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.

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 10 days 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 10 days 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 11 days 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 2 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

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

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      James 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Andrew,

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

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      Andrew Gonzalez 7 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie.

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

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks 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 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Susie,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 2 months ago

      Bro!!!.. What a post.

      So detailed and helpful.

      You saved me a lot of money

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      Susie Campbell 2 months ago

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

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      Javid 2 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 2 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 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK, Nicky,

      Keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

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      Nicky 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      Joy 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jb,

      It all depends on how the new part is manufactured, some come with a new hub, some come bearing only.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      It's not uncommon to have a wheel bearing fail that soon, but it should still be under warranty. 5/60 powertrain.

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      john 2 months ago

      thanks Scott for your help Ill take it to a garage have it checked it just started while driving on the hiway its a 2015 accord bought new less than 2 years old should that really happen on a 2 year old car john Thanks again

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      Jb 2 months ago

      Does the hub usually need to be replaced too

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      Kelly 2 months ago

      I had an accident about a year and a half ago that consisted of direct impact to my front drivers side wheel. Since then, I have had to replace that wheel bearing and hub 2 times. It doesn’t make a typical sound like in the video... both times it makes a squealing/squeaky sound at low speeds. They are telling me both times the bearing rusted out from water getting in it. I’ve tried to tell them that something is wrong with the car for this to happen 2x in such s short period of time, but they aren’t listening to me and aren’t giving me a reason as to why it’s happening, other than to ask me if I have a cat or park next to sprinklers (no on both). Advice?

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      Jackie harris 2 months ago

      What will happen when it goes out?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Scott,

      It seems to me like it would be a left wheel bearing. I know the impact was on the right, but there must have been a lot of force on the LF wheel as well. When you turn right slightly it puts weight on the left wheel bearing, when you turn left the weight lifts off the left wheel bearing. I'm surprised the mechanic didn't put a stethoscope on the bearings while spinning the wheels on the lift to pinpoint the noise. I recommend replacing the LF wheel bearing. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lynette, Either a stone or maybe the brake pad wear indicator hitting the rotor warning you that the pads are getting low. I recommend having them checked by a reputable mechanic.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Peter :)

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      Scott Brack 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I'm kind of at the end of my rope except to take the car to the Nissan dealership, hope you have some insight on this question. I hope this isn't too long but want to give you the background of the car. It's a 2016 Nissan Altima with 38,000 miles and has a rebuilt title. It sustained a front passenger impact on the fender, requiring a new fender, hood and front bumper, with no airbag deployment. The hit was hard enough it did bend the control arm which was replaced. My issue is a noise that appears at about 50 miles an hour, a hum that gets worse on a slight right hand turns but basically goes away on the slight left-hand turns. The noise basically goes away altogether above 60 miles an hour. The car has brand new wheels and tires and was aligned with no issue, and the noise was there before we replaced these as well. The shop diagnosed and replaced the front right wheel bearing. The noise did not go away, we are stumped. I have actually driven about 1500 miles since buying the car, and the noise seems to be the same and not getting worse, which also has a stumped. The noise also kind of oscillates when in the turn, getting louder and softer every couple seconds.d Power steering fluid is full. Any other ideas what we ncheck??

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      lynette 2 months ago

      There is squeaking noise in my front left wheel.It stops wen i brake and i thort it was a wheel bearing.It is not consistent, sometimes louder than others, could it be a stone in the wheel maybe? Thanks

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      Peter 2 months ago

      Thank you for explanation about wheel bearing. It was useful. You experience is greatly appreciated. And it is free.

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      Lisa 3 months ago

      Had to take my car back to shop 9 times following new brake job and brakes still squeak. They finally resolved the front brakes by replacing their cheap brand of shoes and rotors with OEM parts. Back brakes squeak while at the tail end of a slow stop. Don’t know if it makes a difference, but it is a very high pitch violin type of squeak. It doesn’t squeak if stopping fast or fairly hard. They have replaced the pads, cleaned and adjusted twice now. They also machined the drums once. Did not work. Now they want me to buy new drums. I already have $800 in these squeaky brakes and I no longer trust them. Could there be something else wrong with it causing the brakes to squeak? I recently had a front wheel bearing replaced so wondering if the rear could also be bad even though I do not hear the same bearing type noise. Recently had my tires inspected and the right rear tire is wearing even, but faster than the left. 7 32 vs 6 32. Not sure if squeak is from both rear, but definitely the left rear as I was standing right by it when they test drove it.

      Please help. I am pretty desperate right now.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      No, the ABS light is controlled by a sensor and a pickup. Some vehicles pickup ring is located on the wheel bearing and some on the hub or axle. The noise you're describing does sound like a wheel bearing, and sometimes it's just internal damage and the wheel bearing will feel tight.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cyn,

      Has the same mechanic been replacing the wheel bearing? If so, find a new mechanic. It's very unusual for a wheel bearing to fail in that shot of time unless it was installed wrong. Let me know, thanks.

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      Melissa 3 months ago

      I have a loud, almost like a plane is ready for take off sound inside my car. My car only has 49,000 miles and is a 2012 Altima. Based on what I've researched, it sounds like it may be my wheel bearings. It does let up a little when I turn left. I did jack up each end and checked the tires for play - nothing. However, when I turn them, they do have a rubbing sound. Wouldn't my ABS light come on if my wheel bearings are bad? HELP! THANKS!

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      WheelScene 4 months ago from U.S.A.

      Don't forget the wheel speed sensor for ABS and stability control. They are often one piece so if that goes you need to do a wheel bearing also!

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      Cyn 4 months ago

      I have a 2006 maxima and my right front tire bearing is going again for the 3rd time now in 10 months!!! why does this keep happening? what is the cheapest way to fix this problem and my tires in the front are getting uneven now, its only been about 3 weeks and im still driving on it because it cost so much

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Excellent!

      Thanks for coming back with an update Spencer, I really appreciate it :)

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      Spencer 4 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      It was the driver side wheel bearing. They replaced it. Drives a whole lot better. Glad to be done with it. Thanks for your help!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alex,

      Good question. Wheel usually get hot from braking, and they can get extremely hot depending on how much braking is done and at what speeds, but like you stated, it could also be a worn bearing. I recommend having someone check for a sticking caliper on that side and also check to see if the bearing on that side is what is causing your noise. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Spencer,

      Most likely it the right front wheel bearing because when you turn left lightly, you put more weight and pressure on that bearing. This is a guess on my part without hearing the noise, so have someone check it before you spend money replacing it. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Thelma,

      the average wheel bearing takes about 2 hours, but times can vary due to the type of vehicle and location.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Eva,

      Do you know the code? It sounds like maybe the transmission torque converter, but you said it has something to do with fuel? Check your transmission fluid level and condition first and let me know if you have the code, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jag,

      What is the reason for needing another wheel bearing? Is it noisy? Is there play in the hub? No, air pressure and tire condition will not cause damage to a wheel bearing, but a worn or loose wheel bearing can cause abnormal tire wear.

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      Alex 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My Accord has always had lots of road noise especially while on the highway, but it seems to be louder than normal recently. My tires need to be replaced, but they still have some tread. Regardless, I'm getting them replaced in a couple days. However, I noticed that my drivers side front wheel is hot to the touch after about a 20 minute drive. I can't keep my hand on it for more than about 5 seconds. The front passenger side is also hot but not as bad. The rotors look okay. There are no deep grooves inside or out. I installed new calipers, rotors and pads in the front about a year ago so I don't think it's the breaks. Is the temperature of the wheel a good indication I have bad bearings? I don't really drive like a maniac, but I have no idea how warm the wheels are supposed to be after a short drive like that.

      Thanks,

      Alex

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      Spencer 4 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      So I had the cupped tires replaced, but the noise is still there. It's not as loud, but still has all the same characteristics. Seems to be louder when turning the steering wheel to the left, and is dampened by applying the brakes.

      Any thoughts? Does this mean it's automatically the bearings? I have not noticed much vibration.

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      Thelma 4 months ago

      Great explanation and helps me to diagnosis in my car.

      How lon does it take it to repair.

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      Eva Beard 4 months ago

      The problem I have does not happen all the time. At times when taking off, car will shake and vibrate so hard you think it was going to fly apart. Machanecs put it on machine, and said code was pertaining to gas flow. It did not pin point, so I could not afford to have all the parts replaced. I have had two bearings replaced already. When I give it gas shaking, vibration and roaring is scary.

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      JAG 4 months ago

      Hi i have hyundai sonata 2002 i replace my front left wheel bearing before 2-3 months ago now i just been to get service my car and the mechanic said you need another front right wheel bearing whats the reason for that and also is there any connection with air pressure in tyre or tyre conditions???

      can you help me please ?

      thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Angie,

      The chirping noise sounds like your brake pad wear indicator is starting to hit the rotor warning you the pads are getting low. They should have looked at your brakes when they had the wheels off, and also they should have road tested the vehicle before returning it to you to verify the noise is gone. I would bring it back to them ASAP and give them a hard time, I recommend you go straight to the service manager. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Patricia :) let me know if you have any other questions.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      The parts will be cheap, about $40- $60, it's the labor that will cost the most. Most likely you have a 4wheel drive and it's usually more expensive for labor because there are more parts to disassemble. The labor cost will be between 2 - 6 hours labor. If you tell me the year make and model trim level and which bearing I can look up the flat rate time in the Mitchel book.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Spencer,

      If the tires are worn uneven and you start to hear the noise at about 10 mph, most likely the noise is caused by your tires, if the noise starts at about 25 mph, it could be a bearing noise you're hearing. I recommend replacing the tires first, even if you can swap a pair off a friends car to see if the noise goes away. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Spencer 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I'm trying to figure out what is producing the noise in my 2012 honda accord. I know I have some cupped tires, but the noise is dampened when the brakes are applied. I have been debating whether to take this to a tire place or the regular mechanic to have the wheel bearings checked.

      Or does the fact that applying the brakes dampens the noise mean its something else all together?

      Please help!

      Thanks

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      Angie 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie. Thank you for sharing your wealth of information! My daughter has a 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid that we purchased 6 months ago. Since then, we have had to put new tires on it, replace the transmission, replace the oil pump and have the right front wheel bearing replaced. I picked up the car about an hour ago (after having the wheel bearing replaced) and it's now making a loud chirping noise on the driver side of the car. (sounds like a bird or cricket chirping) Any idea what that could be?

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      Patricia 4 months ago

      I think this is the problem I am currently having. I appreciate feeling I have some info before taking the car in to be serviced. Thank you

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      Sam S. 4 months ago

      How much would a wheel bearing cost to fix? (An average estimate) I have a fairly old Ford Explorer

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      Daisy 4 months ago

      Hi, i recently had my front passenger side wheel bearing replaced and it now starts to making an odd noise, there is also a loud squeal noise that only appears when i reverse, that noise wasn't there before until the wheel bearing was replaced. Is it normal? Does it take time for the wheel bearing to adjust or is something wrong

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      Vickie 4 months ago

      That was very helpful and that's what it sounds like coming from right front tire it just started in the last week would it hurt putting it off till next month and can you give me an idea what parts might cost I have a friend who might be able to fix it thank you

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      Lynne 4 months ago

      Great information! I have a new car with very low mileage but recently keep hearing a low pitch drone sound (like when you go over the lane strip on a highway). It is not very noticeable at speeds of 25-30, but gets louder (but does not change pitch) the faster I go. I can also hear it now every time I break slowly. It is the same sound. Mechanic says it is normal, but I drove 3 other identical cars and none had the drone sound. It seems to be coming from the drivers side. Could it be the axle, or wheel bearing, or transmission? thanks.

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      Rossina 4 months ago

      Also, the tires were purchased at a different place from the dealer. The dealer took care of the bearings. I had to take the car back after the front were done because the noise was getting worse. And then they found the rear were bad too.

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      Rossina 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      They ended up replacing all four bearings. Luckily it was all under warranty. The car had 51000 miles on it. There is still some road noise but they say it is due to the tires. Not sure if I believe it. I am taking it to have the brakes checked.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rosina,

      No new tires will not cause wheel bearing failure, and it is very unusual for all wheel bearings to fail at the same time. After the repairs are done could you update me on what the mechanic actually replaced? I'm just very curious if they replaced all 4, thanks.

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      Rosina 4 months ago

      Great article! I recently had 4 new tires put on my AWD MDX. Ten days later I started hearing road noise which turned out to be a bad front bearing, now all seem to be bad. Luckily still under warranty. Could the bearings have gone bad from getting new tires?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Martha,

      It's possible, it all depends on what you had done to the brakes and what was taken apart during the repair. If the bearing was removed from the vehicle to perform the brake job, then is it very possible it's a man made problem.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daisy,

      Is the check engine light on? Does the engine sputter or bucking when you have lack of power? It sounds like your catalytic converter may be getting clogged. I recommend taking it back to the mechanic for the knocking noise, they may have left something loose. Let me know what they find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it :)