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Noise (vibration) when turning right

Grinding noise (vibration) ONLY when steering right.
Noise is speed dependant (not RPM).
Noise continues if shifted into neutral (with vehicle is coasting)
Most noticible at 30-40 mph on smooth asphalt.
Can be felt both in the steering wheel and gas pedal.
Dealer could find nothing, said "rotate the tires".
Tire rotation made no change.
Similar feeling to driving a knobby tire 4-wheeler.
ONLY noticed when lightly steering to the right

2007 Toyota Rav4 20K miles, well maintained.

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  • Ron Caster Apr 18, 2009

    Shop242;

    I'm not sure if you got my 1st comment, so I'll try again..

    It was the left front wheel bearing...

    It was difficult to convince the dealer, but had the mechanic ride with me and he immediately agreed once I duplicated the noise.

    I was in the process of pricing the parts myself, and realized it might be covered under the warrenty.

    Dealer cost was about $350. Thankfully It was covered. It requires both a hub and bearing.

    You did an excellent evaluation....

    Thank you shop242

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That sounds like a left front wheel bearing gone bad My friend.. turning right transfers weight to the left side and it probably has a roar similar to a turbo fan jet.. Try it and lemmie know.. thank you

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