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The car is making a roaring noise going down the road, if I turn the steering wheel to the left it stops, if I turn to the right it gets louder. Any ideas?

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Driver's side front wheel bearing

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Sounds very much like worn wheel bearing. To confirm jack up the right hand corner of the car. Rotate the road wheel and and if you can feel as well as hear the wheel complaining you need a new bearing. Always compare both sides just to be doubly sure. Lift the left hand corner and repeat the process with the other road wheel. This wheel should feel smooth in rotation. Removing the old bearing and fitting the new one are not the easiest job and personally I would leave this to a trusted garage to fix.

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Good Morning. What this sounds like is the exact diagnosing of a front hub assembly really not that pricey either, and a common problem. Last one I did a few days ago even with the noise calming down going the other way ended up being both hubs. I hope this helps and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.
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  • carmengillia Sep 02, 2010

    Dont think it could be the power steering pump?

  • cjkelly025 Sep 03, 2010

    To be honest with you the steering pump going down the road actually does so little work while you are moving, it is like the old cars without power steering that steered so easy when driving but not so much sitting still, so I would be more towards your hub assemblies. I have seen and replaced enough gm products hub assemblies that your original description is the preliminary diagnosis that I go through when I road test one. Need anything or have any other questions please feel free to ask.
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If you here a roaring noise in your front wheel and when you turn one way or the other and it stops. then your gonna be looking at changing your wheel bearing ( hub assembly ) , but how do you know which one to change. Well when driving down the road, move steering wheel back and forth easy, which ever way you turn the wheel and the noise stops that is which side is bad.
Example : your driving alone and you turn your wheel to the right and the noise goes away, then it's your right wheel bearing ( hub assembly ).if you turn to the left and the noise stops, then it's your left wheel bearing ( hub assembly ).

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