[DML] Re: Bad bearing or...?
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[DML] Re: Bad bearing or...?

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Dani B" <5n-@xxxx> wrote:
> Whenever I drive my car, I get this roar coming from the
> underneith/outside. It would sound as if I had some hardcore knobies
> installed and driving 80 with them on pavement. It is very loud when
> driving a straight line, and it seems to disappear when steering to
> the right WHILE driving; not a slow turn. Steering left renders no
> change in noise, or maybe slightly louder, its hard to tell. I can't
> even determine if it is coming from the front or from the rear.
> Before-it wasn't so bad, but now it makes my car vibrate sometimes- I
> thought it would be a loose bearing, so I shook my wheels to see if
> anything would move irregularly-came up with nothing unusual. How
> would I determing which bearing
> this is without tearing down each carrier? Is there anything else I
> should
> be looking at that would cause these same symptoms? Thank you all for
> your past and future responses! Dani B. #5003

Hi Dani,

Actually, changing the wheel bearings isn't that big of a deal, at
least for the front wheels.  I did mine and just removed the brake
caliper assembly, leaving the lines connected and hung them with wire
up out of the way. Then I removed the whole wheel and rotor assembly
from the spindle and took it to a shop and had them press in the new
bearings.  When putting it back on, just remember to torque that nut
to the proper amount.  The front bearings were about 35 dollars apiece
from the vendors, so the're not that expensive.  The car is 23 years
old anyway, so it wouldn't hurt to put new ones on.  Try that and see
if that cures the noise.  I hate the thought of a wheel bearing
seizing up at 75mph.  Just my thoughts...

Richard Rowe
Vin 5853

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