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Hanauer51
04-16-2013, 10:07 PM
alright, so I have a bad vibration coming from the front left of the car and it almost goes identical with how fast I'm going, or how fast my wheels are spinning. My hub assembly has been out for about 6 months, but there was no clicking or it didn't affect the way it drove, only idiot lights and no ABS. So, I figured it could wait till I was done with school to change it, I actually have the part sitting at home 100 miles away in Wisconsin. It's present when I go 25 MPH and gets worse from there. I'm about 85% sure that its the left hub assembly/ wheel bearing, the vibration is only present when the wheel is straight or when the wheel turns to the left, however even if I **** the wheel the slightest to the right the vibration/noise goes away. I can feel the vibration on the floor when I'm on the pedals. So, my question is how safe with it be to drive on for the next 2 weeks? Is driving on it for 200 miles going to be dangerous, or will the noise just be annoying, but no cause further problems?
-So with the noise only coming from the left side, I don't think it can be motor mounts or bad tie rod ends. But an input is appreciated.

Thanks for the help.

sleepyalero
04-16-2013, 10:10 PM
I'd replace the hub, and go from there.

[ChaosweaveR]
04-16-2013, 10:11 PM
Umm, it's not just the "noise" you have to worry about...if the bearings fail, the hub assembly could sever itself from the spindle and bye bye wheel.

Easy way to check is to get the front end in the air and check the wheel for play. Bad bearings give lots of play side to side, check your ball joints and tie rods for play while you're at it.

Hanauer51
04-16-2013, 10:11 PM
I'd replace the hub, and go from there.

That's what I thought, but how safe would it be to drive the 100 miles from Chicago to back home in Wisconsin. It's about 2 hours mostly highway, so traveling 65+ MPH

[ChaosweaveR]
04-16-2013, 10:12 PM
That's what I thought, but how safe would it be to drive the 100 miles from Chicago to back home in Wisconsin. It's about 2 hours mostly highway, so traveling 65+ MPH

See my post prior. I wouldn't chance it.

Hanauer51
04-16-2013, 10:13 PM
;1211043']See my post prior. I wouldn't chance it.

Damn, I don't have any tools down here. Looks like I'll have to go to a shop. Better safe than sorry.

[ChaosweaveR]
04-16-2013, 10:15 PM
Damn, I don't have any tools down here. Looks like I'll have to go to a shop. Better safe than sorry.

You could do it with a basic set of hand tools, but getting the CV axle nut off by hand is a bitch.

Hanauer51
04-16-2013, 10:19 PM
;1211047']You could do it with a basic set of hand tools, but getting the CV axle nut off by hand is a bitch.

Yeah I know its a bitch! lol but I don't have ANY tools down here at school. But thanks for the help I appreciate it man.

[ChaosweaveR]
04-16-2013, 10:20 PM
Yeah I know its a bitch! lol but I don't have ANY tools down here at school. But thanks for the help I appreciate it man.

No problem.

sleepyalero
04-16-2013, 10:24 PM
I'd drive the 100 miles to save some money.. Shop will charge you more then its worth.

[ChaosweaveR]
04-16-2013, 10:29 PM
I'd drive the 100 miles to save some money.. Shop will charge you more then its worth.

I've seen what failed hub bearings do at speed...no bueno.

Hanauer51
04-16-2013, 10:33 PM
I'd drive the 100 miles to save some money.. Shop will charge you more then its worth.

I'd rather pay the extra 200 dollars or so, rather then risk my safety. Gotta weight the pros and cons, and I value my life lol

sleepyalero
04-17-2013, 12:18 AM
Do 55 you'll be fineeeeee. lol



I'm kidding I understand.

DaRkWaVe
04-17-2013, 05:05 AM
Whereabouts in Chicago are you? Just curious. I have the day off, plenty of tools, and an extra used, but good, hub assembly.

Hanauer51
04-17-2013, 09:15 AM
Whereabouts in Chicago are you? Just curious. I have the day off, plenty of tools, and an extra used, but good, hub assembly.

On the very north side of the city, close to Evanston. I got to Loyola

bricooper78
04-17-2013, 10:04 AM
You're right about not driving on it. good call man

Hanauer51
04-17-2013, 10:28 AM
You're right about not driving on it. good call man

Yeah sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture, and paying an extra couple hundred bucks to get it fixed, so I can get back home safely outweighs anything else lol

Hanauer51
04-18-2013, 02:09 PM
ahhhh all fixed no more stuiped lights either. We were correct, it was the hubby assembly making the noise. They were so ****ty, they were extremely hard to turn, but the new timken bearings are so buutery. Needless to say I was getting AWFUL gas milage for 6 months :( but all fixed now. Ran me at about 200 not to bad.
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg557/Hanauer51/IMAG0333_zps60ab47ce.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/Hanauer51/media/IMAG0333_zps60ab47ce.jpg.html)

[ChaosweaveR]
04-18-2013, 02:19 PM
A Grand Am with no SES light on?

Fake.

Hanauer51
04-18-2013, 02:21 PM
;1211240']A Grand Am with no SES light on?

Fake.

Haha I know right, but no not fake my friend

bricooper78
04-18-2013, 04:49 PM
:applause:

glad ya got it!

Hanauer51
04-18-2013, 10:03 PM
:applause:

glad ya got it!

thanks bud, she drives so smooth now!

TDavis
04-18-2013, 10:14 PM
o.o