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Scraping noise from front wheel on 02 Saturn Vue

I have a scraping noise coming from the driver's side wheel. It's not the brakes for sure. I suspected a bearing, but the hub is tight and doesn't seem to move in an odd way. When turning the wheel I can make the noise happen a bit and it sounds ''inboard'', like not at the hub at all, but it's hard to tell without a lift. Would the CV shaft make a scraping sound? Any ideas what it could be? I don't just wanna change out a new hub if that isn't it, at $130 I don't wanna buy it if I don't need it. Thanks.

Rich in NH

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  • skipjackk1 Jun 29, 2009

    Thanks for the info, but I have checked these things guys. I am a pretty decent mechanic for the most part, dad was a machinist and brother is a master tech(we don't talk much). Anyway, I checked the obvious things and they are fine. it definitely has nothing to do with the brakes and doesn't even sound like the hub, sounds more "inboard" as I said. I don't have a lot of experience with this vehicle or with CV joints so I don't know what they sound like. I'm used to u-joints at the wheels on my truck and Jeep. Thanks for your help so far, very quick responses.

    Rich in NH


  • skipjackk1 Jun 29, 2009

    I agree that the hub could be the problem, but the noise just didn't seem to be coming from there. Also, there is no way to look at the bearings, it's a sealed unit. I did try to move the axle side to side and up and down for movement like you would a typical bearing, but there was no movement, it was solid. To get a better look I need a helper I guess. It would be easier to hear where it was coming from if I was under the vehicle and had someone turning the wheel. My guess is that it is the bearing, but I wanted to make sure before spending the money on a new one. The car has 200k + on it so it most likely is the stock unit. Thanks

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It could be the bearings inside the cv joint, but I would think the bearings inside the hub first.

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  • Matthew Boulden Jun 29, 2009

    I understand you consider yourself a good mechanic, but in all seriousness you need to remove the hub and check the bearings in the hub, sometimes you can repack these and sometimes you can not. On these vehicles it almost sounds like the transfer case or front differential, but it almost always is the wheel bearings. If the cv joint boots are intact and you do not see any grease, then the cv joint is most likely still good. Wheel bearings in the hub is what is causing your grinding noise.

  • Matthew Boulden Jun 29, 2009

    I agree, but you have to remember the shape of the new bearings and cages, they do not allow for the normal movement you would expect. I went through the same thing with a rendezvous, we thought the cv joint for sure if not the differential. It sucks it is a sealed hub unit, makes it so darn expensive, but I would stake my reputation that it is there. Especially if the cv joint boots are not cracked or leaking. Let me know how it turns out. I would ask when purchasing the part if you can return it if it does not fix your problem. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Check the brake dust shield. or check brake pads they have a shim on the padson caliper braket sometimes they move when putting on pads. email me bake if this helped. richie n.y.

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Check your CV boot for tears,you have look at your brakes,Did you check for warp rotors.

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