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Old 03-23-2003, 01:02 AM   #1
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i took the tire off today and checked it out and i have no idea. i thought it might be suspension realted sonce it slows down when i slow down. it is very loud and getting vry scary.

i got new tires on it around christmas and the guy said i need ball jpints or boots on the other side but this side was fine... which i have to disagree with after looking at it today YIKES!

what is that rattling noise? it sounds like a rock rolling around in the 'so called' hub cap and someother rumbling noises as well.
any suggestins???
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I can't say for sure, but it could possibly be a wheel bearing. Those generally make a growling noise when they go.

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sounds like a wheel bearing to me also, which would also tie in to the abs problem you are having. the bearing may be noisey enough to be inducing stray a/c voltage into the wheel speed sensor, causing the ebcm to think that wheel is turning faster/slower than it really is.
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well guess what? i found the problem. i took the tire off looked around, shook around and noticed that my calipers was loose enough to rattel around.

i wasnt sure if that was normal so i looked at the other caliper and discovered that the rubber bushings/ rings (?) that go inside the bolt/pin sleeve were missing along with the rubber dust seal on the bolt/pin head.

it took me three parts stores and a wrong part but finally i got some great help at napa. they looked up all kinds of options since the 90 bonneville (which i have) part didnt fit and showed them to me on the comp and finally i found it.
3.99 (with a friends account discount).

the noise is gone! sounds like a new car its great except for one thing..... now it is so quiet i can hear the slight clunk on the other side.

oh well, sorry for the rambling.
thanks for your help. it was a very strange thing.
you all encouraged me to get in there and check it out and now shes good to go!

i also scored that damn tiny little rear bumber reflector ive been missing for years.
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well guess what? i found the problem. i took the tire off looked around, shook around and noticed that my calipers was loose enough to rattel around.

i wasnt sure if that was normal so i looked at the other caliper and discovered that the rubber bushings/ rings (?) that go inside the bolt/pin sleeve were missing along with the rubber dust seal on the bolt/pin head.

it took me three parts stores and a wrong part but finally i got some great help at napa. they looked up all kinds of options since the 90 bonneville (which i have) part didnt fit and showed them to me on the comp and finally i found it.
3.99 (with a friends account discount).

the noise is gone! sounds like a new car its great except for one thing..... now it is so quiet i can hear the slight clunk on the other side.

oh well, sorry for the rambling.
thanks for your help. it was a very strange thing.
you all encouraged me to get in there and check it out and now shes good to go!

i also scored that damn tiny little rear bumber reflector ive been missing for years.
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