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03-28-2013 12:12 AM
brumar59 I'm definitely going to check the bushings on my sway bar. Thanks for the idea!
03-27-2013 11:56 PM
jvert I had a similar issue with my svt focus. It ended up being my front sway bar bushings. Replaced and now all vibrations are gone. I too changed my sway bar links.
03-27-2013 12:54 PM
bile0026 Again, I would say its probably that axle and it has most likely taken out the bearing by now. I would start there with replacing the axle and bearing.

Groaning brakes can be a number of things including glazed pads (from overheating), improperly broken in brakes, uneven mating surfaces (grooved rotors or pads), and glazed/overheated/heatchecked rotors. Noise in brakes is almost always caused by a vibration. Usually the higher pitched the groan or squeal the faster the vibration. For example if your pads are slipping and grabbing they can groan because of the "vibration" from slipping and grabbing.
03-27-2013 12:32 PM
brumar59 I also have a lot of moaning and low-pitch creaking going on when I break, more when I nearly come to a stop. At first I thought it was just the front driver's side, but it's both sides. Again, my vibration is coming from the front passenger side but I have no idea of the break noise and vibrations are related or just happen to be two different issues. The break noises started some time after the vibrations, so I think they are separate issues (maybe I have cheap pads or excessive break dust?!).
03-27-2013 12:29 PM
brumar59 I'm still torn if the vibration is from the axle or the wheel bearing. I have yet to rotate my wheels to see if anything changes and hopefully rules out the tires themselves as causing the vibration, but if it were the tires, I would think they would make the car vibrate at all times (obviously more at higher speeds) but the vibration changes as I turn my wheels to the left or right.
03-27-2013 12:27 PM
brumar59 Over the weekend, I was ripping around turns and going in circles in an open lot, forward and backward, trying to get my CV joint to click like it did in the past but I got nothing. The other thing I noticed when I was initially hand-checking the tire for wheel bearing play is that as I rotate my tire, the break pads drag on the rotor at a certain point as if the bearing isn't spinning true. I don't think the rotor is warped since it's still pretty thick and in good shape; relatively smooth and all. Could the wobble in my axle I noticed be caused by a wheel bearing if the bearing is somehow messed up or other wise not spinning true?
03-27-2013 12:22 PM
brumar59 Thank You sailor
03-24-2013 05:32 PM
sailor For Extra "looks" & responses, I'm going to move this over to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension for you !
03-22-2013 06:35 PM
Steve O Yes, pull the outer cv out and spin it(, unless you can get it up on a lift in gear). If you leave the tire on the mass will help it spin. If you had an axle not spinning true you can almost bet it took the bearing with it.
03-22-2013 04:51 PM
brumar59 I tried to get an audio clip of the exact noise but there's a lot of interior vibration because of my problem, so it's not very clear.

Steve O, when you say pull the CV out, do you mean disconnect the axle from the wheel hub and spin the hub? Or something else? Just want to be clear on your suggestion. Thanks.

As I have mentioned, I noticed the axle doesn't appear to spin true, it has a slight wobble on the half-shaft just before the boot at the back of the wheel hub and the wheel feels solid as far as the wheel bearings go, but ya never know. If it's any part of the axle causing this (CV joint, bent axle, carrier bearing, etc) I'll just replace the whole axle at a cost of about $65, no biggie. But if it's the wheel bearing, I haven't noticed it to be bad in any way I can detect. The main reason I suspect it's the axle is because of the wobble I have seen and the CV joint clicking I have heard on occasions. I've been trying to whip around left turns to try and make the sound come back just to confirm, but haven't been able to yet.

Additional suggestions are very welcome! Thanks guys.
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