My 1992 GMC jimmy started making light grinding noises near the front right tire a couple days ago. I didn't think much of it until I also heard a "clunk", then more grinding/squeaking, and then another clunk (it felt like the tire turned a little bit too). I was able to nurse it home with just a few more squeaks, but what is broken, or whats about to break? It seriously feels like the wheel is about to fall off.
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Re: Front wheel seems about to fall off
Could be a cv joint or ball joint ... jack up the vehicle... grab the wheel in the 9 and 3 position and see if you can move the wheel side to side.... tie rod if you can... then grab the wheel at the noon and 6 position... try to move the wheel up and down.... ball joint if there is much play in it.
CV joint quick test is just to go into an empty parking lot and turn the wheel all the way to the right and drive slowly... hear a ticking noise... then the left and listen for a ticking noise.
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Sounds like you have a bad wheel bearing. These cars are known for that. It could also be a bad CV joint [axle] , but it won't usually make your wheel hop. Jack car up and try to move wheel top to bottom. There should be no play at all. Try spinning the wheel while it is off the ground, if it's a bearing, you will hear a grinding noise. If it's a bad CV joint, you will hear a clicking. Let me know if this was helpful to you, and until you get it looked at, I wouldn't drive it, as the wheel can fall right off if it's a bearing. Good luck
Sounds like a belt is seperated in the front left tire...your local tire store can inspect this for free...your next check would be alignment...tough chuck holes can cause mis-alignment and unecessary tire wear...Hope this helps....(Front left wheel bearing does this too, but a slight grinding noise is also present)
switch the front tires left to right /right to left see if the noise gos to the drivers side if it does it is the tires put them on the rear and in time they will get better i have seen this countless times
BY THE SOUNDS OF IT ONE OF YOUR WHEEL BEARINGS HAS GONE BAD. WHAT I WOULD DO IS JACK UP THE FRONT END AND CHECK FOR PLAY IN THE WHEELS MOVE BACK AND FORTH TOP TO BOTTOM SIDE TO SIDE. CHANCES ARE YOU WILL FIND ONE OF THOSE WHEELS HAS ALOT OF PLAY IN IT. IF THAT IS THE CASE YOU WILL WANT TO REPLACE THE INNER AND OUTTER WHEEL BEARING AND THE WHEEL SEAL. TRY THAT GOOD LUCK AND HOPETHIS HELPED.
Sorry not sure what kinda noise your hearing but here are a few things that would cause that.
1 Check for worn ball joints.
2 Check for tire pressure.
3 Check for wheel bearing failure.
4 Check for worn brake pads and rotors.
5 Easies on is to check to see if the brake dust is rubbling.
Good luck and hope this helps
it depends if you have 2WD or 4WD, probably either your CV joints, or your wheel bearing, also have your upper and lower ball joints looked at, durangos are bad for those going out. 4WD could have additional problems, like transfer case, front axle bent, and other 4WD probs. i had a similar problem and it was my wheel bearing. buy it offline, not at the parts store, it saved me $140. compared to O'riely Auto Parts.