My o3 IS has a very rhythmical grinding or whirling sound in drivers side tire (kinda sounds like rubbing..).gets a little worse in turns to the left. it goes away at higher speeds. It seems to increase when coasting verses using gas,
Any ideas? I thought of bearings (sp) but that seems a little soon for the miles 65,000 with a lexus. I'm nervous not good time expensive repair...could brakes do this?
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Re: 2003 lexus IS
YEs brakes can do this for sure! If its rotational or rhythmical it has to do with your wheel. Take off your driver side tire and inspect brake pads. At 65k miles you are most likely due for some new brake pads. DOnt take it to the dealer they will charge you a fortune.
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If not the brakes, it could be a ruined wheel bearing. To check, raise the wheel just off the ground with your jack, parking brake on. Grab the tire, try to move it back and forth, just feel for play right at the wheel. The tire should have no play in it, except for a very small amount, only a fraction of an inch. If you feel significant movement shaking it, or moving it, its probably a bearing. You'd better replace it before it gets worse. It is bad on the tire, too-it will wear uneven. After the work is done, you will need an alignment for your car.
If its not the bearing and your Mercury is front wheel drive, it could be the "CV" joints.
It could be both....
Is the wheel rubbing the brake caliper?
Is something like the wheel well liner rubbing the tire(airflow pushing it into tire)?
Jack the tire off the ground and rotate it by hand. Push in & out at the top, sides, and bottom of the tire. Little or no play is considered acceptable. If you get a "clunking" sound and/or a lot of play the bearing(s) are bad. (If front wheel drive, chock rear tires, put transmission in neutral so you can rotate tire.)
u need front brake pads...the noise u hear is a warning sensor that is on the brake pad...it will touch the brake rotor when the brake pads r getting very low an about ready to start grinding into the brake rotors
Hi I am Vortash sounds like you have a rear wheel bearing gone , they sound like a whine at first then they get progressively worse to a grinding sound you should replace it as soon as possible before it damages your spindleregards Vortash
I had the same problem that based on interner research is common for Fords trcuks/suvs. The common problem fro rear humming "rubbing"sound might be the rear wheel bearings/seal. These will need to be replaced as it will progressivly get worse and the noise louder and eventually the bearings can sieze. I would hesitate to take to a ford dealer if I were you as it can run $500-900. Take to mechanic that knows how to replace wheel bearings and seals. My mechanic replaced them for about $150. and the bearing and seals are around $40. A good way to test this is to raise the wheel were you can freely spin by hand...if does not spin or there is a lot of friction then it might be the wheel bearings.