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Terrible Front End noise

I have a problem with my 2001 Chev Cavalier Z24 2.4L.

It makes a terrible loud noise that I thought was a hole in my exhaust or deteriorated muffler. After replacing the muffler, the noise is still there. The person whom replaced my muffler thought it could be the front suspension - specifically the ball bearings. Does this sound right? Any ideas - it is not heard at idle and it is terrible over 20 mph, very loud.



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  • medicman25 Jul 05, 2008

    I just took it to another mechanic and he told me he needs to replace the whole right wheel hub assembly.

    Does this sound correct?

    It gets louder the faster i go, but not sure what side it is coming from.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    While driving 20 plus mph and turning to the right my truck makes a clicking sound any ideas


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I would agree with the hub bearing solution. I also have a 2001 Cavalier and recently replaced both hub bearings. The sound is quite loud and does get worse the faster you drive. Once I got mine replaced, I couldn't believe how quiet my car ran. My dad works with a guy who does a lot of work on Cavalier's and has noticed that first the left hub bearing goes bad, soon followed by the right after about 60,000 miles. 

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Good Day,
It would make sense that it is suspension related as it does not make noise at idle but going down the road it does. I would lean towards it being a bad wheel bearing. Does it sound like it's coming from one side or the other? Also how many miles on the car? Does it get louder when the wheels are turning?

You can check the bearing easily by jacking up that wheel and moving it side to side and up down checking for play, a little bit of play is normal.

Hope this helps and Good Luck

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

  • Patrick McGee
    Patrick McGee Jul 06, 2008

    If your vechile is equipped with ABS that would sound correct, chevy cars w/abs use a hub bearing assembly's, this assembly consists of the wheel bearing and abs sensor as one piece.


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