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Old 04-10-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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Exclamation wheel bearing???

Hi, i have a 2001 Grand Am GT and lately when ever i am driving i hear a kind of grinding noise coming from the front drives side wheel. At higher speeds the sound gets much louder. I am lead to believe that it is the wheel bearing. However i just wanted some other opinions as i dont want to spend 170.00 on the part and have to turn around and it be something else. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem or knows what it is or if it is the wheel bearing, also if there is any test sorta deal i can perform to be certain that this is the problem. any help would be appreciated! thanks!!!
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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i had the same problem with my GA sounded like it was coming from the driver side but when i took it to the shop it was the passenger side bearing that was shot.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:12 PM   #3
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Ok so it is most likely the bearing as i assumed. do you know how to tell if the bearing is shot so i purchase the correct side. i dont really want to take it in to a shop id prefer to do it my self and save a bundle of money. i just need to make sure it is diagnosed correctly. thanks!
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does the sound go away if u turn left or right?
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Old 04-10-2008, 05:29 PM   #5
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yes the sound does seem to go away when i turn right....
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Most likely your bearing.

To tell for sure, you can try 2 things.

1) Jack up the car at the front and rotate the wheels by hand. If one feels grittier, that's the bearing that is shot.

2) Pick up a non-contact infrared thermometer. After a drive, measure the temperature of each hub. If one is more than a few degrees hotter than the other, it's the friction of a bad bearing that is causing the heat.

Unfortunately, bearings aren't cheap and there is no way around replacing them. They literally hold the wheels on the car. Consequently they are well-engineered and thus expensive. Generics are OK for the most part and might save you a couple bucks. But don't scrimp too much.
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Old 04-10-2008, 05:43 PM   #7
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ok thanks alot man. do you know where i would get one of those thermometers? and also i ahve not changed a bearing in my grand am yet. is it a fairly easy procedure?? Do you knwo where i could finds step by step intructions on doing so?
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well if it goes away when u turn, right its your right one.
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here your how to

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ya thats def. the wheel bearing. Does the grinding noise get louder when u turn left or right bc if so its most def. that, and you can get a new one from murrays or autozone for less than 100 bucks. They aren't that hard changed if u have the right tools.
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its def. your left wheel bearing, happened to me, go to murrays or some place like that u can get a new wheel bearing assembly for under 100 bucks. aren't that hard to install either if u have the right tools
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ha ha here in canada they are like 150.00 still not to bad though.. but im kinda confused 2 differant things have kinda been said ... so if i turn right/left and it gets louder its the direction i am turning or if i turn left/right and it goes away it is the opposite side that is shot?
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with me, when my right one went, i turned right the sound went away, when it was my left, i turned left, the sound went away
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Mine has a similar noise but it's like a rattling / squeaking noise. Only when going straight I'm pretty sure haven't really noticed it when turning and it's only once in a while. When I take the foot off the gas it keeps going but whenever I press on the brake it stops, when I let go off the brake it waits like a few seconds till the noise starts up again. Do that a few times or just keep driving and it eventually goes away.
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A non-contact thermometer can be had from Craftsman for about $50. They are pricey but a nifty tool.

Maybe you can borrow one?

Harbor Freight has cheap ones for as low as $6. I bought one once, but it was broken out of the box...

Also try Craigslist. Maybe someone will loan you on for a day if you offer them $10.
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ok when u turn and the grinding gets louder the direction u are turning is the side that is bad. I wouldn't waste money on thermometer, waste of money for this problem. so if ur turning right and the sound gets worse then its your right wheel bearing.
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ok when u turn and the grinding gets louder the direction u are turning is the side that is bad. so if ur turning right and the sound gets worse then its your right wheel bearing.
That's wrong.

A bearing makes more noise when there is more weight on it. If you are turning right and the sound gets louder, it's the left front bearing that's bad.
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That's wrong.

A bearing makes more noise when there is more weight on it. If you are turning right and the sound gets louder, it's the left front bearing that's bad.

well i'm just saying from my experience with mine. When i turned right the noise got worse, and when i replaced the right bearing the noise was gone.
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ok now i am confused... with me i will be driveing straight and ill be able tohear it and it gets louder as i acceerate. but when ever i turn right even jsut salightly it will go away but when ever i turn left it doesnt really get much louder but it is still there.. which one is it u turn right and it goes away its my right or my left? or would i be better off going with the thermometer to check?
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the noise sounds like it is coming from my left side from inside the car but who knows ..
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