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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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intermittent wheel bearing noise?

About a month ago I got a very loud hum with a slight thump to it. It lasted all of 3 minutes and was gone till the other day. This time it lasted longer, but once I parked and came back, gone. It was also a bit of a different sound, smoother rumble like hum. Do I have a wheel bearing going out? Never had one be so random before.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 05:09 PM
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You could have a damaged CV gaiter and it could be a bit of dirt getting into your CV joint.

Can you jack the car up and spin the wheels one at a time?
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Which axle, front or rear?

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Its in the front. It did it a little only on the way to work today, not on the way home at all. If its making the sound, when braking the steering wheel will shake. This car only has 57k on it. Something with my brakes failing? It really sounds like a wheel bearing but I've never had one intermittent like this. Also the sound started getting VERY violent if I try to go 60mph or up.


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A friend had something like this happen with a Mazda with no-so-tight lugnuts.

It's worth a shot.

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I have checked that hoping I just had a lose wheel somehow.


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Its in the front. It did it a little only on the way to work today, not on the way home at all. If its making the sound, when braking the steering wheel will shake. This car only has 57k on it. Something with my brakes failing? It really sounds like a wheel bearing but I've never had one intermittent like this. Also the sound started getting VERY violent if I try to go 60mph or up.
I would check the brakes right away. Typically if the wheel shakes when braking then a front rotor is warped or severely rusted.
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I just had the rotors turned in the spring for the 1st time to fix warp. But even if it was a warped rotor, it would always do it. I drive to work and back today and didn't have a single issue, 15mile drive one way, speeds up to 60ish.. So random.


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Could your hub nut be loose?

I'd jack it up and spin the wheel and give everything a good shake, you might find something loose.
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Fixed, was a front caliper sticking of all things. After driving for a bit it would get hot enough and start chattering to make the sound.


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