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Rear end noise from front wheel drive car

I have noise from the rear of the car, which sounds like rear end, differential noise on rear wheel drive vehicles.

This 2007 Suzuki Forenza with about 38K on it has no rear drive axel or differential. Would rear wheel bearings need maintenance or replacement after 35K miles?

After raising rear of car on jack, wheels rotate relatively easily, but both have portions which seem to offer some resistance. Gradual application of the parking brake seems to increase resistance without changing the increased resistance locations; that is, resistance to rotation remains uneven.

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    I have a 2005 grand prix with a thump thump thump in the rearend at lower speeds[about 20 t0 30 mph] it sounds like a flat spotted tire but isn't tires and rims have been checked and are in good condition could this be a wheel bearing problem or something else you could think of...thankyou

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At that mileage it could be, and most likely is given your description of the noise. I assume it reduces in volume as you slow down. If you can find a quite piece of road drive up to where the noise is apparent and lightly swerve from left to right. (Don't roll the car!! ) If the noise reduces as you swerve left then its the left bearing. If its when you swerve right that the noise reduces its the right bearing. If its both the only way is to jack the rear up and spin the wheels as fast as you can and listen. If there's a hint of a rumble from it, its that bearing or both. It should be completely quite apart from the slight hiss as the shoes rub on the drum.
35K may not seem much but if you don't know the history of the car it could have hit a bad pot hole or even had a knock on a kerb.
I have replaced bearing with a lot less miles than yours.

Cheers John

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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