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Old 08-04-2006, 08:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As soon as I being accelerating from a stop, I hear a front rotational noise which increases with speed. It vibrates my rear view mirror. It is quite loud. Everyone who rides in the car with me says it sounds like something is apart to fall off. I rotated the wheels from front to back and it didn't make a difference. I also replace the front brake rotors and pads. It didn't make any difference. I tried grabbing each wheel and pulling towards me and away from me but there wasn't much if any play at all. I also tried moving the wheel from left to right and vice versa but there wasn't much play there either. Sometimes when I am making a sharp turn, I'll hear a different noise. The car has 185K miles on it.
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A noise during slow, sharp turns may indicate CV joint failure. I normally wouldn't mention this except that your car has so many miles so it may be a factor.

I would have the car looked at immediately. If you are getting noise at low speeds it's not a wheel balance problem, and if rotating the wheels didn't make any change, it's not a bent rim.

Best case, you badly need an alignment. Worse case--and this is my guess--you need some suspension work. If you have a dying ball joint or tie rod end, you need to get it fixed ASAP, and if it's shaking your rearview mirror, I wouldn't drive in that car except slowly to the repair shop.
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Old 08-04-2006, 01:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My money is on a wheel bearing. If it were a CV joint gone bad it would make more of a snapping or popping noise. A wheel bearing will make a sort of humming noise and will increase as speed increase and also change noise when making turns.
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Yeah I would say either the Wheel bearings or a bad Strut this also causes vibration in higher speeds.
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Originally posted by the_intimidator_02@Aug 4 2006, 01:54 PM
My money is on a wheel bearing. If it were a CV joint gone bad it would make more of a snapping or popping noise. A wheel bearing will make a sort of humming noise and will increase as speed increase and also change noise when making turns.
Normally I would agree, but I'm more concerned if the rearview mirror can be seen shaking.

Either way, a failing wheel bearing, ball joint, or tie rod is extremely dangerous.
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