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i have been fooled by this one way to many times. when a wheel bearing or hub assesembly is making noise, it will sound like it is comming from the other side. i do not know why this is. but one test will prove if and which one. when growling noise occurs, notice, when turning left or right, does noise get louder and quieter as you turn? if so then it is wheel bearing. when turning left the right side will make more noise. when turning right the left side will make more noise. if always the same then, tires or transmission need addressing. the cv axle does not make a growling noise, unless front wheel drive car does not move, it makes a clicking or poping noise. sorry but at least you dont have to replace other axle
This could be one of two things. We will first start with a wheel bearing. When you are driving, does the growling noise get louder as you go faster. Some times is will sound like you have a helicopter flying beside you depending on how bad the bearing is. The second thing that could be causing the growling noise is your transmission. There are also bearings inside your transmission that could be causing the noise. If you have a cvt transmission, you have a 120,000 mile warranty and can have it repaired at no cost to you. You will just have to go to a nissan dealership.
cv joints don't always click, mainly they click when turning, But worn ones will also make noise,, since you have to remove the wheel anyway ,, I'd check the bearing first, then move onto the cv joints
Driveline and wheel bearing noises can be very decieving. - especially on 4X4 vehicles. These noises can travel through the vehicle and sound like they are coming from one place when they are caused by something else. I have 2 recomendations:
1. Take it to a professional that deals with 4X4 drive trains and have him lend you an ear.
2. get the thing on a lift and listen to the components with a stethescope. It could be a wheel bearing, a differential, a transfer case, or even the transmission making a noise like you have described.
drive shaft u-joints will make clanking sound putting in gear or have bad vibration to it . it can be pion bearing in rear-end it will do what you are saying . but check driveshaft , sometimes you can see if drive shaft has play in it move side to side .
Lifters on your engine are non-adjustable. If noise is not loud or is intermittent, sometimes just changing oil and using an additive like marvel oil will clean it up.If noise persists, check pivot contact points on "bridge" that connects each pair of rocker arms together for wear.Replace if worn. disable the ignition system and have someone crank engine over. Observe that all rockers are going up and down the same distance. The ones to check are the ones that are not. If all is ok there, you must go deeper into engine and check lifters for end wear. If you find wear, lifter and camshaft must be replaced Sometimes if the ends are still in good condition, the lifter itself may have an internal problem.If that is the case, replace the lifter. Before you begin, check oil pressure. A pressure of 15lbs or less is not acceptable.(warmed up, at idle) Pressure must be substantially higher both cold and hot. I recommend at least 30psi at idle hot, 40psi while driving. Lower pressures indicate serious wear on internal bearing surfaces. Replacing the oil pump may temporarily hide this problem but will not cure it!!! Good luck