi Tony,

      Sounds like you have a cylinder not firing causing the engine to idle rough (skip) and make your check engine light flash. I recommend having it towed to the garage. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Tony.

      Hi Jimmy,

      It sounds like your reverse gear is worn or the shift fork is bent, either way, it would be an internal transmission job (most likely). Let me know if you have other questions Jimmy, thanks.

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      Jimmy 2 years ago

      I was driving my 1997 Jetta in reverse and it just popped back in neutral. I tired reversing and the same thing happened again and there was this funny electric smell. My car is a stick shift. Could this be the transmission or? Thanks

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      Tony 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Kia Rio 2006. Just yesterday while driving, my car started shaking a little while on neutral. I drove it for a few miles and the car started not taking the gas. I would press on the gas a little more than usual and me car would go very slow, then my check engine light started flashing. The car starts but it still shakes and it feels like it wants to shut off. I don't feel safe driving it so I just have to tow it to a mechanic. I was hoping I get and answer from you what the problem might be? Any help would kindly be appreciated. Thanks

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      Shellie 2 years ago

      I took my 2004 Toyota 4Runner in for oil change and they told me I had a wheel bearing that needed replaced and both axles are torn and leaking. Do either of these issues require immediate repair? I have not noticed any noises or changes in driving.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Nope :) that would be the wheel bearing. It sounds like your wheel bearing has been making noise for a while. Let me know if you have any other questions Deann, thanks.

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      DeAnn 2 years ago

      Thanks! Would a sticking caliper cause the rotating flapping helicopter noise I hear? It slows and speeds up with acceleration

      Thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Deann,

      No brake pads will not be affected by a bad wheel bearing, you may have a sticking caliper causing the brakes to wear prematurely, but the wheel bearing will not cause this issue. Let me know if you have any other questions Deann, thanks.

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      Deann 2 years ago

      Can a bad wheel bearing cause break pads and rotars to go bad? I've had this type if noise for years which no one could diagnose? Then the break pads/rotars went bad (large scraping sound) then the noise went away for a few months but it keeps coming back and they keep replacing brakes now they are saying the same noise is wheel bearings? I'm do confused?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maria,

      You're taking a chance because I don't know how bad the noise is. I recommend having it checked by a mechanic before you take it on a log trip.

      Hi John,

      Sorry I didn't see your post, Welcome back :) I would check the catalytic converter, it sounds like it's starting to clog. Do you hear any leaks or pressure building up in the exhaust system when trying to accelerate fast?

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      JOHN 2 years ago

      hey Eddie, im a returning member to this thread as when i am stumped on what to do, so recently all of a sudden when i got in my car to go to work i have seemed to have a very considerable amount of power loss to my gas pedal...i drive a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS 5 Speed manual. As of now im able to put my gas pedal to the floor and it will accelerate but ALOT slower then it used to, 3rd gear to 5th is usually the worst for this! ive never been able to put my gas pedal to the floor before..anyways ive replaced My way over due sparkplugs...checked my air fliter which is new, plugged it into a pc, no codes pop up, ive cleaned my throttle body, my clutch is in great shape, put fuel injector cleaner in my gas tank, im running out of ideas! thanks

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      hi maria 2 years ago

      My car just barely stating to make the boise in the right wheel is safe for me to drive my car to arizona from caligornia

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sara,

      I have never heard of a wheel bearing causing a pull, plus it it was a wheel bearing seizing, it would only be pulling one way not both. It sounds more like you have a tire issue or your power steering is not working properly. First, I would try rotating the front tires to the rear of the vehicle and see if there is any noticeable difference while driving. Keep me posted, thanks.

      Thank you Angela, I really appreciate your feedback :)

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      Angela 2 years ago

      Great explanation!!

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      Sara 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 06 Chrysler Pacifica that I just bought a few months ago and I had nothing but issues out of it. I've already had the subframe changed due to severe rust also tie rod ends and lower control arms on both passenger and driver side because of popping and cracking. Well now the car is still popping and cracking and when I drive it on any road flAt or curvy it will jerk to the left or righ very hard and at times feels like it's driving its self and I have to fight the wheel to keep it on the road. I was told it could be a wheel bearing issue but really I'm no so sure. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Kev,

      If there is still play in the wheel, you'll need to have someone look at the suspension while you rock the wheel back a forth, it's the only true way to determine what is loose instead of guessing. Let me know what you find, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      kevin 2 years ago

      I have a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer V6 AWD. A year and a half ago I replaced both front end wheel bearings with the cheap ones from Auto Zone. One just went bad was making the humming noise again. So I replaced the bad one using the high dollar one from Napa. After installation I put the tire back on and there is still a little bit of rocking when moving the tire at 12 and 6. Napa said possible bad ball joints or a suspension issue. Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      I wish I could help you Dodee, did you try Angie's list? It may be worth a look.

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      Dodee 2 years ago

      Can you recommend the honest mechanics in Vancouver Main land for fixing the noise of my car. Several of them fix my car but the same noise happen. They changed the wheel bearing times. I need one who could solve the problem.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Genevieve,

      Only the traction control light is on, not the ABS? If the same noise is still there they may have diagnosed the wrong wheel bearing, I see this all the time. if the tech doesn't take the time to pinpoint the noise and guesses, they may have replace the wrong wheel bearing, and also damaged the ABS sensor during the process. Let me know if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what happens, thanks Genevieve.

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      Genevieve 2 years ago

      Hi, thanks for the great article! I have a 2010 Chevy Impala and less than a week ago had a wheel bearing replaced. It was making a very similar noise to the one on the video and I also had a service light for traction control. Four days after having it replaced, same noise, same light! Do you think there's a problem with installation? I have an appt to bring it back in a couple of days. Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pete,

      Who did the work? Did you check all parts that were removed to replace the wheel bearing for proper torque, including the bearing? How does the tire look, any bald or worn spots? Let me know, thanks.

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      Pete 2 years ago

      Hi i replaced a loud right front hub/bearing on my 2006 mustang. Fast forward 2 weeks there is now a bad vibration on that side while turning left at speed over 60 kmh/37 mph. Could this be that the new bearing is bad ?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jaime,

      Unless your having a problem with your bearings, there is no need to replace them. To answer your question, one sealed bearing per wheel. If you have knock off rotors, there is no need to replace bearings. Let me know what you decide to do.

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      Jaime 2 years ago

      Hey eddie! Question, i got a 1999 Hyundai accent and im trying to figure out how many bearings do i need on each side of the front wheels? im trying to change my rotors and i was told its best i change the bearings as well. guy at autozone told me i jus need one for each side.. True?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Val,

      So it was a rear wheel bearing? Glad you found it, wheel bearings are tough to pinpoint for some techs because the noise seems to travel throughout the inside of the vehicle, so if they don't physically hear the noise at the wheel, they are only guessing. Anyways, thanks for the update, I really appreciate it.

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      Val 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      After a week of trying to find what was wrong with the car, it turned out to be a bad hub. The noise is gone and hopefully it doesn't come back. Thanks for your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Val, sounds good. If you want to check your tires yourself, take your hand and run it along the tread, not across the tread, feel if it smooth and even or rough and bumpy. Keep me posted :)

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      Val 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for the quick response. The noise is still there after replacing the two front bearing. I told that to my mechanic and we even test drove it together today. The noise has been coming from the back of the car, I was surprised that the front ones were very bad (as my mechanic stated). I will send it in for service Friday as I had no ride back home today. The only reason I never thought it would be the tires was that I just had all 4 of them replaced last year and they still look pretty firm. I paid $300 for them but I'll check them anyways and see if I notice anything. By the way this is a 1997 VW Jetta I am talking about. I will keep you posted and again thank you very much for educating us who don't really know much about cars.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John, welcome back :)

      I't not uncommon for this to happen when the idle comes down and you have a lot of accessories on. Honda's had an issue like that once, it was the charging system monitor, but on a Mitsubishi I'm not sure, Possibly the voltage regulator? You can have the battery checked and the alternator output checked just to be on the safe side. Let me know what you find John, it would be great information for other readers who own Mitsubishi's, thanks.

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      John77 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie i'm back here to come for your advice once again!. Last time you helped me out hugely. So i drive my 2009 Mitsubishi lancer GTS, i have noticed when gearing down (Manual Transmission) that my headlights dim down and my fan does as well. What does this mean? I was thinking maybe alternator or battery? I rather get your input before i take other measures first. thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Val,

      Even seasoned mechanics can make an honest mistake, and wheel bearings are hard to pinpoint sometimes. I would go for the road test and point out the noise, if the noise is exactly the same as before the second bearing was replaced, it could be a different bearing or your tires. Tires can make a noise like a noisy wheel bearing if the tread is worn uneven or chopped. Hope this helps, and keep me posed on what you find out, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Val 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I was told my front bearing was bad. The car was making alot of noise. I had it replaced. I tool my car for a test drive after it was replaced and I noticed a bearing noise again but it wasnt as loud. I took it back for service and they told me the other bearing was bad also. Couldn't they notice that the first time? So I had that one replaced as well and now I still get the same noise (he only charged me for the bearing this time no labor). The guy says I've changed both of the bad bearings the car is good. I've been sending all my cars to this guy for about 10 years now and he is a good guy and he gives me good deals but I really don't know what's going on with the car. I am going to take it back again tomorrow and he wants me to test drive it together. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time and your helpful responses.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Perspycacious,

      Alignment will not cause a vibration, but low tire pressure could. If one tire is lower than all the rest, most likely you have a slow leak in that tire. If all tires were low on pressure, I would suspect the cold temperature change would have caused it if you live in a cold climate, and looking at your profile pic and your profile, I would suspect you live near or in some clod temps lol. I would have the tire check asap if it keeps losing pressure. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Perspycacious.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      My shaking could be alignment related but seems to have been resolved largely by a tire pressure check which found the left front at 22 pounds and the right front at my preferred 32! Calls for regular tire pressure checks, and often.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffany,

      If the steering wheel is just shaking without applying the brakes, the mechanic may have not installed the rotors or wheels correctly. I would bring it back ASAP because something is not right and the mechanic may have lest something loose. Let me know what you find out, thanks.

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      tiffany 2 years ago

      Hello I just had my front brakes and roaters dont and my car just keep shaking it doesn't make any noise. The stearing wheel just shakes from side to side violently. Do you have any idea what that could be?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      No fresh tar, and the tire is fully inflated. Some insights should come next week.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Perspycacious ,

      Wheel bearings do not usually fail that quickly nor do they cause vibrations (normally). It sounds like you may have picked up something in the tire like a large bolt or maybe some soft tar that stuck to the tread of your tire. Let me know what your mechanic finds, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Driving my 1988 VW Quantum yesterday I got unacceptable vibration from the right front wheel. The lug nuts are in place and the tire seems properly inflated. It was the first time this happened and it's scary. Wheel bearing, or what? First stop before I use it again is at my friendly mechanics. It was bad enough that I honestly thought the wheel was in danger of coming off.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mark,

      It's tough to say because wheel bearing noises travel, but if I were to guess, I would say the right wheel bearing is the problem because when you turn left, you're taking the weight off the right side wheel. Let me know if this helps Mark, thanks.

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      Mark 2 years ago

      I tried swaying my car back and forth while going at about 40 miles per hour. when I went to the left, the low groaning sound stopped altogether. When straightened out the car, the noise quickly came back. Does this indicate a possible wheel bearing problem on the left or right side?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      Does the vehicle have a vibration when driving down the road? If it does, it's possible that's the problem. If it doesn't have a vibration, most likely you have a shock or strut that is bad. Cupping is usually caused by the tires bouncing, you just need to figure out what's causing the tires to bounce. Have the struts checked and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Samuel bubb 2 years ago

      Hi I have a 2010 mazda 5 and the left rear tire keeps coupling I had a new set of tires put on and in 2 weeks it started to cup again they checked the alignment and it was next to perfect. Any idea what could be doing this thank you sam

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      I feel your pain John, lol. Better leather that cloth. So you ride is smooth and straight?

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      John77 2 years ago

      Thanks Eddie i ended taking it back the next morning and they ended up balancing my tires and re doing the alignment as well as check tire pressures, the owner came out an apologized to me greatly. although i must ask why must all mechanics leave my car dirty as heck? grease everywhere? to clean off black leather is a pain haha

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gerri,

      I'm so glad you found this easy to understand, I write so even someone who knows nothing about cars can walk away with a slightly better understanding of how cars work :) Thanks for your feedback Gerri :)

      Hi John,

      Did you call them right away to let them know? Wow! I can't believe the mechanic didn't even road test the vehicle after they were done the work. The road test is the most rewarding part of being a mechanic, and most mechanics just don't spend the time to do it. Most problems like this would be eliminated if they only took the time to road test. Keep me posted on what happens John, thanks for the updates so far.

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      John77 2 years ago

      So Eddie, got 4 brand new Michelin Sport pilot AS/3's . Got a good deal on them at my friends tire place, so it took 9am till about 12:30pm with alignment and balancing and putting tires on. i drive 30mins home and on the highway at 100 km my wheel shakes like no tomorrow! Meaning they did NOT balance my tires as well as my car pulls to the left, so then im guessing my alignment was not done correctly? i swear i have the worst luck here

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      gerri 2 years ago

      I noticed the loud noise you described while away over the weekend. I brought my car in as soon as I got back on Monday. I have a 2010 Cadillac SRX. They told me it was a tire hub. I looked up this article to learn exactly what that was and you have explained it so that I can understand it. Now I don't feel like I'm being ripped off by my dealership. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey John,

      I'm a Michelin guy, if we have a vehicle with a vibration problem, we throw a set of Michelin's on it and the vibration is gone, not to say you can't get a bad Michelin tire, but they are far and few between. To save money, try replacing just 2 and see how it rides and sounds, if you still don't like it, replace the other 2. Go to tirerack.com and compare prices and read some customer reviews, customer reviews are honest and you can get a good idea about the tires you want to buy. Let me know what you decide to do John, and I appreciate you asking my opinion :)

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      John77 3 years ago

      Eddie, since i am very particulate about my car, i have to replace the tires, i currently have on Pirelli Pzero Nero low profile performance tires. is it better to buy a whole new set of 4? or replace the 2 loud ones? how should i do this both money efficiently and get the best drive out of my car, also which brands to stick to? Michelin? Goodyear? Pirelli? Hankook? etc would love to hear your thoughts on approaching this situation

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      It sure is hard to find good tech now a days, I'm in a advisor position right now and I even have to keep an eye on my techs. I do my best to not mess with the customers, I allocate the job they came in for and return their car within a reasonable amount of time. I noticed the one thing that slows down mechanics in today's shops is the internet and facebook, it's so addicting for them they loose track of time and the customer suffers.

      Tires will cause a noise just like a wheel bearing, so if you rotated your tires and the noise change, it's most likely tire noise. Thanks for the update John, and keep me posted if you decide to replace the tires :)

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      John77 3 years ago

      hey Eddie thanks, turns out it can be my tires, possibly cupped, making the road noise, when i moved around tires, noise shifted from back to front which must indicate it being tires not bearing, although my tires are very pricy so it is not a win win situation by any means. Pirelli P Zero Nero, i took my car else where for balancing which took 2 hours and 35mins which when i got upset and walked into the shop, they had my car apart, tires off rims, rotors off, Calipers off, hood up, all for when i asked them to balance tires, never taking my car there, my car drove different after as well, think it had something to do with them switching the tires around, Overall Eddie hard to come by good people now,

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      The bearing may come as a hub assembly and sometimes these parts can be a bit pricey. If Three shops gave you the same quote or close to the same, it looks like your stuck. The price does seem a bit high, so you may want to ask why it's cost so much. Keep me posted on what you find John, thanks.

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      John77 3 years ago

      Hi, i love your read and was super helpful!, very thorough and easy to understand, i own a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, and from your video i seem to have a rear wheel bearing gone, with 180,00 km on the car. i have been quoted by 3 places around $630 for the one rear bearing. Was also told by my dealer it will need be re aligned after anyways, is this true? any advice?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi JMS1966,

      A wheel bearing will not cause a clunk or a kick in the steering wheel, it will cause some play at the wheel and it will make noise while driving. Wheel bearing noises are usually heard at speeds above 20 mph, it almost sounds like cards in the spokes of a bicycle wheel. I would have your brakes checked for the kick, it sounds like maybe a caliper is hanging up or you may have a worn front end ball joint or tie rod . Let me know if you other question, and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      JMS1966 3 years ago

      Hi I'm not sure if I have a wheel bearing or a brake problem. I felt some clunking on OS front wheel of my 1999 VW Golf and thought it might be wheel bearings but since driving over a few speed bumps this morning whenever I brake I feel a slight 'kick' in the steering wheel. Otherwise she drives ok. A few months ago I had the callipers and brake pads changed during my MOT. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Denise,

      No, wheel bearings are changed on a need to basis, never in pairs. I wrote another article on that specific question, lol . You can check it out at http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Wheel-Bearin... Let me know what you think, thanks Denise.

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      Denise 3 years ago

      Is it necessary to replace both wheel bearings if only one is bad?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for the update Jamie, and keep me in mind if you need any automotive advice, and keep feeding your mechanic, that's cheep labor :) Take care for now.

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      Jamie 3 years ago

      We brought down supper and he did say the rotor could use replacing, if not now, soon. So I'm sure that contributed.

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      Jamie 3 years ago

      They took a look at it and it is the wheel bearing. They were surpriaed, expecting it to be a rotor. Tey said it was some how hitting up against the trim, so it must have been pretty far gone. So odd as there was so noise at all, and I've herd the wheel bearing noise at least a half dozen times in the past (one of our vans needs them replaces at least once a year)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Still have them check the caliper closely, I'm pretty sure there is a problem.

      The Echo, I would start with plugs (they are the cheapest route) then maybe the coils. An o2 sensor would not cause the problem, it's sensing there is a problem, either would the catalytic converter, it just sitting there trying to burn all the raw fuel that is being dumped into it. When the check engine light flashes, it means the catalytic converter is being damaged, so stop asap! Hope this helps :)

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      Jamie 3 years ago

      We picked up the Escape tonight and left our Echo down there. They should have a look at it tonight and let me know tomorrow. They are leaning towards a rotor, said they aren't sure its a caliper problem because the wheel isn't hot, if that makes sense.

      I told them about your articles (so maybe expect another reader). They wanted me to ask about another car they are going to work on, an echo like mine.

      When it drives it acts fine, but i you punch it down it almost misfires/lacks gas and the check engine light blinks on and off. They hooked it up to the computer and it says its a P0300 random misfire issue. They said tht rliminates a lot of issues but there are atill at least a half dozen left and fixing it is trial by error (new spark plugs, new coils, new o2 censor, new cadillac converter, etc). Where would you start with the trials?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jamie,

      I think you have two different problems.

      1. The rotors thickness is uneven which causes the pedal to kick back. the most common problem with rotors is they warp, or wobble side to side like a bent rim. Your rotors are just the opposite, the rotor thickness is not even (thick in some spots, thin in another spot) I would have the rotors resurfaced if there is enough meat on them or just replace them.

      2. One caliper is not working, it's possible the piston is frozen or the slide pins are frozen. Which ever way the car is pulling when braking, check the opposite caliper for problems, so if it pulls right, check the left caliper.

      I wouldn't worry about your wheel bearings at this time, I don't believe they are a problem. Keep me posted Jamie on what you find, I'm very curious, thanks :)

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      Jamie 3 years ago

      I quizzed the boyfriend pretty good when he got home and he said tge drie was actually fine, but he was really paranoid.

      I have heard a few wheel bearing issues (like a whoof whoof whoof sound) and this doesn't do it. Nor does it do a grind like with brakes. No noise at all really.

      When you apply the brake the brake pedal keeps jumping back up as you are pressing on it (the kick). It seems almost as though every time the tire rotates all the way, it pushes back.

      Then it pulls at the end when it goes from slowing down to actually stopping. A pretty solid and noticable (though very managable) tug to one side.

      The more I think about what all you've wrote, the more convinced I am it must be the rotor/caliper and I imagined the wheel bearing. Will hopefully find out tomorrow (he's fixing an exhaust leak in my Escape tonight, God bless him.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jamie, and thank you for all your feedback, I really appreciate it :) I try to explain things so people who don't have any knowledge of cars can understand or can diagnose there car issues, if they still can figure it out, I help in the comments :)

      OK, so your car has a kick back or do you mean a brake pulsation? A brake pulsation is when you step on the brake pedal at highway speeds and the car and steering wheel start to shake.

      If there is no noise with this problem, it's not a wheel bearing. If you listen to my wheel bearing videos, you'll know what I mean. Try to describe for me the problem from start to finish, the more details you have for me, the easier it will be to figure this out. Thanks Jamie :)

      P.S. Keep the old timer around for a long time and keep feeding him good food, it's hard to find an honest and knowledgeable mechanic, lol.

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      Jamie 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I couldn't figure out how to vote for your articles but have found them leaps and bounds more thorough then any other. I'm a girly girl with so particular interest in cars and founds myself reading 4 or 5 different articles I didn't even need.

      That said, my car is acting funny. My boyfriend originally thought it was the brakes but it just feels to bad to just be brakes it seems to me. I thought it might be the wheel bearing and he agrees but reading through your articles, now I am unsure again.

      First, it doesn't really make any noise (any more than a typical 2002 echo). When you apply the brake there seems to be a kick back as the tires rotate (rotor according to your articles?) and it pulls to one side (caliper in your article?). My boyfriend drove it a bit last night an said he was afraid the wheel was foinf to fall off. Tgis doesn't seem brake related. This has all happened in the past week. There was a slight kick back for about 2-3 weeks, but barely noticable.

      Obviously we will have it taken in to our mechanic when we can get it brought out, and have him do all of the work. He is a retired mechanic ho has hos own shop, and I buy th parts and pay have ridiculously too little to fix whatever it is, and make him supper a couple times a week. But I like calling around for prices once I have an idea of what it might be, instead of sitting around just wondering

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Candice,

      Welcome back :) I still think its's a wheel bearing and the work was only done 6 weeks ago, a good shop will guarantee their workmanship for 90 days. If the wheel bearing is bad on the same side they replace the axle, I'm 99.9% sure the mechanic caused the problem. Just remember Candice, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, so complain a little :) Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Candice K. 3 years ago

      Hi once again. I have been very busy with school and it has been 6 weeks since so would you think that they would still do it for free? My car is fine obviously but still makes that noise. And it's about time for an oil and transmission fluid change. I could ask when I go in for that.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amanda,

      That is very weird, because if your car moves in reverse, it should move in drive. I would definitely take it back to the mechanic who did the brake work, it sounds like something came loose and is binding in forward. Do you hear any other noises? Let me know, thanks.

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      AmandaLee1319 3 years ago

      Hey so I drive a 98 Chevy Malibu ..I just bought it from this kid almost 2 months ago. It sounded loud and he said it was the wheel bearing that needed to be replaced. Last week I had to have the CPR replaced on the front passengers side (couldnt afford both and the drivers side wasnt as bad anyway so I just replace the pad) Today I was driving, just got off the highway and I heard a loud clanking noise (it sounded like the passengers side where everything was just replaced) I pulled over because it scared me- I've never heard this sound before.. I ended up having to drive all the way home in reverse because when I would try to put it in drive out wouldnt move it felt like the wheel seized up. If a front wheel bearing broke would I still be able to drive in reverse? Or does that sound like something went wrong with the brakes? Maybe low on break fluid? I have been researching everything and I can't get a straight answer.. PLEASE HELP!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniheart,

      No, the bearing should have been quiet as soon as you started to drive it, call the shop asap and get it back in. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      daniheart 3 years ago

      Just had the hub and bearings replaced. Heading home turning left and right make a weird sound.... does it take a little bit of drive time for it to be fine?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John, that sounds very weird and I have never hear of an automatic transmission locking up unless it is stuck in two gears at the same time, but if the engine is off there is no pump pressure in the trans, so it should release. BUT, it is a transmission shop, and they should know what they are talking about. Did they say how much it would cost to fix it?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      If coolant got into the trans cooler, it will be in the transmission. I don't know why the vehicle wont move in neutral. I would wait on the tune up until you figure out the other problems. Pull the trans dipstick and see if there is any coolant in the trans, it will look like strawberry milk.

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      John 3 years ago

      No i have not changed the radiator yet. What happens if fluid got in the trans cooler? If i press the gas the car jumps real hard. It wont even move in neutral. Plus i need a tune up

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John, did you replace the radiator with a used one or is the radiator still blown? I believe there is a trans cooler in the lower tank of the radiator, you may have coolant in the transmission. Let me know John.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you John.

      Hi Candice,

      I think the mechanic who changed your axles may have damaged a wheel bearing by not tightening the axle nut to the proper spec. I would call them back and let them know about the noise, you should get it fixed for free. The noise wasn't there before the axles were replace was it? Let me know Candice, thanks.

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      John 3 years ago

      Question please....I have a 1999 Mercedes E430 and i was driving and my car started over heating and then I heard a loud pop them my car started jerking. My radiator just started spraying green fluid. So i parked it. I went to turn it on and put it in drive and it wont move. I put it in reverse and it wont budge. I put transmission fluid and it jerks real hard in drive when i push the gas. The motor jumps when i push the gas but it still wont reverse. Please help

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      Candice K. 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie, I just had my axles repaired and now when I drive at high speeds it makes a loud whirring noise and seemingly from the right front tire. I have yet to examine it but I just don't want to have to take it in again because this car is getting expensive to repair. Do you reckon it is the wheel bearing or something else? Is there anything other than the tire that could make

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      John 3 years ago

      Ok thank you alot. I just wasn't sure. Thanks for the help. Love reading on your answers. Helps alot

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      I'm sorry, the best person to ask that question would be a salvage yard, they have books to cross reference parts. Let me know how you make out John, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sounds good Jonathan

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      Jonathan 3 years ago

      Awesome Thank you eddie. I will try all of that and let you know how it goes. Your Very Welcome :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jonathan,

      Your right in theory, but wheel bearings are very hard to diagnose, even for a seasoned mechanic. The best way to figure it out is to jack up the rear wheels, spin the wheels by hand, and listen for a roaring sound like rollers on a metal track. Also keep in mind that a worn wheel bearing will spin much longer that a good wheel bearing. One other trick is to spin the wheels and grab the coil spring at that wheel, sometimes you can feel the worn bearing through the spring. Let me know if this helps or if you have more questions Jonathan, and keep me posted on what you find. Oh, and BTW, thanks for noticing, I appreciate the feedback :)

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      Jonathan 3 years ago

      Your a boss for lending a dice to all of us btw..

      I have a 99 Vw Passt Front Wheel drive. I diagnosed the loud humming noise i was getting when driving over 3omph to be the Driver side wheel bearing because when i turned or swayed left putting the weight on the right side it went away. Was i Right? I replaced the Driver side bearing but still have a humming noise. It isn't as severely loud as it was before but still loud. Do you think its the Driver side Rear now then? Noise still goes away when turning/swaying left.

      Thanks,

      Jonathan

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marisol,

      The alignment should not have been done with a wheel bearing that is loose, so who ever did the alignment should do another alignment for free because they should have checked the vehicle for any loose or worn parts before the alignment, and at that point, noticed the wheel bearing. Let me know if you have any other question, and let me know what happens with the vehicle, thanks.

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      Marisol 3 years ago

      Hi

      I experienced a loud noise myself like if balls were rolling around went to a tire shop and found out my hub bearing was bad needed to get replaced because even the tire was loose. But when I was told I did not fix it since I wasn't financially stabled. An alignment was done while hub bearings where bad about a week or two I was able to replace my hub bearings. It drives great no noise but now the problem is I can be driving and all of sudden it pulls to the side could it be that I need a realignment??

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dan, hey, glad you figured it out. It's unusual for one lug not to be loose, usually it's all or none! Just glad you found it before you had a major accident. If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me :)

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      Dan 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Well I did find out what the main problem was with the thumping noise with my 2000 Taurus. I feel really stupid as the main problem was actually one of the lug nuts not being tightened down on one bolt. Apparently when I bought my tires (new) well over a month ago they didn't correctly tighten down one lug nut on the front left wheel. I did check with my hand previously and didn't feel any loose lug nuts, but this time with the car jacked up and going over with a wrench - the one bolt was not tightened all the way. There is still a very slight noise coming from the same area - but it is barely noticeable.

      I should have known better and checked everything over after buying tires from the tire store which I won't name. It is one of the national tire chain stores. Anyway thanks for your previous advice and response.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ashley, all wheel bearings are different, parts and labor, it could range anywhere

      from $250 - $600.

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      Ashley 3 years ago

      I have a 2000 Cadillac Escalade an my car was making the same noises an its in my front left wheel and I was wonder if u could give me an estimate on about how much that would run me if u could please?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bill,

      I think you have 2 separate problems, one is a wheel bearing and the other is a brake pulsation. There is no connection, just 2 separate issues.

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      Bill 3 years ago

      The sound is consistent it just gets louder as speed increases. Theres a shutter when brake is applied at a hard stop. But the noise remains the same.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi luvtoowrite,

      the noise you're hearing is not a wheel bearing, wheel bearing noises are steady, consistent and get louder with the speed of the vehicle (usually). What kind of noise are you hearing, does it sound like the wheel bearing noise in the videos above? Let me know luvtoowrite, thanks.

      Hi Bill,

      It sounds like a wheel bearing noise, not a CV joint. Worn outer CV joints make a clicking noise on turns, and worn inner joints cause a vibration on acceleration. Does the noise change at all during braking? Let me know Bill, thanks.

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      Bill 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My wife's car is a 2010 Camry and recently there is a noise under the front passenger side. Low warp or grinding sound starts as sonn as you accelerate and worsens as you continue to speed up. Slight vibration at highway speeds. My question is. Could this be just the carrier bearing for the cv axel, the cv axel, wheel bearing or all the above. There is no clicking or knocking indicative to the cv joint but never really hear this noise. Same for the wheel bearing. Thanks for any input.

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      Luvtoo Write 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      My car makes this noise. It is coming from the drivers side. I notice it when I turn and it only makes noise when it's cold.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      This may sound like a silly question, but I have to ask. Have you changed the bulbs yet? If so, do your front marker lights work? Let me know John, thanks.

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      john 3 years ago

      I have a problem. On my 1999 Mercedes e340 my back lights dont work. The brake lights do when you press the brake pedal but the other lights dont work. Please help!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Dan, sounds good :)

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      Dan 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for responding back. I am going to jack up my car on a lift and start troubleshooting this problem next week. I will take your advice (starting with everything that turns) and go from there. I will definitely get back with some feedback on what the problem was. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dan, a thumping noise is usually caused by flat spots on a tire, pad impressions on a rotor, or something stuck to a tire. Inner CV joints can also cause a thump noise, but the noise is also accompanied by a vibration on acceleration. Outer CV joints usually click when turning tight corners and accelerating, but no thump usually. The noise you're describing sounds like it in sync with wheel speed, so I would start looking at everything that turns with the wheels. Let me know if this helps Dan, if I'm off track, give me some more info so we can get you moving in the right direction :) Thanks.

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      Dan 3 years ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2000 Taurus and recently noticed a thumping sound around the front left drivers side wheel. I can at times actually feel it just under where my accelerator foot is. The noise occurs after several minutes of driving and is more noticeable after driving 15 minutes. It is a repetitive thump-thump noise. I just did a quick visual and didn't notice any grease leaking from the front suspension area, or any other visible symptoms. Is this type of noise / symptoms indicative of a bad bearing, cv boot, or some other suspension part? Any help is appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maria, that's very odd! Did the new bearing press in OK? If everything seems to fit OK, you could try punching out the old studs on the old hub and installing them on the new on hub. Or call the auto part store and ask if they gave you the wrong application. It sounds like they gave you a hub for a Durango instead of one for a 1500. Let me know what you decide to do, BTW, that sucks :(

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      Maria 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I just replaced the front wheel bearing on my 01 Dodge 1500 Ram. Now that I have put everything back together I think I may have been sold the wrong size. When I tired to put my tire back on my lug nuts are too small. I was wondering if that would cause an issue or should I just get new lug nuts or change the whole bearing again?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Brad, It sounds like your brakes are sticking, and causing the rotors to overheat and warp, it could be caused by a twisted brake line at a caliper, but a wheel bearing will not usually cause a violent shake (unless the axle nut was left loose, but you would hear the wheel bearing start to hum). Rotors can get very hot even under normal braking, so never touch the rotors after driving , wait at least 20 before you handle any brake components.

      I would bring it back to the shop that replace your brakes and have them double check their workmanship. The wheel is held on by control arms, ball joints, tie rod ends and axle shaft nuts, the wheel bearing is just there for the ride and really doesn't hold anything together.

      Let me know if this sounds about right Brad, and keep me posted on what you find, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      Brad 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I am currently experiencing some vibration and braking issues with my 02 Hyundai Sonata. I spoke with my brother about what was occurring and he said that it is most likely related to my wheel hub bearing. In reading your comments, I am now becoming skeptical of it being related to that. The symptoms start at around 40-55 mph. The steering wheel will begin to vibrate pretty violently, the brake pedal becomes very hard and my front rotors become very hot (can't even touch and they smell like they're burning). I have recently had my back brakes replaced and just recently I have had my front calipers replaced. When replacing my front calipers they did not test the vibration due to weather conditions on the road. I also have had new tires put on recently as well; within the last year. Do you believe that this is caused by the front wheel bearings? My brother said that it makes sense, because if there is significant play in the wheel bearing the only thing holding the tire in place is the caliper. Really need to get this fixed properly so any input would be greatly appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey 03 Trailblazer,

      Get a second quote. We are talking about brake drums only, right? Or are we talking, replace the e-brake shoes with rear pads and rotors? If it's just rear brake drums, You should be paying about $40-$80 per drum, just google it. And the labor to do a rear brake job is 2.0 hrs. Don't walk away from this garage... RUN, you can get a much better deal, and probably better workmanship somewhere else. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

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      03 Trailblazer 3 years ago

      I've been quoted $360 per OEM drum at chevy dealership, plus 1.5 hr of labor per side. Is the drum cost reasonable?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Ok Breanna, thanks for everything, I'll be right here :)

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      Breanna 3 years ago

      Hey Eddie!!

      Really? Well then I guess I'll have it checked out when I get my tax return here in a couple weeks. As long as I'm not going to have heart failure (like I did when I had to rebuild the tranny) :) and have no fear... I've told EVERYONE about you, even my mechanic haha thanks again!!! I'm sure I'll be back sooner rather than later, we're looking into a ford expedition (1999-2002) so I'm sure I'll need advice from that!!

      Breanna

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey, that's great Breanna, motor mounts are not bad to replace, I think the CV joint and wheel bearing are more expensive, lol. Glad I could help :) If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me, and don't keep me a secret, tell people you know ;) I really appreciate your feedback.

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      Breanna 3 years ago

      Hey Eddie... You are awesome :) checked the tread on the tires, nope still good (tires are about a year old) took it to my mechanic, yup drivers front wheel bearing and cv joint :) good thing for the friends and family discount haha! I'm scared to even ask about the motor mount, that sounds expensive! Just wanted to let you know you were right on (as usual!!) and you are awesome sauce! Keep up the good work!

      Breanna

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Breanna, the humming noise sounds like a wheel bearing or tire, just check your tread wear on your tires, if it's uneven, the noise may be from the tires. The clunk clunk clunk sounds like a CV joint ;) and the shake in the steering wheel could be caused by a bad motor mount but like you said, "the car is 18 years old". Nice job, and you said you're not mechanically inclined, lol. Let me know if you have more questions Breanna, and thanks for feedback :)

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      Breanna 3 years ago

      Hey Eddie... I forgot to mention that when the car is idling, the steering wheel vibrates pretty good, it has vibrated since I owned it but since the noise began it has gotten worse, not sure if the 2 are related, or if it's just par for the course being an 18 year old car who was owned by my great grandmother who may or may not have driven into a few culverts (she was 93 when she died). Thanks!!

      Breanna

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      Breanna 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie!! Wow, seems like this is the go to car page!! I am not exactly what you would call mechanically inclined, but I am a research fruit loop and I like to know what's going on so I can tell if I'm being given good advice!! I do have a couple questions for ya though. First, I have a 1996 Dodge Stratus 2.4L engine with 143,000 miles on it. About 6 months ago I had the left rear wheel bearing replaced. Now my car is making a humming noise again on acceleration and deceleration, but it doesn't sound like the cards in the spokes of a bike (yes, I watched your video :p ). It sounds like it's coming from the left side (to me) and that's from sitting in the driver's seat AND passenger seat. Also, I think I might need to replace the CV joint (I think that's what it is) bc when I make a sharp left turn (like a U-turn) it makes a clunkclunkclunk noise, am I in the right ball park?? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!

      Breanna

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John, I hate to see you spend money for nothing, I would have someone take a look at it, the vibration is very obvious so it shouldn't be hard to figure out. Yes, it would be just an axle, but you would have to disconnect a few other suspension parts to get it out. Let me know what you find John, thanks.

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      john 3 years ago

      I was shaking the inboard shaft and there is movement and play. Could that just be it? Or something else could be involved? I would just have to change the shaft only or is something connected

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Phil, just remember, you said you didn't have this vibration until you changed the tires. If this is true, it's highly unlikely you have a bent rim, and unless you really slammed a pothole and cause a bubble in your tire, your rims should be fine. So have the shop balance the front tires again to start with.

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      Philddv 3 years ago

      Yeah the tires are fairly new so that might be the noise. But my mechanic friend tightened the front right axle nut and the play is very minimal. He just wanted to see if I can still notice the noise. And I still kind of do, but like you said new tires can make that noise. I'm not driving fast or crazy just in case. But he said I should take it to the wheel shop I go to; to see if the vibration is due to a rim or rims that may be bent. I just started searching about bent rims and some symptoms do apply to my situation with vibration. Such as highway speed vibration and I have hit a couple pot holes in the last couple months. Car problems are a pain, especially that I only have one car.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Phil,

      New tires can make noise like a wheel bearing, the only way to know for sure is to have all 4 tires off the ground, and run the truck at 35 mph, if you hear the noise, it's a wheel bearing. keep in mind that it's rare a wheel bearing will cause a vibration, unless it has significant play, most likely the vibration comes from the tires, oh, and balance will not cause a noise, just a vibration. I recommend figuring out what is loose in the rt front and fix it first.

      Let me know if this helps and let me know if you have more questions. Keep me posted Phil, thanks,

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      Philddv 3 years ago

      Eddie need some help. I have a 2001 toyota tacoma and it started vibrating at highway speeds (55 mph and higher). The vibrating isn't scary unless I go past 75 mph, it's more annoying because my truck hasn't done it before (i had my car for years and drove at freeway speeds and even faster all the time). And the steering wheel shakes, but not bad; I can just feel the truck vibrating (I can still easily control the car). It started with my older tires and I needed new tires anyway and bought some and they are new and balanced. And recently I heard the wheel bearing humming noise at 35 mph and higher. I drove it at 45 mph and put the truck in neutral (it's a 5 speed manual) to eliminate the engine noise and I can definitely hear a humming noise like a plane is flying or something. I just want to know if I can rule out my tires because they are new and balanced properly. And I just want to know if bad wheel bearing or bearings can cause the car to vibrate at highway speeds. I had a mechanic friend jack it up and said the suspension looks good and the only thing he can find is that the front right (passenger side) wheel had a little play (not a lot). Please help! I drive a lot on the freeway for school and for my externship. Need input before I fix it.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      John something is loose or broken, an inboard shaft can feel like this if it's broken inside. Let me know what you find or if you have more information, thanks.

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      john 3 years ago

      Ok I'll check. And the front end shakes and has a knocking sound and the steering wheel shakes so bad feels the the wheel is gonna fall off. To bad to drive car. Its kind of scary

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John, it sounds like an inner cv joint is causing your problem, you'll have to get it on a lift and check the axles while the wheel are off the ground, if an inner cv joint fails, it causes a wicked bad vibration on acceleration. Let me know what you think?

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      john 3 years ago

      Know its fine. Anything will help. But the lug nuts feel tight. I took the tire off but it looks fine. No mudding or snow. It just happened out of nowhere. My girlfriend was driving then it starting shaking bad at take off. I shook the axel but doesn't move. Maybe the breaks are bad? Idk google aint helping me or youtube lol

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John, I know this sounds silly, but I would start by checking the lug nut torque, if all the wheels are tight, check for something loose or broken in the front end. Have you gone through any snow banks lately or gone mudding? When did this start, all of the sudden or did it gradually get worse? Let me know John, thanks.

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      John Tijerina 3 years ago

      I have a 93 Toyota corrola and the steering wheel shakes real bad and pulls to the left. It also shakes to bad in the front driver side and not able to drive it. It starts shaking around 15mph and if you break it stops but then when you drive off again it does it again. I'm stuck

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rumarques,

      The squeak metal scrubbing against metal sounds is probably a small rock stuck between the brake rotor and backing plate. The shake and vibration on the highway might be cured by balancing the 4 tires, or at least the 2 front tires, I would recommend starting there. The knocking noise is probably a worn front end part like a ball joint or sway bar link/ bushings. Let me know if this helps Rumarques, and if you have more questions I'll be right here :)

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      Rumarques 3 years ago

      Hi there I drive a 2000 opel astra 1.8 16v cse(hatch). Ive been hearing all types of unusual sounds in my suspension when I drive through a ditch. It makes a knock sound on left and right hand side. Ive replaced my front shocks with mountings, thought that was the reason, but the noise is still there! I suspect it is either my wheel bearings aswell, because there is that squeek metal scrubbing against metal sounds but only when I drive slowly and in between houses and buildings. When I drive 100km/h upwards ive got a heavy shaking on my steering wheel aswell, irritates me! Please I need advice on possible solutions and where I can save a buck or two before someone starts scratching unnecessary. Thanks alot markie

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      That's OK Joe, there are a lot of comments here, so I can imagine the confusion, lol. Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

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      Joe 3 years ago

      Mike I just had to take the time to say thanks for this awesome article.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike, and thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

      If you were to step on the brake lightly, does the noise go away? Or does it change pitch or tone? Do you think it might be a caliper creeking? Does it make the noise to the speed of the wheels ( so as the car slows down, does the noise slow with it?) Let me know Mike, and remember the more details you can give me the better, oh and what kind of car is it :) Thanks.

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      Mike 3 years ago

      Eddie, great content, and what a great spirit you have! Thank you so much for this. I have a noise that has been a little hard to figure out. At first I was thinking bearing on the front driver side, but now not sure. It mostly occurs at lower speeds and whenever I am NOT pressing the gas or the brake. It's not a constant noise, but comes in regular pattern (reh, reh, reh, reh, reh) and its quite loud. When I press on the gas it goes away. When I let go of the gas and the car starts to slow itself down (still no brakes by me) the noise comes. Any ideas?

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      LoisRyan13903 3 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      I guess its some type of hard rubber ball that connect the ball joint and A-frame there are two of them. It might just be a nickname for another part

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lois,

      I'm not really sure what he means by "hockey puck" but by the sound of it, it's probably a bushing , especially on a 2000, bushings don't last forever, and over time they tend to dry rot and crack. Let me know what he's talking about after you get the bill :) Thanks.

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      LoisRyan13903 3 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Now what is exactly a Hockey Puck? I have my car in shop to replace the tie rod ends and my mechanic says I need these as well. He is an honest one so he is not pulling my leg and it has something to do with the front suspension

      This is for a 2000 Chevy Malibu

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      J. Smith, that's awesome :) and thanks for the feedback, it's priceless! You know where to find me if you need me :)

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      J. Smith 3 years ago

      Excellent information for the person about to get potentially fleeced at car repair shop. The video of the sound was a nice touch and spot on for me. Thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      I recommend turning the steering wheel all the way to the left or right and taking a close look at the front tires, you will be able to tell if you need new tires. Let me know what you see or if you have more questions Lisa, I'm very curious, thanks :)

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      My front left tire spins with minimal effort. It usualy does it when it is wet or gravel/sand but it has done it on what appears to be dry pavement. My tires were purchased July 2012. I have a 08 Chevy Uplander and it is FWD and has traction control. This is my first vehicle with traction control and don't know if this is normal for traction or if there is something wrong. When I start from a stop sometime the front drivers side wheel feels /sounds like it is spinning and it takes a minute for the van to get movement. I usually have to lay off gas and start again very slowly on the gas peddle to grip. My tread seems to be fine. Could there be a mechanical issue with the wheel assembly or could my tires really be bad already or is this just normal?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elon,

      Thank you very much! God watches over me, so I'm in good hands :)

      Yes, that is a common noise in the rear of the CRV's, you need to replace the hub assembly, but it's not that difficult.

      Another common noise on CRV's is the differential, but this only occurs while turning, and it's an easy fix. If the differential make noise on turns, replace the diff fluid with Genuine Honda differential fluid and the noise and shutter will disappear.

      Thanks again Elon, and if you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me, take care my friend.

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      elon 3 years ago

      Hello Brother,

      You are doing a fine job helping and protecting motorists from unscrupulous mechanics. Based on your information I am now convinced that the roaring sound coming from the rear end of my 2008 Honda CRV particularly at speeds above 50mph is attributable to wheel bearing problems and not the axle as someone suggested.

      May god give you strength to continue your good deeds.

      Elon

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      No one would help with goodwill? The timing chain would have been a recommended service, not part of replacing the transfer case. I hope you approved authorization for its replacement, that's not a small job, and it's not cheap either! I would check the owner's manual under vehicle service recommendations to see at what mileage the timing chain should be replaced.

      Something sounds fishy here! I wonder if they replace the transfer case and it didn't fix the problem? Then they decided to replace the timing chain to see if that would help? I don't know about you alilfroggie, but I feel like someone is not doing their job properly and they are passing the cost on to you :( Did you ask why the timing chain needed to be replaced? I see red flags here!!!! Let me know if I can help in any way alilfroggie.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      WOW alilfroggie, I wasn't expecting that!! The transfer case on the Murano blew??? If this is a common problem for these models, I think Nissan should step to the plate and help out with parts prices or something. I would call Nissans customer relations and ask if there is any type of goodwill consideration for the very expensive repair. If it's really that common, you may get some help. You should be able to find the number for CR in the owners manual or just Google it. Wait, here it is lol,

      Nissan Consumer Affairs

      P.O. Box 685003

      Franklin, TN 37068-5003

      Phone: (800) NISSAN-1 (or 800-647-7261)

      Monday through Friday:

      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, (in each time zone)

      Let me know what happens, and don't be afraid to call, you could save thousands of dollars, and remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, or the squeaky transfer case gets the money, I hope :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi alilfroggie,

      It sounds like a belt squeel, not a bearing, and the thud you heard sounded like the belt fell off and hit the hood or something. I would open the hood and look at all your belts, or at least do a visual inspection, you might see something missing , even if you dont know what to look for. Let me know what you find, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daijow, Sorry I didn't see your comment, Wheel bearing noise is very difficult to pinpoint, especially on a road test because it echoes in the passengers compartment, that's why so many mechanics misdiagnose the noise.

      What you describe sounds like a wheel bearing noise and not a transmission bearing, but without diagnosing it myself, I'm just guessing. If it were an input shaft bearing in the trans, you would hear it on acceleration in first , second, and possibly third gears, a wheel bearing is louder at about 30mph and up. Differential bearing would be similar to a wheel bearing, but most likely you would have an axle seal leak because of the play. Hope I didn't confuse you, let me know if this helps, and sorry for the late response.

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      alilfroggie 3 years ago

      I just recently bought a 2005 nissian murano AWD. 113k miles. The begining of last week while driving up a small hill It started making a very loud squealing nosie, when I let up on the gas the noise quieted down some but as soon as I accerated again it squealed again. Once I got up the hill the noise quit. Had no other option but to continue to drive the vehicle, until payday, which is tomorrow, anyway squealing seemed to get worse but it would only do it for a short time each trip I drove the vehicle. well this morning on my way to work the same squealing then a loud POP and now a THUD THUD as the wheel goes around. Steering seems fine, I had to drive a short time to get it off the road. Please help I was thinking bearings front drivers wheel but after reading Im not sure because It never had a roaring sound just a high pitch squealing. My vehicle is parked and very much needed

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      daijow 4 years ago

      Hi again Eddie,

      Hm, I'm just confused about the wheel bearing since the mechanic did change it after troubleshooting it.

      The sound I'm getting it as you describe "when hitting a rumble strip". Would it be possible to be something else, like the differential, gearbox?

      I'm unsure, since the sound is speed related and occurs on both the 3rd, 4th and 5th gear. It comes and goes on from 30 mph and up.

      The sound also starts on the front right side at 30 mph, when you reach 60 mph, the noise is coming form the front left side. Is this normal for a bad wheel bearing?

      Thank yet again!

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      daijow 4 years ago

      Hello again Eddie,

      Thanks for the reply. Im pretty sure it's the wheel bearing. The only thing the makes me doubt it is the fact that the mechanic thought that it was the wheel bearing, and changed it. So either they were sloppy and didn't trouble-shoot it properly, or something else might be the problem.

      Could it be the differential, gearbox?

      The noise appears on every gear, but when pressing the clutch the noise is reduced(but still present). Is this normal for a bad wheel bearing?

      Thanks again,

      Daijow

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daijow,

      Sounds like a bad wheel bearing from your description. Wheel bearings are very tricky when it comes to pinpointing where the noise is coming from. . The best way to verify the noise is to have the vehicle off the ground, and spin all 4 wheels. If it's at one of the drive wheels, it's a lot easier to verify, if it a non driven wheel, you will need to spin the wheel by hand and listen closely, also a wheel with a bad wheel bearing will spin more freely with less friction or drag, in simple terms, it will spin more revolutions than a good wheel bearing and you should hear a slight growling noise. Let me know if this helps Daijow, and if can answer any other question, feel free to ask :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Core,

      I don't seem to be getting my notifications as they come in, so I'm sorry about the delayed response.

      If the noise coincides with the rotation of the wheel, it may be caused by rust build up, on the drums or rotors, or the emergency brake may be causing the noise, but I highly doubt it's a wheel bearing. Does the vehicle have drum brakes or disc brakes? If they are disc brakes, is the e-brake on the inside drum of the rotor? Let me know Core.

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      daijow 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Ive had the sound of a bad wheel bearing for about a month. My cardealer took it up on the lift, and concluded that it was the left front wheel bearing that made the noise. They changed it, yet the noise still remains. So either they changed the wrong bearing or it's something else that makes the noise.

      Im confused, because the noise seems to be traveling: when I sit in driver seat it sounds as if it comes from the front left. But when i sit on the passenger side it sounds as if it comes from there. Also, the noise seems to travel from left to right, depending on speed.

      The noise is not constant, but appears around 30 mph, and is most noticeable around 60 mph.

      Does it sound like a bad wheelbearing, or do you have any other ideas?

      I have zero confidence in my cardealer, so I would appreciate your input.

      Thanks in advance,

      Daijow

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      core 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie! I have a 2000 GMC Yukon and I am hearing a squeaking noise coming from one of the rear wheels! It almost sounds like a chirping noise. Sometimes it goes away for a block or two but comes back. Sometimes it loud. Sometimes its quieter. It happens when I'm accelerating or braking and it definitely coincides with the rotation of the wheels. A few people have said its a wheel bearing but it doesn't sound like your video up above at all. My brake pads still look good and so do my rotors. I also had new tires put on

      yesterday and the noise stopped for about half a day but it has since come back! Any ideas

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hierrazip,

      In order to change the rear wheel bearing on a CV, I'm pretty sure you will need to remove the diff cover to remove the clip from the axle, and then press the bearing off and on the axle shaft. You will also need a slide hammer to remove the race from the axle housing. I have never worked on Fords, but I owned a 66 Mercury, much hasn't changed :) I recommend getting a Ford mechanics advice or a manual first, just to be safe. Let me know if you have more questions, and once you change it out, let me know how it went, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      hierrazip 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2001 CVPI and as you probably already know, is rear wheel drive. I was wondering if the rear wheel bearings need to be pressed in. I believe that not all vehicles need them to be pressed. I really appreciate the info that you post. Thank you!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Your Welcome. Congrats again. I shared with some of the workplace people. Near 30 stores both links & profile. Hope they read and learn. I tend to hop skip and jump a bunch. Usually do not comment, since I get to wordy. I vote a bunch more with some additives. Have a great day . . . one smile at a time . . .

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tim,

      Yeah, those 3d printers are pretty cool, I bet the cost of one is pretty steep, lol. Thanks for all your feedback and thanks for stopping but to congratulate me, I really appreciate it :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dria,

      A lot for mechanics neglect to service the rear brakes, cleaning and adjusting the brakes is a big deal, and it can change the way the brake feel and stop the vehicle. I'm glad you got it all squared away, if you ever need any advice on your vehicle, you know where to find me :)

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hi Eddie. First, I did not read this article Yet. It prompted sharing. I read the HOTD and congrats. I have not a lawn, so no mower. I have a natural native plant garden In SoCal. Anyway, on a break from Hubbing, read HOTD, followed, saw this. Just curious. Have you seen the three dimensional printer used to make bearings? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7h09dTVkdw

      I have begun researching a little how far in the future of this and that. Ponder cars today, which you know well, and being electrical vehicles. Ponder parts stores making parts on demand? Rather than stocking parts. Less inventory and more flexibility.

      Possibly shows a future for small engines being greater? Drive train a thing of the past kinda, suspension & Steering here to stay with wheel bearings and such. Electrical & Electronics on the rise. That covers most conveniences and comfort options too. My Honda fit has electrical steering too if I remember correctly. Brakes headed for electronics with coefficient of heat becoming dynamic with rather than fluid with stopping, which is more power on demand than the get go of stuff.

      Okay, back to a project hubbing. Have fun. I will peek in now and then. Thanks for a bunch of pondering. And thanks for the very professional, interesting, and informative hubs for modeling. Don't forget this weekend the Southern Nationals and weather looks good too.

      Tim

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      Dria 4 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      UPDATE: Well, shop 1 contacted me about bringing my car in so they can take a thorough look at the braking system. They seemed to believe the rear brakes needed the attention to where when I pressed on the brakes, it seemed the front brakes were the damaged ones. So, they cleaned and adjusted my rear brakes (no cost!!) and my car seems to be doing well thus far!

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      Dria 4 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      Thanks for responding, it really is a tennis match! I have a 2007 Toyota Corolla CE 4cly non-ABS. I am going to shop 2 tomorrow to change out the alleged defective wheel bearing and we will see what happens. Yeah, I do not hear any noise or strange noise rather when I'm driving...le sigh...I'll keep you updated.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dria,

      Some tennis match :) A wheel bearing would make noise when the car is moving and would get louder as the speed increased, brake pads would make noise when braking and calipers don't make noise but can transfer noise from the pads. I don't know what kind of car it is, but it sounds to me like you need a set of quality brake pads or OEM pads, cheap pads can cause a lot of the problems you have described. Let me know what happens at shop #1 and #2, thanks.

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      Dria 4 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I have been having this back and forth problem with diagnosing my car...not sure if it's the braking system or wheel bearings. I took my car in to get serviced for brakes, I received a front end brake job (pads, clean sliders to get rid of dirt in caliper, then out). About a month later, I had this slight grinding noise, the shop said the parts that hold the brake pad in place broke and it was replaced. A few weeks after this, brake are making a slight grinding noise again, I was told by shop the wheel bearings are bad, I had the wheel bearings replaced by another shop because labor cost to much at shop 1. Two weeks later, a deeper grinding noise comes back, I was told by the shop where I had my wheel bearings done that it was my brake pads, I went back to the shop where I had my brake job done and was told that my rotors had to be shaven down, cool, brakes were doing good. A month and a half later, the grinding noise is back only when I apply the brake. The shop that did my brake job said it was my wheel bearings. I told them I had them replaced and they said the bearing is probably not "packed" enough, they didn't want to look at it since someone done the job, totally understandable (liability). I spoke with the shop that did my wheel bearings, they said it was the brakes but bring my car back in and they will replace it with another wheel bearing. I am not sure what is truly going on with my car. The shop that did the brake job said they hear a noise more on one side than the other (the front right side which is where the grinding noise has been/is coming from). I told them I do not hear any noise while driving only while braking and it's not all the time, only when the car has been driven for a while and I press the brake. A friend of mine suggested it could be a bad caliper. Not sure, unsure of what is going on and I'm for sure of tired going back and forth with this problem. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nancy,

      The wheel bearing is sealed, which means it's sealed from the elements. On older vehicles, wheel bearings had seals but you could service the bearings by removing them and re packing them with new grease. With the new style bearings, they cannot be serviced, so the service adviser wanted to get all techie on you and said it's an internal failure, lol.

      The wheel bearing is located right behind your rim/rotor, the axle goes trough the center of it and its what your wheel rides on (wheel bearing) it has nothing to do with rods or rod bearings, that would be inside your engine. Is the noise inside your engine?. Let me know Nancy, hope this helps :)

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      Nancy 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie - I recently purchased a 2008 BMW X5. Had it a month and heard a noise took it back to dealer said it was my front drivers side wheel bearings with internal failure. What does internal failure mean if the bearings are supposed to be sealed (as I read in your Hub article). Is this issue related to the rods or rod bearings or the drive shaft? Just learning oany insight would be great. I want to be sure I unerstand what I m ying for to be fixed.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi cbe,

      The sad part about this question is if you had 4 mechanics look it, you may have come up with 4 different up sells. If the wheel bearing wasn't making any noise, it probably could have just been tightened, and you'd be on your way.

      If you want to check your struts and shocks yourself, take a flashlight and look at each strut and shock, if they are wet with oil from leaking, it's possible you should replace them soon.

      Do the bounce test, if you push down on the vehicles bumper and bounce the car as hard as you can, then let go, if it continues to bounce more than three times after you let go, they're bad. Also use common sense, and ask yourself, how is the ride quality? Is the car all over the road and bounce everywhere? If not, you should be fine. A shock or strut stops the vehicle from bouncing after going over a dip or a hump, they keep the tires on the road essentially.

      $400 seems a bit high, usually about 2 hours labor and the cost of the part, which shouldn't be over a $100. Let me know if this helps, and look a your struts and shocks, tell me what you find.

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      cbe 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie:

      Great info here! I have 2003 Maxima, 168K miles, 4 brand new tires. In replacing tires, was told by tire dealership that there was too much give on right wheel and that I need to replace wheel bearings. No noise...just loose. Went to mechanic who confirmed (fix to replace rt front bearing approx $400). Sometime earlier at approx. at 165K a different mechanic said I needed to replace shocks/struts. Current mechanic said nothing about shocks/struts. Is there a misdiagnosis here or two separate issues? If two issues, why do you think neither mechanic mentioned both? Is $400 for cost to replace right front wheel bearing in ball park? Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lois,

      300k out of a blazer is impressive :) One noise you don't want to get use to is a wheel bearing noise, because when you start to hear it, it becomes the sound of money leaving your pocket,lol. Thanks for the comment Lois, and if you ever need any advice, you know where to find me :)

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      LoisRyan13903 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Well my mechanic replaced them. I became a pro at them by recognizing the sound when they were going. I can't remember the mileage I was at when they were done but when I finally retired the Blazer, it had over 300,000 miles on it.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jane,

      A faulty wheel bearing doesn't affect the speed of the car, but it sure can make a lot of noise :)

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      Jane Katigbak 4 years ago from Philippines

      Exert mechanics can track down which car part is at fault by simply listening to the sound. Does a wheel bearing affects the speed of the car?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for the update slhasselman,

      In my opinion, they are damaging the bearing during installation. That style wheel bearing needs to be pressed into the hub and I truly believe the mechanic does not know what he is doing. If the bearing becomes separated during installation, the noise will not be heard right away, it will take a few days or even weeks to make noise. I would have them replace it again, or ask for a full refund and bring it to a different shop. Let me know what you decide to do slhasselman, thanks.

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      slhasselman 4 years ago

      It's a loud roaring sound from the left rear, they told me the first time it was a bad wheel bearing and replaced it. Car did OK for 1-2 weeks, then the sound returned, I took the car back in, they said the wheel bearing needed replaced again, must have been a defective part, blah, blah, and they replaced it again. Car did OK for 2-3 days, sound came back, they replaced the bearing again, said they used "better quality parts" that time. Now the car has done OK for 1 1/2 weeks, but the sound is back today, and I am getting ready to take it in again. After the first repair, the parts and labor have been under warranty and I haven't been charged for the redos, otherwise, I would have already taken the car elswhere! I'm wondering if they keep treating a symptom without getting to the actual problem? Like something else is wrong in the vicinity of the bearings that is really causing this? Forgive me, but I know very little about cars, now I'm trying to educate myself so I don't get taken for a ride.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi slhasselman,

      What seems to be the problem? It's very unusual to replace a wheel bearing twice never mind three times. Are they replacing it for the same problem?What's the problem?

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      slhasselman 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great car info. I have had the left rear wheel bearing replaced 3 times in the past 6 weeks on my 2006 Honda CRV. What is really going on here, and why can't the mechanic seem to fix it?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Let me know what you find if you ever pursue it , thanks :)

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      K80smazda3 4 years ago

      Ya, i was thinking the same thing. The car has 190,000 on it, I've never really had any issues up till now. I'm just hoping the transmission isn't on it's way out. My dads a mechanic, but he just doesn't know a whole lot about the Mazda's. Thanx for your input though.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi K8Osmazda3,

      No, a wheel bearing will not cause this problem, This is an automatic transmission I assume? I would try doing a transmission flush if you have the money, it's a long shot, but I have seen a lot of shifting improvements after flushing a tans. The screen may be clogged or you may just have a dirty valve inside the transmission hanging up and preventing it from shifting. Like I said, it's along shot, but a lot less expansive then rebuilding a transmission. Let me know your thoughts on this.

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      K80smazda3 4 years ago

      hey Eddie. so my 04' Mazda 3 s obviously needs its wheel bearings replaced, but i just wanted to know if the failed wheel bearing would cause my car to stop shifting past 3rd gear. Even when i put it into tiptronic it won't let me manually shift it at all. It started to buck when i was driving it, and then about 2 days later is when it stopped shifting over 3rd gear all together. I know it's my wheel bearing because its been making the noise for a long time now. ( I would have fixed it sooner had i had the $. )

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi dawn,

      Yes it's very possible let me know what happens dawn or if you have any other questions, I'll be right here

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      dawn 4 years ago

      Hi, I took my car 1994 Honda Accord to get the wheel bearing replaced, they called and said they couldn't get the axle to go back it?? they thing they got the wrong bearing, could that be the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      I believe you have the wrong hub on the vehicle or the abs ring on the hub is missing, damaged or it's the wrong ring. Make sure you have the correct part number, look at the ring for damage, and if all else fails, compare the new hub to the old hub.

      Let me know what you fine Chau, I'm very curious, thank you :)

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      Chau Van 4 years ago

      My wife has a honda CRV 2006 FWD, has rear bearing noise, I replaced both side, the bearing noise gone, now ABS and VSA light on, hook up scanner said LR ABS sensor, so I replaced sensor, clear code, ABS light come back on AGAIN , what cause that?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lois,

      Replacing a wheel bearing is not and easy job, and it is very unusual to have to replace them tiwice, did you do it yourself or did you have someone do it for you?

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      LoisRyan13903 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      I became a pro at wheel bearings since I had to replace the front ones twice in my Chevy Blazer

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maura,

      A wheel bearing will not just fail or leave you stranded, (usually, at least I have never seen one do that) they can make noise for years and never fail completely. I'm not saying to forget about it, just keep an ear on it, if the noise starts to change, like making a grinding or crunching noise, get it fixed right away.

      I would get a second opinion too, I know shops are competitive and you should be able to get a better deal somewhere else. Did they tell you that you need two wheel bearings? Because that's very rare, usually only one bearing needs to be replace, but they will tell you two to cover there butts :) Let me know what you think Maura, and if you have any other questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Maura 4 years ago

      I have needed wheel bearing for about 3 months. Toyota charges over 1000 for parts and labor.. Want to get it done but don't have the money. How long can this noise keep going without damage being done? Will the car shut down in me?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      No, a wheel bearing has nothing to do with shifting. I would start by checking the transmission fluid level. Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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      mary 4 years ago

      would a damaged wheel bearing cause a car not to shift down?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      Wheel bearings typically last the life of the car, but like with anything, manufacturers have batches of inferior parts that get used in production. The other way a wheel bearing fails is from damage due to an accident or the seal is damaged and moisture enters the bearing and causes damage.

      But Because the mileage is so low, it should be under warranty, but if it's not, I would ask the dealership to help you out, maybe they can pay for the part and you could pay for the labor?

      Let me know what happens, let me know if it's under warranty or if they helped you out at all, thanks Karen.

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      karen 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie. Thanks for the info. I have 35K on my 2008 Audi A4 and now replacing another wheel bearing. Is it common for them to go with so little mileage on the car? Thanks for being so generous with your information. Karen

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Monica,

      I don't know what I did, but I love the feedback :)

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      Monica 4 years ago

      Just wanted to say thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi William,

      Sometimes in the early stages of a wheel bearing going bad, the noise will appear to go away over a certain speed, but it's because the road noise is louder than the bearing noise. Also taking the weight off the bearing (like when turning slightly) can make the noise disappear. Let me know if this helps William, or if you think it might be something else, give me a little more info and maybe we can figure it out, thanks.

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      William 4 years ago

      Hi guys. Have a 2000 Jetta and I am hearing a strage grinding noise coming from my right rear wheel/wheel well. The noise level increases until around 20 MPH then disappears. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      That is very unusual (a wheel falling off) You have lug bolt on the vehicle, instead of lug nuts. Lug bolts/nuts, need to be torqued evenly or the wheel will come loose, you could try using a little locktite on the threads, but I don't recommend using a lot, you'll never get your wheel off.

      Did the wheel come off the hub or did the hub assemble and wheel fall off together? If the hub fell off (I'm not sure of the style axle you have, cotter pin or peaned nut?) maybe the nut was never peaned or the cotter pin was never installed. I'll wait to hear back from you with more info, thanks Steve.

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      Steve 4 years ago

      Great Article.

      I have a 1995 Mk 3 Jetta, and have had problems with my rear wheel bearing. The first time, the entire wheel and end of the hub that the wheel was bolted to flew off entirely while I was driving. I noticed now after the fact the noises you described were very similar if not identical to the ones I was hearing. I replaced the entire rear drum assembly on both sides of the car, and I just had my wheel come off again last night. Any suggestions?

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      Unknown person 4 years ago

      Thank you for posting this site!!! Helpful!!! ^-^

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hbrennan,

      It sounds like maybe the brake caliper slide pins. On some vehicles, if you don't lube the slide pins while doing the brake job, it will cause a creak while lightly braking or coasting. The other thing to check is the lug nut torque, make sure the lug nuts are all torqued evenly, and are tight.

      The noise you're hearing is definitely not a wheel bearing, and it's more likely a suspension noise. Let me know what you find or if you have any other questions/ information, take care for now.

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      hbrennan 4 years ago

      So we thought it was possibly the wheel bearing, but after this fabulous hub I'm not so sure anymore. Our brakes had started to grind few weeks ago so my friend replaced the rotors and pads for me. One rotor was a little warped but the bigger problem was just getting them off. Then just in the week or so after getting them done I keep hearing this creaking sound. It comes and goes, but is very prominent when I turn to the right. Its not that bad while highway driving, more just going under 40mph or when I'm not pushing on gas pedal and then start to push it comes again. Then the next day it may or may not happen as loud as the day before, but always when turning to the right I can hear it in some way. Any ideas? Could it be the wheel bearings or more a suspension thing?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Dwolfe,

      The bearing must have been toasted, I have never seen one that bad, only heard of it, most of the time they get so loose, it feels like the wheels are going to fall off, plus the noise is pretty annoying.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, let me know if I can answer any questions for you, take care.

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      dwolfe 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Great hub, my buddy was told to change the Wheel Bearings in his Pick Up and let it go. We went for a ride and had a 45 five minute ride home and the bearing heated up and weld it self to the spindle. A long story short he had to purchase a spindle that cost a lot more money. So for being lazy and letting a noise go, it cost him a couple hundred more to fix the problem.

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      Az 4 years ago

      tnx. will do so and let you knw

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi AZ,

      So if you open the hood, can you hear the noise even better? If so, you can use a long screwdriver or an automotive stethoscope to figure out which component is causing the noise, or figure out where the noise is coming from, just place the metal tip of the screwdriver on each component (ps pump, alt, ac compressor) and the handle of the screwdriver on your ear, when you get close to the noise the sound will be amplified through the handle of the screwdriver. Let me know if that helps AZ, thanks.

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      Az 4 years ago

      i doubt its the tire since i hear the noise when the vehicle is in one place ( no movement at all ) and accelerate and let go of the accelerator. An engine tune up was also done sometime back, and it's got my mechanic all confused...

      Fyi : I came to hear the noise after hitting the streets giving full throttle...

      I know this sort of issue is difficult to diagnose without personally looking into it, but that's what my mechanic did, and couldn't rectify the prob...

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi AZ,

      The noise you're decreeing sounds like tire noise to me, some tires tend to have a hum to them, and it is augmented on acceleration, hard deceleration, and on wet pavement.

      Good call on the tune up, it certainly wouldn't help with your noise.

      Let me know if you think this could possibly be the noise, thanks AZ.

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      Az 4 years ago

      hi eddie, i came to notice that there's a slight noise which occurs when i accelerate and let go of the gas peddle . doesn't happen at high speeds. It only when i slow down the vehicle or when accelerating in idle mode. when i accelerate i here the engine rev sound which is normal and the moment i let go of the accelerator i here a humming noise( a slight Whooo!!! sound ). what do you think the issue might be?

      fyi, i took the vehicle to a mechanic but he was unable to detect the noise. he said that the alternator was okay, wasn't an issue with the power steering pump and wasn't any of the belts.

      He wanted me to do an engine tune up, but i doubt, that would solve my problem.

      tnx.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome am301986.

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      am301986 4 years ago from New Delhi

      Nice and quite informative hub. Thanks for sharing

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Msinclair,

      The noise you describe doesn't really sound like a belt because a belt would usually squeal when you first start the engine. It actually sounds like a brake pad wear indicator (not the wet day part tho) I would have your brakes checked. Let me know what you find, and if it's not the brake pads, we can dig a little deeper.

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      msinclair479 4 years ago

      I have a VW Jetta. Lately it's been making a noise that I'd describe as a kind of whine. It comes and goes. It shows up more on wet days, and it stops when I hit the brakes. Quite often it'll also stop when I'm making a turn. Does this sound to you like a bearing? Or maybe a belt?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Cameron,

      I suggest you stay in the family business, the world will always need bearings, lol . Thanks for the comment.

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      Cameron Conner 4 years ago from Cornelius, North Carolina

      Very interesting. My family businesses make a lot of bearings as well as other things. It is nice to see what you make actually does every once in a while. Funny story, there is a man that makes a specific part and has been making it for the same type of machine for over 40 years. He can tell the mechanics how to fix their machine over the phone but he has never actually even seen one.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Holbeze,

      Now you have to determine which hub is making the noise and change it out. I think what's happening is the hub is not disengaging enough and is causing your noise.

      Switching to low 4wd is always harsh so I wouldn't worry about it too much. Let me know what you find Holbeze, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      holbeze 4 years ago

      Eddie,

      I did as you suggested with the 4wd and driving backwards. It seemed to minimize it a little, but still is a problem. I even tried to drive a short distance in Hi 4wd and had much the same result. When I switched it into low, it sounded as if it were slamming in.

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