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Kia Sportage front wheel noise and vibrating

When the car is driving on un-flat surface or turning, there will be a noise or vibrating, just like driving on rumble strip. But it will be gone after a while. I believe the noise comes from front right wheel.
I sent my car twice to Speedy, and the mechanic could not tell exactly where the noise come from. He suggests changing bearings, and then seeing what happen next. Since changing bearings costs $1500 and I even don’t know if it solves problems, so I did not repair anything.
After the wheels being reinstalled, the noise and vibrating were gone for weeks. Until I drive on highway, it came back again.
Do you know what the problem will be?

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  • bloodtoad May 19, 2009

    i just driving in the city.

  • bloodtoad May 19, 2009

    thanks guys, i will tell the mechanic check out the stuffs you mentioned above.

  • Teddi B May 11, 2010

    What are your driving habits? Like to go off-roading or going in mud holes?

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Sounds like a problem I had. Turned out to be the vacumn valve that locks the hubs when in 4wd. The car was not in 4wd but the hubs were always locked causing the wheels to vibrate and chatter especially when turning.

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I had a similar problem, was the little steel clip that hold the pads was broken. it would rattle and make all kinds of noises once in a while, then go away. $1500 for bearings ? must be smoking weeds or something, i replaced those bearings with little knowledge and they cost less than $50

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I think its a problem with the wheel or rim balance, the tires or vehicle alignment. You will have to take it to another shop that has more experience with wheels, alignment etc. That noise you describe the wheel bearings will make. But I think your vehicle is too new and with your driving habits I would not consider the bearings. The problem is that you don't know what the previous owner's driving habits were. So if the vehicle went in deep water the water washes away the grease in the bearings drying them out causing the noise. If a doctor tells you, you have a bad disease I'm sure you will go for a second opinion. This is what I suggest go for a second opinion. Go to a shop that specializes in wheel, alignment drivetrain etc. They will be better equipped and more knowledgeable to diagnose the problem. They should be able to diagnose and tell you for sure what the problem is. Then you can find out which shop will do the job cheaper.

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Sounds like a bad tie rod or unbalanced tire to me. In town at low speeds it does not put the force on the wheel that high speeds cause. It could be a cracked rim as well. Sometimes a universal joint can cause this too if its starting to weaken.

I would say from experience no to the bearings as you would have a consistant problem and if you do not notice it while normal driving and turning corners then probally not. Another way to check is to see if the wheel is hot after use. Normally when a bearing is going bad it will heat up the rim itself. In one case I saw a car that came into the shop and the bearing got so hot it melted the plastic hub cab around it. And you would notice a definate hot smell too.

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Check yor brake caliper and brake shoes

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