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Old 03-27-2013, 12:22 PM   #11
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:27 PM   #12
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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?
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:32 PM   #14
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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?!).
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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.
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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.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:12 AM   #17
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I'm definitely going to check the bushings on my sway bar. Thanks for the idea!
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