We own a 2002 chev malibu, only 60,000 some miles. Started having a loud roaring sound coming from the front, took it to a mechanic shop, they thought sure it was the axil bearings, changed them, still did the same thing, now they plan on rotating the tires, thinking that might have been the problem. Then they took off the transmission pan, and said it had some brass in it. What should I do.
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all the ones that i put on come as a assembly hub and bearing.check aftermarket price i have had good luck with them. the bearing assembly is not that hard to do take wheel off and drum off and the 4 14mm bolts out of the hub and it will come right off. good luck i hope this will help you
It sounds like you have a bad c v or constant velocity joint. Look under the car next to the wheel look for a rubber accordian type unit, if the rubber is torn or lose the grease has escaped and damaged the joint. You can replace it yourself, but if your not mechanically inclined would say take it to a shop.
I have the same thing. It started last summer when I had about 20,000 miles. I just took it into the dealer. They say it is the antenna and that they removed it and tested drove it and the noise went away. Mine starts around 35 mph. I don't know if they are pulling my leg and there is a bigger problem that the financially strapped GM won't fix. I also have a bad CV joint and unless it goes out within the next 500 miles, GM won't replace it.
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.