What Is a Wheel Bearing? Diagnosing a Wheel Bearing Noise

Updated on January 9, 2017
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Eddie spent 33 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

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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I hope this article helped you. If you have a question, please feel free to leave it in the comments box, I will answer it as soon as possible. Your questions are welcome and help other readers.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kendra,

      A good mechanic will put the car on the lift and spin each wheel and listen with a stethoscope to find the worn bearing. A horrible mechanic will guess :)

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      Kendra 7 days ago

      Eddie ,

      Thanks for the article very helpful for a female. Is there a "test" or code that will come up if I take it in to the mechanics?

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Debi,

      If you have any questions, you know where to find me :)

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      Debi 3 weeks ago

      Thank you! Your article helped me!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      I'm not sure what I did Hamdy, but you're welcome :)

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      Hamdy 4 weeks ago

      thank you .

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you :)

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      Peter Loeber 5 weeks ago

      This was excellent information. I Have a Nissan Rogue with 120K miles and the information provided was very helpful in diagnosing the problem.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Sandy, let me know how you make out :)

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jennifer,

      Take the mechanic for a ride so you can point out the noise. They had a lot of things apart doing the work you described and if the noise was not there before the repairs, most likely the mechanic may have damaged the wheel bearing during the repair. Be sure to tell them the noise was not there before the repair. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Ruby, there are a lot of honest mechanics out there :)

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      Ruby 6 weeks ago

      Thank you for explaining how a bad wheel bearing sounds. I now know repair shop is telling me truth and not trying take advance of me because I’m a female.

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      Jennifer Merhar 6 weeks ago

      My 2007 suburban just got new tires, brakes, and upper and lower ball joints. Now I have a loud humm when I turn left. Wheel bearings? I had it in again today and they could not find anything.

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      Sandy Riley 6 weeks ago

      Thank you for the easily understand information on wheel bearings. I will have mine replaced tomorrow

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Glad I could help explain the noise for you Ella :) Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anantha,

      It's possible you're hearing a wheel bearing noise but you also could be hearing just tire noise. I recommend asking one of the on call mechanics to go for a ride with you so you can ask them about the noise before you buy it.

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      Anantha P P 8 weeks ago

      Thanks for tip.

      Had a quick question. I was test driving a Nissan Altima (approximately 42K miles on it). Had very light noise when I drove on highway and it was occurring only between 45 miles to 60 miles. Is that a common reason for wheel bearing being bad?

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      Ella 8 weeks ago

      Thank you for your explanation via video, very much helpful. my car failed the UK MOT because of the wheelbearing has blown at the rear. Thankfully I have an decent mechanic, so won't be too costly. I was just wondering what it was. Have had that aeroplane noise for about 3 months but knowing nothing about cars, I had no clue what it was, and an 15 yr old car that has never failed an MOT ever, then it was an 1st to hear anything different.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abel,

      Thanks for the feedback :)

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      Abel 2 months ago

      Thank you, very helpful.....think you hit the nail in the head.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi BV,

      That's a good tip, your vehicle must have been making a lot of noise and not steering very well? That is very uncommon for a wheel bearing to get that bad. Did you have any service done to the vehicle before you left on your trip?

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      BV 2 months ago

      As a women I feel kinda proud that at this point I was able to pinpoint it to a wheel bearing prob that we just got. We’re on vacation but thankfully found a place open Sunday afternoon that is staying late to get it all fixed today...

      Unfortunately we prob made the mistake of driving it the 12 minutes to the shop instead of towing it which would have been free with out on Star.

      Cuz by the time we got there I think they said the rotter took a hit as well as the brakes & pads... it was so hot it was smoking and tire looked completely bent out...

      So my tip is to be cautious and get it towed if it is sounding really bad so it doesn’t affect more stuff and cause more expensive issues... $400 turned into $800

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Luvuyo,

      It sounds to me like the brake shoes are installed wrong and are dragging in reverse. There are usually two different size shoes in the brake shoe kit, one large and one small, the large one usually fit towards the rear of the vehicle, but if it installed in the front of the assembly it could drag when in reverse. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Luvuyo Gelo 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      The workshop replaced the below:

      REAR WHEEL BEARINGS

      REAR BRAKE SHOES:

      REAR SPRING KITS:

      REAR DRUM SKIM:

      WHEEL ALIGNMENT:

      No when i can not reverse the car, it as if the hand break is up or breaks are applied but i can move the car forward. I have sent it back 3 times already

      its a Corsa Utility

      Your help is needed in this matter

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Shinkicker, let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for the feedback.

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      Shinkicker 2 months ago from Scotland

      I think we have this problem in our car. Very good article. Rxplains everything clearly. Cheers

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Irma,

      I don't know if it's safe, I recommend having a mechanic go for a ride with you and check the wheel for any play before you drive 3 1/2 hours just to be safe. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sasa,

      Can you take a video of the noise, post it to Youtube and send me a link so I can listen to the noise myself?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Floyd :)

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      floyd hatchett 2 months ago

      good info, great job!

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      Sasa 2 months ago

      Hello Sir

      I recently bumped into an pavement with my front right wheel, thereafter a vibration and sound came out of the affected tyre. The sound can be heard everytime when I drive the speed of 100km's, I then took it for balancing and alignment but the sound got minimal and no vibration. So I took the technician that assisted with the balancing along on a ride. He then told me it's bearing sounds. So I was hoping that maybe you can weigh in on the matter.

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      Irma 2 months ago

      Hi! This was a really helpful post. If the noise just started a couple weeks ago, and theres a possibility it is a wheel bearing. Is it okay to drive ? I need to get home from school to have my dad fix it but home is 3 and a half hours away. Is that safe?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      I recommend getting a second opinion because I have never seen all 4 wheel bearing go at once. My fear is that the mechanic will run into issues while repairing your car (sounds like they don't know how to diagnose a wheel bearing) and it will end up costing you a lot more when the job is done. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Srikanth,

      Is the power steering fluid level ok ?

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      Srikanth 2 months ago

      Hello sir,sound is comming from my car front tires and also steering getting stiff sometimes in running.plz give reasons for this problem

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      Lisa 2 months ago

      Thank you so much for this clarification. My 2013 Subaru Impreza has been making that whirring sound for a couple of months. Dealer mechanic says all four bearings need replacing and want to charge $900. Is that reasonable and customary?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kathleen,

      You're welcome, thank you for your feedback, it really means a lot :) If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      I wish I could address you by your name, what a great story!

      I wish I could have seen your husbands face when you fixed the car (priceless I bet?) Woman know a lot more about the car they drive then they think, I alway hear the excuse " I'm a woman and I know nothing about cars" and it drives me crazy that they don't give themselves enough credit, they drive their cars every day and know when something is wrong and they know it needs to be fixed. You went above and beyond and fixed it which is out of the comfort zone of a lot of people never mind woman lol. Thanks for sharing your story, and thanks for the feedback :)

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      Empowered woman 3 months ago

      This helped me immensely. I checked my bearing with the stethoscope method and found out it was the bearing. I then bought the whole hub assembly and put it on. I took the old one apart. It was all pretty bad because I had ran over something metal at 11 at night in my way to work, and couldn't see what it was because where I lived at the time hasn't been introduced to Thomas Edison yet or even now. However, I couldn't tell if the noise was just the hub area or if the whole axle was bent. When I found this, I did what you said, and thank god I'm not stubborn and I'm patient, because my husband wanted to get a whole new front end assembly and I said let me try what I just learned from my Google, and that's how I figured it out and fixed it myself. He was like, dang babe you're the woman. So, thanks for your experience sharing and expertise, because it saved me alot of money, time, and aggrivation. Women can do as much as a man.

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      Kathleen Eagleson 3 months ago

      I am grateful for your clear, insightful and helpful information re: wheel bearings Thank you, sir

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nothabo,

      Shiny balls are usually a sign of a wheel bearing coming apart, but that is very unusual.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate hearing from my readers and if all this mumbo jumbo makes sense to them lol.

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      Nothabo 3 months ago

      I drive a Toyota ipsum. As I was driving there was a loud clasking sound then 4 shinny balls fell off as I was turning into my gate. What could they be ?

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      Barbara 3 months ago

      Easy to understand article - thank you - just had my mechanic tell me my front driver side wheel bearing was going bad so of course i had to go google that - 2013 honda pilot - which made sense to me as I have been hearing the annoying whirring sound at certain speeds. this non-mechanic mom appreciates your article.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wanda,

      Thanks for the feedback, if you ever have a question, you know where to find me :)

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Luke,

      Yes even rear wheel bearing will change tone when cornering.

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      Luke 3 months ago

      Hi my car is making a growling noise the last couple of days took it to a garage to av a quick look but says there was nothing visual but all my brake discs and pads are carroided he said so cud be tht as my back discs av bearings in cud this be the case as wen I steer left and right it gets louder wen turn left but cud this happen if the back bearings have gone or just wen front bearings go thanks

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      Wanda Donovan 3 months ago

      I appreciate the clear and easy to understand explanation.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gloria,

      I'm not sure what you mean? Is there a noise, do you think the speedometer is off?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      Usually parts has a warranty of one year or 12k miles, hopefully you fall within either of these two guidelines.

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      David 3 months ago

      I had my right hub bearing replaced just under a year ago at a dealership and it is now having issues once again. When I turn to the right it pretty much goes away.

      I'm bringing it back to the dealership, do you think the dealer would cover this? I'm not sure what the warranty would be or how long it's good for.

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      gloria 3 months ago

      what makes a car seem slower than the speed it is travelling

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alejandra,

      Wheel bearings are usually damaged when removing them, so I would hate to tell you to use it on the other side and still have a noise after all the work is done. It's better to use a new one and do the job once. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lori,

      Yes, a wheel bearing can make the same noise as a carrier bearing, but a carrier bearing will not change pitch when turning, only when increasing or decreasing speeds.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rykie,

      If you replaced the wheel bearing and the noise is still there, it's possible the CV joint/Axle is making the noise. If you hear the noise on tight turns and while accelerating, most likely it's the CV joint. I'm not sure on the price, labor should be around 2 hours plus the parts.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Ross and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate the feedback :)

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      Ross 4 months ago

      Excellent article. I've been a shade tree mechanic for past 38 years so I feel I know a bit about a detailed yet easy to understand article vs. a poor one. This was a very good one and should be appreciated from anyone working on their own vehicles. Thanks.

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      Alejandra 4 months ago

      I recently changed the bearing on the left because the mechanic thought that's what it was however when we changed it, the noise kept on. I still have the used bearing from the left. Can u use it on the right now that the right is going bad?

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      Rykie Muller 4 months ago

      Good day My daughter is driving a 2005 Hyundai Getz and the left wheel is making a very loud noise when we turn right. it sounds like someone is hitting the steel wheel with a metal instrument, so she replaced the outer bearings about 3 weeks ago could it be that those bearings was faulty because its making more of a noise than before or could it be inner bearings and if it is possible could you give me prices please? thank you very much hope to hear from you very soon

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      lori 4 months ago

      will the carrier bearing make the same noise as the wheel bearing? this sound actually sounds like it is in the drivers side wheel. thank you. at least now I know what to ask!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sorry Gina I didn't see your post. If you hear metal to metal and it goes away when braking, it's possible you have very low brake pads and the wear indicator is hitting the rotor. I can't say it's safe to drive without looking at it. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      It sounds like a wheel bearing may be making noise. I recommend bringing it back to the shop that replaced the tires to have it checked, it's possible they may not have tightened something properly. Let me know what you find out, thanks.

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      Lisa 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I just had my tires replaced and I had the flex exhaust pipe replaced due to a hole in it. Now I hear a humming noise when I drive at 40-55 mph once I get to 60 it stops. Not sure what this is hope you can help.

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Glad I could help Roslyn, let me know if you have questions.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lori,

      Your vehicle has wheel bearing, they come as an inner and outer assembly, the mechanic may be talking about a carrier bearing on the axle or driveshaft. Let me know if this helps.

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      lori 4 months ago

      I was told my 2012 rogue had two wheel bearings. an outer wheel bearing and an inner wheel bearing. he said he would use a stethoscope to determine which bearing was going bad. does this sound right to you?

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      Roslyn Pittoni 4 months ago

      Many thanks. I am not mechanically minded and I like to check to see what the mechanic says needs replacing on my car. Your explanation is a great help.

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      Gina 4 months ago

      Hi, My car started making a sound kind of like metal on metal. It goes away if I press on the brakes and also when the car heats up. My mechanic cannot fit me in for a few days, is it safe to drive?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James,

      It could be just tire noise. I recommend keeping an ear on it, if it's a wheel bearing, it will get louder over time.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      No, I have never heard of that nor have I ever seen in in my 35 years of working around cars. Broke studs are usually caused by over torque, under torque, uneven torque, or improperly fitted aftermarket rims. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're Welcome Daniel, hope the noise is gone after the repair :)

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      James 4 months ago

      Hi, I’ve recently purchased an MY2018 Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD and noticed that there is a very faint noise coming from the front of the driver’s side. I don’t know how to describe it but it sounds like blowing air into a pipe. It is constant and can be heard while driving and braking. I had to listen for it initially but now it’s there all the time. It’s not too obvious and when I accelerate I can’t hear it much as well as on highway due to wind noise. No noise at all on idle. Could this be the beginning of humming noise you described here?

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      Daniel Lares 4 months ago

      Very useful info! thank you for confirming my suspicions on my 2009 Accord. getting wheel bearing replaced as I type this.

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      David 4 months ago

      Great article, very helpful. I was wondering if you had heard of a bad wheel bearing causing studs to break off. I can't seem to find anything about it anywhere but had someone tell me that was my problem.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Andrew,

      Let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

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      Andrew Gonzalez 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie.

      This Was REALLY Helpful and excellent technique to diagnose a wheel bearing .

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Javid,

      It's is possible you have a worn tierod, but I'm not convinced that is your noise. Usually, a thud on acceleration is caused by either the front or rear motor mount. It's easy to check the front motor mount, have someone apply the emergency brake and conventional brakes, put the vehicle in drive, and accelerate a little, watch the motor mount during this test, it should move up and down a little like a 1/2", but no more. If it's worn, you may even hear it make noise. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Susie,

      If you ever need any advice, you know where to find me :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks, Faiz it's great to get feedback like this :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      It's possible a wheel weight fell off after the balance and is now causing a vibration. I recommend bringing it back to the shop who balanced the tires and ask them to balance the tires again at no charge. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mindy,

      If the ABS light is on, the ABS system is not working, but you will have normal brakes. It will not cause any air in the system.

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      Mindy 5 months ago

      If the wheel bearing is going out can it affect your brakes,air in line when tire is turned. ABS light came on.

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      robert 5 months ago

      HI,

      once I reach about 100 km/h my stearing wheel starts vibrating.

      No noise!!!

      I had new tyres, wheel alignment, etc

      This is going on for some months.

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      Faiz 5 months ago

      Bro!!!.. What a post.

      So detailed and helpful.

      You saved me a lot of money

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      Susie Campbell 5 months ago

      I find your articles so easy to read and understand. .very helpful. .thank you.

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      Javid 5 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I own a 2006 4-Cyl Accord here in Saudi Arabia. It has done about 140k Kms till date, with about 100k of them under me.

      Now, the problem is that there's a "thugg" sound when I accelerate slightly more-than-gently from a dead stop. Honda diagnosed it and asked me to replace the "Tie End Boot", during a free inspection campaign. Can you confirm if this is the issue?

      Just so you know, most of my driving is under city limits and I've had issues with suspension in the past year. About 10 months back, I rehauled the whole front assembly with original Honda parts, albeit the shocks themselves which are KYBs.

      Thanks! Much appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Marnie,

      If you have any questions I'll be right here :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK, Nicky,

      Keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

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      Nicky 5 months ago

      Thanks so much Eddie! I'm going to contact an independent mechanic to see if they can locate the noise. Thanks again :)

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      Marnie Edwards 5 months ago

      Thank you this has been very helpful for my daughter who has just bought her first car and has just been told she needs her bearings fixed...and for her mum ! Thank you for putting your experience out there very appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nicky,

      The noise and vibration you are hearing is most likely a wheel bearing, and if the noise was not there before, I would be very adamant with the insurance company that this is the cause of the accident. With the vehicle being hit as hard as it was, it's very possible there was enough force or pressure on the other wheels that could cause damage. You will need a qualified mechanic to put the car on a lift and use a stethoscope to locate the noise. We pay for insurance our whole life and when we need to use it, they seem to screw us, the only thing to do is stand your ground that the noise was not there before the accident, hopefully, someone will listen.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joy,

      I recommend a second opinion. Was the car making any weird noises? Did it drive differently? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chuck,

      It can sound very similar, especially if it's a center carrier drive shaft bearing.

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      Chuck 5 months ago

      I have that vibration noise but what is a driveshaft bearing noise the same?? 2009 subaru

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      Joy 5 months ago

      I bought a 2015 Fiat 500L from a dealer in Peterborough January 3rd 2017. Went in for an oil change and I've been told I need brakes and the ball bearings are rusted. How can this be since I've only had the vehicle 10 months. Would this not have been noticed and corrected before I purchased the vehicle?. I've been quoted with tax will be a $1,000 dollars.

      Thank you

      Joy

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      Nicky 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My parked car was recently hit by a driver and she did some damage to my rear left wheel, pushing it forward into the back door. Besides the cosmetic work, the auto body shop also had to fix the rear suspension (replace the trailing arm, overhaul the rear suspension on the left side, and replace the bleed brake system) as well as repair the front left and rear left wheels. They also did a four wheel alignment and balanced the rear left tire. However, when I picked up my car, it's now making an echo noise when I drive. (It was super-quiet before the accident.) I also feel vibration under my left foot that's on the floor. I can hear the noise as low as 20-30mph (it's like I hear a truck nearby, but then realize as I slow down to a stop that it's me). And when I get on the highway, it gets louder where I have to turn my radio up to hear it.

      My insurance company tells me that they are unable to repair anything that is not related to the accident. However, I didn't have any noises before the accident.

      So I'm thinking that this noise was caused by the accident or something that was done or not done during the repair. Any thoughts on what I should have them check out to find out what is causing the noise that I hear when I drive? Is it possible that the damage that was done to my rear left wheel area could cause these noise issues?

      Also, my insurance agent said that it may be a wheel bearing in another tire, which would not be covered by them. But I never had any noise before the accident. It just seems like the insurance company is not willing to find out what is actually causing the noise to get it fixed.

      If your daughter had this problem, what would you recommend for her to do?

      Thanks so much for any feedback you can give!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Christina,

      It sounds like you may have more than one problem. The noise that gets louder when driving is probably a wheel bearing. The squeak may be a brake pad wear indicator warning you the pads are getting low, sometimes they snap off from rubbing on the rotor and the noise will disappear. The clunk is most likely a worn suspension part like a sway bar link, ball joint, etc... Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Christina 5 months ago

      I have the noise that gets louder when going faster I thought it was normal bc it's done it every since I got it used over a year ago.. My concern is that it started a new noise kinda like a squeak when turning this lasted about a week and is now gone however there is a clunking when turning or hitting a bump. I had it narrowed down with research to a ball joint but now I'm not so sure. Could it be a bearing?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jackie,

      It's unusual to have a complete failure unless you never replace the noisy bearing. If it completely fails, the axle could break or the wheel could seize up.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      Honestly, you should find a new mechanic or go straight to the service manager. If water is getting in the bearing, the mechanic who installed it last is to blame, or there is an issue with the hub. Is there a parts warranty of 12 months on these parts? There usually is on replacement parts so I recommend you check your paperwork or ask questions.

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