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Old 11-17-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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Noise/Vibration on right turn

Ok, so at a slow speed (~15mph) right turn, I get a noise/vibration that sounds like it is coming from the front right wheel, but it is difficult to know for sure. The more the gas pedal application the greater the event.

Same speed and degree of left turn and all feels/sounds solid. I also hear/feel this same thing when going straight and going over a bump.

I have about 90k on the clock with plenty of city miles on my '01 ZX3.

My best guess is the front right wheel bearing is going out, or maybe the drive axle/hub nut is not torqued properly.

Is it possible that the passenger motor mount is bad and causing this when weight is shifted off of it?

ANY VOTES? Thanks for any help!


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Old 11-18-2009, 06:35 AM   #2
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CV joint?
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:41 AM   #3
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Money is in a rotten bearing CV's usually clatter or go click click click when turning
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:27 AM   #4
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Find a big empty parking lot & go thru some slow turns with it.. All the way left for a full circle at just a couple mph's , then all the way right. Clicking/clunking, etc., will more than likely show up & will probably be CV joint.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:46 AM   #5
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Well if youre turning right, its your left bearing that is probably bad, as all the weight would be transferred to the left side. It can be difficult to trace the noise, especially when the bearings initially start to wear out. Mine started doing the same thing a few months ago and has progressively gotten worse. At first I thought it was the front right bearing, but as it gets louder over time, I can tell its the left front bearing thats on its way out the door.
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I do not believe it is a CV joint as the boots look fine, and I do not hear the classic clicking, clunking at all. I am definitely leaning more towards a wheel bearing. I do have a Haynes, but it is not with me at present, are the front wheel bearings crazy hard to replace?

Also, is this one of things that you just replace both sides for good measure?

I do still need to spend a little more parking lot time and try to get a little more precision on the symptoms.
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I doubt it's a bearing, bearings get noisier at higher speeds and still make a noise when going in a straight line, they also get louder depending which way you turn
Probably a cv joint
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I doubt it's a bearing, bearings get noisier at higher speeds and still make a noise when going in a straight line, they also get louder depending which way you turn
Probably a cv joint
Well, his car gets louder with more acceleration and makes more noise when turning right. Not all bad bearings make noise while going in a straight line. Mine only makes noise when turning right because the load is on the left bearing. Once the wheel is straightened out, its virtually inaudible.
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I thought CV joints typically or maybe always made that clicking noise when they go bad. Maybe cars or rather different CV joint/half-shaft designs are different though, I am not sure.

And yes it does get louder with more acceleration and more speed while turning right, 0 - 30mph. above 30mph turns will tend to be more gradual. Left turns are fine at any speed or acceleration.

The second symptom is that is also makes noise while going straight at the low point of a bump or dip, when there is maximum weight momentarily in the front, as the suspension is compressing. I do not get the feeling that this is suspension related though.

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Old 11-18-2009, 04:58 PM   #10
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my syntoms are the same but it also does it in park when i start it in the morning when the car is cold, and it fades away after 5 or 10 miles of driving
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