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Old 07-27-2011, 03:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suspension problem. Wheel Bearing?

I have a lot of road vibration and noise from the left front wheel. When I slightly turn to the left, like when changing lanes, the ride becomes perfectly smooth. Turning slightly to the right causes it to get only slighty worse. My thoughts are that it could possibly be a wheel bearing but I am no mechanic. Any suggestions? Thank you.
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Road vibration and noise from the left front wheel have any other problems
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Hmmm... could be a shot bearing... I would go for the Strutt(s) TBH !
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I had a similar problem and it was the lower ball-joint. Jack up the car and see if the wheel will wriggle. If it does, peek in behind and try to see which part has all the slack, it should be obvious if its a ball-joint or tie-rod end as you will see the hub move but not the joint/rod. If both are solid and it still wriggles it might be your wheel bearing, try spinning it by hand and feeling for resistance/grinding.
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