I have a broken down ford contour 1998 i dont know if it will help but when you replace the bearings you have to replace both at the same time or it will end up making the same noise again. go to the parts store, and get TWO bearings. replace them and it should fix the problem.
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Looks like it's time for a right wheel bearing, or however many there are in the hub. I'm assuming you do not have a 4 wheel drive. Remember, if it makes noise when turning left, you are "loading" the right wheel bearing. ( Shifting more weight to the side inside your turn). Think this way. When turning left at a higher speed, the left tire might even come up off the ground! That puts all the weight on the right. If you've 4 wheel drive, could also be c.v. joints, or universal joints.
If you here a roaring noise in your front wheel and when you turn one way or the other and it stops. then your gonna be looking at changing your wheel bearing ( hub assembly ) , but how do you know which one to change. Well when driving down the road, move steering wheel back and forth easy, which ever way you turn the wheel and the noise stops that is which side is bad.
Example : your driving alone and you turn your wheel to the right and the noise goes away, then it's your right wheel bearing ( hub assembly ).if you turn to the left and the noise stops, then it's your left wheel bearing ( hub assembly ).
A bad wheel bearing noise will normally increase or roar loader with car speed but depends on how bad it is. If you turn momentary to the left or right while driving down the road say above 30 mph, the noise will change pitch either gettin loader or quieter. Locating the correct bearing to change can be tricky because sometimes it may sound like the left bearing but it can be the right. The best thing to do is to jack the car up on jackstands and get the wheels spinning and while spinning prob the hub area on the back side of the wheel with a mechanics stethoscope to pick up the sound. Placing the plastic end of a long screw driver against the ear while probing the inner hub with the other end works equally well for locating bearing noise. Compare the noise heard while spinning and the noisy one is the bad bearing. Do not spin the wheels fast while on jack stands or it could cause damage to the halfshafts (cv joints). Spinning the back wheels with be hard to do since there is no poweer to them. If they are bad enough, they will still make noise while someone is spinning them by hand. Most shops have a device for spinning the wheels.
This could be worn brakes in that wheel or may be a bad wheel bearing.
The best thing to do is remove the wheel and check the brakes, worn brakes will make noise when low. with the wheel lifted off the ground check for loose bearings by grabbing the wheel top and bottomand check for movement. to much play means bad bearing.
The last thing is rust or dirt and even a broken brake hardware spring will make noise. take a look ,remove the wheel . good day.
most of the time when there is a humming noise other then a brake noise you have a wheel bearing bad the best way to tell if it is a wheel bearing making noise is while you are driving down the road and the vehicle is making the noise slightly turn the steering wheel left to right if the noise changes at all replace the wheel bearings gm cars are notorious for wheel bearing
good luck chris
You probably have a bad tire or wheel bearing. Either the tire is cupped causing humming noise or grease inside sealed wheel bearing is burnt up. I would take front tire and move to the back of the car. Then drive again. If noise stays the same you probably have a bad wheel bearing. If noise moves to the back of the car than you may need to replace the tire. Most likely it is the wheel bearing, I replace them all the time at my shop
Hi,It sounds like a noisey wheel bearing.you can check this by driving the car at 45 turn your steering wheel slighty to the left and back to the right.Listen for the howling noise to change,if it does you have one or both bad front wheel bearings.chances are thay both are bad.One's just louder than the other.if you are on a tight budget you can check them out by jacking your car up and put it on jack stands(safty first).Remove your wheels,brake pads and calipers,be sure to secure the calipers up out of the way.Remove the rotors.With everything out of the way now you can check the wheel bearings.You spin the wheel bearing slowly with the wheel stud this shuld turn smoothly,if you feel anything when turning it,then it is bad and it will need to be replaced.If you have any more questions just comment back and i'll answer. I hope this helps,if it does please rate my answer.Thank You for using fixya.....iluv2fish.........Ray.......
WHEEL BEARING USUALLY STARTS MAKING A ROARING TYPE NOISE WHICH USUALLY GETS LOUDER THE FASTER YOU DRIVE, SOMETIMES THEY WILL BE LOOSE , TO CHECK JACK UP THAT WHEEL AND GRAB TOP AND BOTTOM OF TIRE AND SHAKE, IF THERE IS MOVEMENT, TRY TO GET SOMEONE TO ROCK TIRE FOR YPU AND WATCH WHERE AXLE GOES INTO CENTER OF BEARING AND SEE IF AXLE IS MOVING WITH TIRE MOVEMENT AND SPINDLE REMAINS STATIONARY, THEN IT IS BAD BEARING, OR SOMETIMES THERE WILL BE NO MOVEMENT, THEN BLOCK REAR WHEELS AND RUN CAR WITH THAT WHEEL IN AIR AND SEE IF YOU HEAR NOISE, GOOD LUCK.
well did the noise start after the tires were rotated?could be choppy tires,,,if not ,i strongly think it sounds like a bad wheel bearing,,,,if you drive and while its making the noise turn left and right quick and see if the noise gets louder and which way turning makes it louder,,if you turn leftand it gets louder its usually the right wheels bearing as you are putting load on it, if it makes the noise louder while turning right its the left wheel bearing,,,got it