General Maintenance & Repairs - Bad wheel bearing?
01-18-2010, 02:52 PM
Squeaky noise started about a few days after I accidently rolled off of a 1/2 normal height curb..
Nothing seems to be rubbing, so I'm guessing I fked up the bearing. Squeak is at all mph/rpm etc. Starting to get louder.
How much of a pita is it? Any special tools / recommendations?
01-18-2010, 03:55 PM
Where is the squeaking coming from?
01-18-2010, 04:35 PM
Front driverside wheel. Guess I couldve added that in.
It's louder at 10mph then 30+
01-18-2010, 11:21 PM
jack the front of your car up and shake the wheel at the 12 and 6 location pull towards you and a push away and see if there is play spin the wheel and listen for grinding or howling. does it squeak all the time? or only over bumps and stuff?
01-18-2010, 11:40 PM
All the the time. I checked the lugnuts, squeaks under load
I'll check the 6/12 stuff tomorrow. I can't really seeing it be I fucked the bearing, with people pullin the front wheels and not having a problem, but I do have shitty luck
01-19-2010, 12:25 AM
sounds like something got tweeked and is now touching the rotor, or your brakes might be worn out. I have never heard a bearing "squeek" and I have repaired hundreds of them. bearings give a dragging, roaring type sound that you can turn in and out of. You can make the sound go away by turning the wheel right or left.
01-19-2010, 12:29 AM
You didn't damage a wheel bearing driving over a curb. No way.
More likely is the suspension travelled a little farther than normal, revealing a problem that was waiting to surface. Squeaking could be a ball joint, but my money's on a control arm bushing, or a sway bar bushing.
01-19-2010, 01:26 AM
I'll tear it apart tomorrow, hopefully something will squeak with me just yanking on shit.
I kinda ruled out suspension but hopefully it's something cheap
01-19-2010, 02:05 PM
i had one go out recently, they are $88 at pep boys and like $109 at auto zone.
the easiest way to tell if it is going out is when you take the wheel off. if you spin the rotor you will hear a metal to metal rolling noise. you would also see a little grease in between the hub and the caliper.
mine got so bad that the abs sensor on the back of the wheel went out, however the new unit comes with a new sensor anyways.
replacement is straight foreward. there are 4 bolts holding the spindle onto the control arm. the bolts are on there tightly, i had to hit the wrench with a hammer a few times to get them loose enough to turn them. i had mine replaced in the driveway with an 18mm wrench (i think) and a floor jack in under a half hour
01-23-2010, 02:16 PM
Got the wheel off today, nothing squeaks when I turn the rotor/yank the fuck outta things, but I did notice this
steering bushing thingy looks like it's seen better day. Perhaps that would be the culprit? Any other thoughts of what to try?
Part # for that? :)
guess it needs replaced anyway, I'll try that before I get a new bearing hub
01-23-2010, 02:30 PM
That is a tie rod end. Go to oreilly and get a moog replacement. (these have a grease fitting for maintenance in the future. To remove take the big nut and turn to right going towards center of car. (the nut on the left of your pic.) You will need to hold rod still with a box end wrench while loosenening the nut. (there should be a flat spot on the rod for this)
Then take tie rod end and rotate off of rod end.
The reason I am being so specific is when I took mine off I thought the large nut was part of the unit and It would not back off because it is meant to lock the tie rod end on.
You might need a wheel alignment after changing this if you dont get the end installed in the exact spot on the rod.
01-23-2010, 02:56 PM
$18 autozone for duralast, other rod end is fine, wanted to fix it today anyways, gonna mark the thread on the rod hopefully get it close enough to last for spring tires/alignment.