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Old 11-13-2012, 01:58 AM   #1
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Wheel vibration under no load....

First off, I searched and searched and couldn't find the identical problem.

While at any kind of speed, when there is no load of acceleration or braking, just coasting, there is a vibration from the front right wheel. I check the lugs and it's tight... I rotated the wheels and that did nothing...

CV Axle? Wheel bearing?

I'm kinda at a loss on this one...

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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my GUESS would be CV axle... bearings would be a loud growling like noise. what if you switch the front tires side to side? or just simply check the balance on them.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:35 AM   #3
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Possibly lost a weight for the wheel balance? It's funny I had my car in the mud one time and had some mud caked on the inside of one of the wheels. It was enough to throw off the tire balance.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:51 AM   #4
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sounds like a REALLY bad bearing to me. Jack up the front of the car and give the wheels a good shake. They shouldnt move at all side to side or up and down. if they do, you need bearings.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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Replacements hubs aren't too expensive. I'll try that first.
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Jack up the wheel and grasp it at 12 and 6 o'clock try to rock the wheel, if it moves at all the bearing is bad. CV joints will not cause a vibration and wheel bearings don't always make noise when they fail.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:01 PM   #7
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I'd check wheel bearings.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:30 AM   #8
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I jacked it up and there is a bit of movement in the wheel. I already ordered the new wheel bearing. Hopefully the lasts through my 200 mile drive tomorrow.
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