2002 Saturn SL1 sounds like a small aircraft when I drive it. Very consistent humming noise. Assuming front wheel bearing, but no play in it. Could it still be the source of the problem?
Noise sounds like I have giant mudders on my little car. Replaced front tires to initially solve problem, no luck. Body panel vibration doesn't seem likely because noise is constant and increases and decreases perfectly with wheel speed. Finally noticed last night that when weight is off right side, noise stops for a second. Looking over car now and front right seems pretty tight. Please help.
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Hi, the likely problem is a worn out wheel bearing. See if it quiets down when turning. If it quiets when turning right, it's the right bearing, and vice-versa. Please let me know if you have more questions, and thanks for using FixYa.
I would start by checking your wheel bearings. Do this by pushing back and forth on the top of your tire or car near the tire. If the tire wobbles back and forth at all your hub assembly should be replaced. For this problem I would check for this first.
Maybe the wrong one was replaced,these are tricky sometimes it sounds like the rightside but is really the leftside or the bearing was installed wrong or the bearing is not the noise, the best way is to get it on a lift and run it in drive and try to pinpoint the noise.
I have a 2002 saturn vue. Same thing..sounded like a jet engine ...loud humming as I accelerated . It got increasingly worse. It turned out to be the front wheel bearings. Replace them, now the noise is half as loud...have to do the rears also! 93,000 miles on it. Also, don't forget to replace the timing belt. It it goes too long and breaks, it will trash the engine...
SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE BAD LF WHEEL BEARING..JACK UP FRONT OF VEHICLE..BLOCK REAR WHEELS..PUT TRANSFER CASE IN NEUTRAL,SPIN EACH FRONT WHEEL BY HAND WITH OTHER HAND ON COIL SPRING..YOU SHOULD FEEL ROUGHNESS IN SPRING ON SIDE THAT HAS BAD BEARING..IT IS A HUB/BEARING ASSEMBLY
Vues are bad for having all hub bearings make noise,check your rear ones.Or the ones you didn't have replaced.If it's all wheel drive check the propshaft center carrier bearing.Common to fail & make noise.hope this helps
How would changing the rear pads fix a noise in the front? Take the front wheels off and look for excess rust on the discs or grit in or on the pads. It sounds like you might be competent enough to take the calipers off (it's not very hard). If the noise gets louder with speed, it could very well be the bearings. This is much harder to do yourself (yay FWD), and you might want to get it towed so you don't damage the hubs, etc. Just shaking the wheel probably isn't enough to diagnose bad bearings.