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Old 10-31-2006, 03:15 PM   #1
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I replaced a tie rod on my driver side after the car had only 58k miles. (rather odd since I see them typically last 100k plus) The wheel no longer seemed loose, but I occasionally hear a moaning that echos throughout, so hard to determine exactly where it is coming from? When I try to get someone to listen from the outside, there is no moaning sounds. I'm only thinking it is the front wheel bearing because it is a common problem apparently and the fact the tie rod went bad. (the first owner was a female - so we know potholes were not something to avoid)
Did anyone else have a combination tie rod and wheel bearing problem? Anyone have an idea whether it may be something else?
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yup I had it show up the same way. After the tire shop fixed the drivers side tie rod I began to notice a hum after a while it got allot louder most obvious between 30-50 mph. one way to help see if it is a hub is notice if and how the sound chages in a corner knowing when the sound goes away will help determine which hub it is. another thing is once it gets bad enough the wheel speed sensor in the hub will possibly fail and tell you to service the stabillity system on the DIC.
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Actually, it does not make the moaning type sound at speed, usually it does it with only slight movements of the car or with weight transfers at less than 5 mph. My only other thought was maybe a strut mount?
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My passenger side, needs changed now , changed front driver side 4 months ago both make a moaning sound that goes with speed - higher pitch moan as I pick up speed and when I decelerate the moan pitch starts to drop with speed.Ill change it soon.It is hard to tell which hub though as it almost sounds like it could be either side.
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Lost my ties about 50K. My '92 bonne went about 150K before tie rods got a little loose. No wheel bearing problems yet at 81K.
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an old mechanics trick to find a rough wheel bearing that works just about everytime is this..raise the wheel that you suspect has the bad bearing,,say a front one,,put the trans in neutral and while turning the wheel with your hand lightly touch the strut spring..sometimes having two people to do this helps...one turning the wheel and the other "feeling" the strut spring,,,the roughness in the wheel bearing will be amplified many times in the strut spring,,,we have used this method for years at our shop and it has never let us down..hth...brad
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Actually, it does not make the moaning type sound at speed, usually it does it with only slight movements of the car or with weight transfers at less than 5 mph. My only other thought was maybe a strut mount?
Our 03 Had a strut mount binding. But it made a thwong sound as it let go. You can have someone turn the steering wheel while stationary. Put your hand on the spring and you'll feel the vibration as the strut mount binds up and lets go. Park on some surface that easy to turn the wheel on like grass-not asphalt or concrete.
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Tie-rods were bad on mine about 50k miles, and my friend'* about 75k. My bearings have not been an issue yet, but chasing it down on my friend'* was an experience. Gave all the symptoms of a bad left hub. Replaced it, and the noise was still there. Replacing the right, made the noise go away.
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Tie-rods were bad on mine about 50k miles, and my friend'* about 75k. My bearings have not been an issue yet, but chasing it down on my friend'* was an experience. Gave all the symptoms of a bad left hub. Replaced it, and the noise was still there. Replacing the right, made the noise go away.
Interesting because I when replaced my left front hub assembly due to noise during a right hand turn, it didn't solve the problem. I just ordered another hub assembly so I can do the right side so we'll see what happens.
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