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My buddy has a wheel-bearing type noise in the front. When you make a left turn it diminishes or even goes away. Driving straight or turning right, there's no change. My old-school shade-tree knowledge says this would be coming from the left front hub. We replaced it yesterday, but the noise is still there. Do the old rules not apply to FWD? Could it actually be coming from a CV joint in the axle shaft?

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When I have had to replace those they also had a bit more play in them that you can feel. I would just replace the other side though as a matter of course.

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We jacked up the passenger side and rotated the wheel and it didn't make any noise or feel rough at all, but that may simply have been because of the low speed and no load on it. He can't have the vehicle down any longer as it's his only transport, so he's taking it to the dealer tomorrow. I was just disappointed because it seems we replaced the wrong side on my say-so, and was wondering if the old troubleshooting methods simply don't apply to FWD cars.

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We jacked up the passenger side and rotated the wheel and it didn't make any noise or feel rough at all, but that may simply have been because of the low speed and no load on it. He can't have the vehicle down any longer as it's his only transport, so he's taking it to the dealer tomorrow. I was just disappointed because it seems we replaced the wrong side on my say-so, and was wondering if the old troubleshooting methods simply don't apply to FWD cars.
Bit late but old school.
Jack up both sides, remove wheels and rotors.
Chock rear.
Start and put in gear, so axles will be turning.
Use a long screw driver to the ear and end on bearing area and listen. Should just jump out at you.

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Thanks, chartmaker.

A member of my buddy's church group is a professional mechanic and he went for a ride in the car and immediately proclaimed it to be the passenger-side hub. I was afraid it might be a CV joint in the half-shaft, but he said they make a totally different sound and feel than a bad hub. He also said the same thing as chartmaker, so I guess my old troubleshooting skills are not valid for FWD after all. C'est la guerre.

For the record, we were able to get the driver's side done without disconnecting the ball joint or the tie-rod. The axle shaft almost didn't even need the puller...I was able to turn the threaded rod of the puller by hand and the axle slid out easily. The only real issue was getting the hub out of the spindle. Finally bought a propane torch and heated the spindle area around the hub and we were able to bash it and pry it out.

Doing the passenger side this weekend...crossed fingers.

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