Question about Hyundai Motor 1999 Elantra
A growling (humming) sound from the front wheels area starts around 20 km speed and gets a little bit louder as speed increases.
However, at higher speed (90+ km) it sounds less loud!
When a car is going straight or turning left , this noise is there, however while turning right this noise completely disappear.
There is no any kind of vibration, shaking, pulling on the steering wheel.
Thought maybe it is coming from old, worn, unbalanced tires.... after replaced tires with brand new ones, the noise is still there !
Please let me know possible cause, is it possible to do a DIY repair, if not, how expensive would be at the service.
You have a bad front wheel bearing on the left side because you say when you turn right the noise goes away, because when you turn right the suspension lifts up on the opposite side and releives some weight on the bearing causing it to quiet down. No it is NOT a DIY repair unless you have some pretty extensive tools. the quickest easiest and least expensive way to fix this is to go to a wrecking yard and buy a steering knuckle for the left. it will have a wheel bearing already pressed into it and all you have to do is replace the whole thing and you are done. do not open any brake lines or hoses to do this job just gently press the brake caliper piston back about 1/2" so it will fit over the brake pads when you reinstall.
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Posted on Sep 17, 2008
You have a worn right front wheel bearing - all your symptoms are classic signs of wheel bearing failure. You'll likely need a 6-8 ton shop press to replace it. Dropping your car off for the work and picking it up completed can run you $250-300, but many places will charge only $30 or so if you remove the spindle (which houses the bearing) and bring it to them, so they only have to press out the bearing and install the new one.
Posted on Sep 17, 2008
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