What Is a Wheel Bearing? Diagnosing a Wheel Bearing Noise

Updated on June 3, 2018
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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

Helicopter Noise From Your Car, What is it?

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.

Wheel Bearing Noise and What it Sounds Like

I Have a Favor to Ask

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.

Questions & Answers

  • Why are my wheels screeching on bends and corners?

    Most likely, the rotor backing plate is to close to the rotor and needs to be adjusted.

  • I have a 2005 Honda Pilot and there is a humming sound coming from the rear of my car. The mechanics changed the two rear wheel bearings and it was still making the same sound. Now he changed the two front wheel bearings and it is still making the same sound! Can you help me by suggesting what you think is wrong?

    If your Pilot is a AWD most likely the noise is coming from the center carrier bearing mounted on the driveshaft in the middle of the vehicle.

  • My truck is making a vibrating/humming noise only when I'm driving 60 mph or 80 mph. Is this the wheel bearing?

    It sounds like either your wheel bearings or uneven tire wear, I recommend checking the tire wear first.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      2 days ago from New Hampshire

      HaHa, Nice pun Owen.

      Sometimes that is the only way to buy a bearing is with the hub assembly, hopefully you're is just a bearing so you can keep the ball rolling at low cost :)

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      Owen 

      4 days ago

      thanks for article...very good job. I have a 2009 Optima making loud noise. I thought it was just the car getting older and I didn't want to believe something was wrong. When I brought it to a mechanic, he must have heard me say the car gets louder as a drive...that tipped him off. My concern is that the hub will have to be replaced as well, because that will be more expensive. but I'm ready to pay. the noise is over "bearing"

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Catherine,

      It sounds like you may have two different problems. The thump may be brake pad impressions on the rotors and the high pitched squeal could be the wear indicator on the brake pads warning you the pads may need to be replaced soon.

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      Catherine McNamara 

      8 days ago

      I have a 2001 Saturn L200. When slowing car down to a stop there is a noise sounding from right back passenger side? Starts around 15 mph as I slow more the noise gets quieter. Noise sounds a bit high pitch but with a thump? Thank you for your time, Catherine

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      Eddie Carrara 

      13 days ago from New Hampshire

      What can I do for you Rajath?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      13 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elisabeth :)

      I love to hear that my boring articles actually help people lol. I'm so glad you found what you're looking for :) Let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

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      Elizabeth 

      13 days ago

      Woohoo!

      Your site is a breath of fresh air amongst the painful tomes of self-efficacy, laboriously tedious advice and guidance on what, realistically, could be wrong with our 4 wheeled work-horses!

      Thank you. Thank you. And, thank you!

      I now feel confident to go to my garage with a fair idea of what's wrong with my elderly yet still sprightly Merc R170.

      Thank you! You've been bookmarked in Favourites

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      Rajath 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi ,

      My car was involved in collision , my parked car was hit by another SUV from the back, rear portion of the car was badly damaged, right side wheels both front and rear came in contact with with curb,there fresh scratches on the wheel plates, after collision I am hearing a noise from the right side of the car and mechanic confirmed that it is due to wheel bearing issue,but he is not able confirm it is because of collision and due to this insurance company is not ready to cover this up.Please help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Ryan, thanks for coming back. with an update.

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      ryanbalmes 

      4 weeks ago

      Thanks a lot Eddie. You were right. There's a problem with the brake pads.

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      Jessica 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi!

      I have a 2009 volvo s40. I started to notice a loud hum at high speeds that’s gotten increasingly louder, it’s only noticeable from inside the car, It goes away when turning left and there’s s very soft steak when braking. Tires, brakes and rotors are good so I assume it’s the wheel bearing. The hum seems loudest when staying steady at 40mph and only gives a very subtle vibration, nothing insane or scary, The tire doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall off but the roar is so loud now. My dad replaced my axel which has helped but barely as he suspects the bearing as well. I’m going to my parents in three weeks (3 hour drive) so I wanted to ask if you agree it’s the bearing and if it’s safe to drive until I go there and he can replace it?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alex,

      I recommend checking the brake pad thickness of all inner pads. It sounds like your brake pad wear indicator is starting to touch the rotor warning you that your brakes will need replacing soon. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Alex 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi, i replaced my both front bearings around 15 days ago but "sometimes" i can still hear some noises (Cricket noise) specially when i'am in highway. I just wonder what could be the problem? why can i hear that just "sometimes"?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ryan,

      It sounds like something is caught between the rotor and backing plate. I recommend locating the noise and removing the wheel and checking for any signs of rubbing or debris caught between the rotor and backing plate, also check the brake pads while you're in there.

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      ryanbalmes 

      5 weeks ago

      Hello. Last Friday I heard an airplane noise from my car. At first, I thought it was an airplane landing or taking off. Can you tell me what the problem could be? The noise is random and there is no issue when the car is idle.

      https://youtu.be/ut5IMzvnzOE

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nicole,

      Is there any way you could take a video of the noise, upload it to YouTube and send me a link so I can take a listen? There a a lot of things that can clunk when braking because suspension parts want to move forward when applying the brakes and there is a lot of stress on the suspension. The noise could also be coming from the brakes themselves if something is loose.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mel,

      Take a look at your tires for uneven wear. It's weird that the noise is only when braking, did you just have the brakes done? Did the noise start after the brake repair or did you hear it before the work was done?

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      Mel 

      5 weeks ago

      I'm getting a revolution whirring sound coming from the rear of my astra 2003, it's mainly on braking. Ive just had my front & rear brakes overhauled so this is not the problem any ideas, could it be an axle or wheel bearing?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cassie,

      I'm glad I could help, but sad you have to spend the money. It's always good to call around to get a second quote, shop quotes can sometimes vary by hundreds of dollars. BTW, Cassie is my daughters name :)

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      Nicole 

      6 weeks ago

      my rear driver side side makes a louder clunking noise whenever I brake. I’ve taking it to three different mechanics and no one knows what it could be.

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      Cassie 

      6 weeks ago

      I dont have a question but this really helped me diagnose my car! Its going to be an expensive fix for us unfortunately but at least we confirmed what the shop said.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Summer,

      No, a wheel bearing has nothing to do with ride hight, more likely the springs are getting weak and the truck is starting to sag.

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      Summer Gobert 

      8 weeks ago

      Hi I have a 2002 Chevy Silverado and I was told my wheel bearing was bad but I noticed my front end of truck looks like it is sitting a lot lower. Would that be caused from a wheel bearing?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Prashanth, I appreciate the feedback :)

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      prashanth 

      2 months ago

      Very useful.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ryan,

      Check the clearance of the rotor and backing plate all the way around on the side you hear the noise, if it's ok, you may have a pebble or rust stuck between the rotor and backing plate. Let me know what you find.

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      Ryan 

      2 months ago

      My front passenger side has a screeching sound off and on, only when driving, and it doesn't change based on braking or slowing down. It only stops when turning the steering wheel to the right. Nothing obvious is wrong with the breaks or pads, and the boots inside the tire seem to all be fine, with the exception of my inner tie rod boot (but i didn't think that made any screeching noise when driving).

      Is it possible for the bearings to make a screeching instead of a whirring noise? I thought maybe a belt, but why would that stop when turning, and not screech when stopped?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Natalie,

      What you're hearing is not a wheel bearing but it's most likely the brake pad wear indicator warning you your brake are getting low. When you first started to hear it, the indicator was slightly touching the rotor, now it touching completely and the noise is more consistent. Have your brakes checked closely because the inner pad usually has the wear indicator on it, so if the mechanic only checks the outer pad they could miss the problem. Let me know what you find, I'm curious to know if I'm correct or if the other two reply's is correct :) Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maary,

      The clicking is coming from something that is rotating so I recommend checking your tire for anything stuck in it, the rotor and the CV joint boot for any leaking grease. If it is leaking grease, you'll need to have the axle replaced.

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      MAARY IDA HUNT MY AUTOGO TRANSPORT CART 

      2 months ago

      I HAVE AN autogo CART FOR TRANSPO RT OF MYSELF. THE RIGHT WHEEL CLICKS WHEN IN DRIVE I AM UNABLE TO GET CAR TO A GARAGE. WHAT CAN I DO TO CHECK THIS CLICKING PROBLEM. THE FASTER I GO THE MORE IT CLICKS, YOUR SUGGESTIONS MIGHT HELP ME CORRECT THIS PROBLEM

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      Natalie 

      2 months ago

      I posted this question on yahoo answers and two answered that it could be a wheel bearing:

      I have a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. It's a constant faint shrill sound. This has been happening since about three weeks. It used to be on and off while driving but now it's always there while the vehicle is being driven. What could it mean?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Harry,

      No, not likely, With such a slight vibration you could try having the wheels balanced, but you may cause a vibration at a different speed. Let me know what you decide.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Theo,

      Can you describe the noise?

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      Theo Sowah 

      3 months ago

      Why do I hear a noise from one side of my front car when a I take off my leg on the accelerator but stops when I starts speeding?

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      harry anderson 

      3 months ago

      when driving and reach a speed of 70mp there is a slight vibration on the steering wheel nothing below that speed could this be a problem with the wheel bearings

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fran,

      Thank you for your feedback, anytime you have a question, you know where to find me :)

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      Fran 

      3 months ago

      Sitting at dealer now having 2 bearings replaced. Read your very clear and easy to understand article and the noise I was hearing was classic. I am happy to find your site and will put it in my contacts for future reference.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Debi,

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

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      Debi 

      4 months ago

      Thank you! Your article helped me!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Hamdy 

      4 months ago

      thank you .

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Ruby 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abel,

      Thanks for the feedback :)

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      Abel 

      5 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Floyd :)

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      floyd hatchett 

      6 months ago

      good info, great job!

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      Sasa 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Srikanth,

      Is the power steering fluid level ok ?

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      Srikanth 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Luke,

      Yes even rear wheel bearing will change tone when cornering.

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      Luke 

      7 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 

      7 months ago

      I appreciate the clear and easy to understand explanation.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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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