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VwCabrio humming noise

When steering to the right side , there is a humming noise. Wheel bearing changed,drive shafts ok, seal greased and tight,bolts are all shut tight...what could it be?

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  • russo19 Jun 18, 2009

    Changed both wheel bearings. Drive shafts both sides.

  • russo19 Jun 22, 2009

    I have rotated tires and both wheel bearings changed. The humming sound is exceptionally laud when turning on the right, left side or straight line no sound..what could it be?

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Did you replace one front bearing or both? It could be the other front wheel bearing.

Posted on May 17, 2009

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Jun 19, 2009

    Have you tried rotating your tires back to front?

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Jun 22, 2009

    Any other suspension parts that could be rubbing on the tire? How about backing plates rubbing on brake rotors?

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