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Old 03-16-2010, 05:32 PM   #1
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Whining noise from front wheels!!!

Okay so whilst I was driving home tonight I noticed a definative whine/ faint hollow but fast tapping noise from what sounds to be coming from the front wheel on drivers side. Sorry for the description but its the best way I can describe it. I can start to hear it approximately 25MPH. I know its nothing to do with engine because it doesnt do it until I drive above that speed. It goes quiet however when driving over the brow of a hill or slope when the weight is off the wheels briefly then continues when the car has settled again. Am I looking at wheel bearings or is it something more than this. I drive a 2003 ST170.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


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Old 03-16-2010, 05:51 PM   #2
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From your description it does point to a bad wheel bearing.

No pulsating or anything right? Just a whine?
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i agree.

Bad wheel bearing or intermediate shaft bearing.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #4
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Sounds like a bearing. I have had 3 replaced so I know lol
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:52 AM   #5
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There is no pulsating. Its just a whining noise. Is it pricy to get wheel bearing done and how do I spot the unserviceable one. Thanks to everyone who has helped so far. There is no knocking on steering btw so CV Joint not the problem. I really hope it isnt a drive shaft too.
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It's pricey and it's hard to pinpoint which one. The noise sometimes seems to come from the opposite side than the bad bearing. If you jack up the wheel and there's any play when you rock the tire back and forth with your hands at the 12 and 6 o'clock position it's usually the bearing.

Sometimes you can also figure out what side it is when going around a turn. The same as the noise going away on the crest of a hill, it will lessen when the weight is off of the inside wheel on a turn. I'm talking on-ramp turn, not a parking lot speed turn here.

So if you are curving right and the noise lessens, it's probably the right bearing, or left for left etc.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:24 PM   #7
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I hate cars so much. I had the car in the air this morning and every wheel was rock solid. You wouldnt believe the bloody noise was almost silent today whilst driving to and from work as well. I have booked car in anyway to get a pro to do the diagnosing for me. Bottom line is that a wheel bearing replacement is not going to cost me the earth so not too bad unless they find another pricey fault. Cheers for all the help again.
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