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Old 01-20-2012, 03:41 AM   #1
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Whining from the front end

For the last couple months I've had this whining noise coming from the front end of my car. Originally I thought it was a driver's side wheel bearing, I brought it in, and the garage said I needed a passenger side wheel bearing. They wanted $600, I said

I did buy the bearing and was going to do it myself, but when I finally got it up in the air, there was no play in the wheels, and no change in the noise when doing the whole 'long hard turns' deal.

As far as I can tell:
- It's speed dependant, whining get's louder and faster when speeding up, and the opposite when slowing down.
- It's temperature dependant, the colder it is, the louder it is, and it doesn't really get quieter after I've driven it for 20 or 30 miles.
- It's still there even when the clutch is in.
- Haven't tried taking it out of gear yet, I'll try that on the ride home tonight.

I guess I'm just left with a messed up diff, or pinion bearings, yeah?
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:44 AM   #2
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Thinking about what I just wrote about it being temperature dependant, maybe that's just a coincidence. Back at Thanksgiving I could hear it, but no one else that drove it, or drove with me could. It was always a really really low whine until about 3 weeks ago when we had a decent cold snap and it started getting pretty loud.

Thinking about it now, it's probably just getting worse, and won't magically get quieter or go away when springtime comes around.
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I can hear it pretty clear in this clip, not sure if anyone else can too.
http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/...7/946433ac.mp4
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Jack the front end up and run the engine, you can usually pretty clearly hear if one side or the other is making wheel bearing noise.

We used to jack one front corner up at a time to only spin one wheel, but don't get too crazy with it, it's not great for the diff.

I've never seen any bearings in the trans get that bad, front wheel bearings are really common though.
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i can't get to the clip because something in my browser keeps crashing, post it on youtube and I can take a listen.
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i can't get to the clip because something in my browser keeps crashing, post it on youtube and I can take a listen.
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I think I'm having this same issue. Did you ever come up with an answer?
Thanks!
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You can feel a bad bearing through the coil spring. Place your hand on the spring and spin the wheel quickly. It will reverberate through the spring steel. This works even when the bearing is not yet loud, but not smooth.

A very skilled mechanic taught me this trick. It works everytime.
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I think I'm having this same issue. Did you ever come up with an answer?
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Just saw this...it was the transmission. Total suck.
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