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My 2003 Saturn Ion makes such a loud noise when I drive I end up with a headache by the time I get to work. The more I press on the gas the louder the sound gets. When I slow down and eventually stop the sound goes away. We thought it was my BarrIngs but when we fixed that it didn't do anything. What do u suggest this would be?

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Without hearing the noise, it is hard to diagnose. If you replaced the bearings and the noise level is correlated with the speed of the vehicle - I'd look at the wheels/tires. They may be out of balance or you could have a radial shift in one of the tires. Rotate the back tires to the front and front to back. See if that changes the pitch or noise level.

Posted on May 27, 2011

  • dottdesign May 27, 2011

    Thanks for the tip! I was also told that it could be coming from a part of the transmission where the wheels attach? They told me it wuld cost approx $2000. So I just Don't want to be ripped off and know exactly what that means. Thanks again for your help!!

  • Johnny Tumlinson May 27, 2011

    I think you're talking about the constant velocity axles - it COULD be one or both CV axles. If you were a customer in my shop and needed both replaced your bill would be $516.36 for new replacement axle assemblies. I'm not sure who told you $2,000 for a repair - but if you can post additional information I can try and help sort it out. That being said, I'd try rotating the tires first. You can go to most tire shops and they will do it for free. That gives you an out of pocket expense of $0.00, which is a great value for what you will learn.



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