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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:25 pm 
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what is most likely cause of sound from left front wheel that resembles a growl or mud grip tire. have changed wheel bearing hub and bearing. also replaced tire. same sound. 95 BUICK PA NA.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:05 pm 
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Is the wheel bearing a cheap replacement and you torque the axle nut down to spec?

Is there play in the wheel with it in the air and is there a lot of play between wheel rotation and when the axle turns at the trans?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:32 pm 
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the wheel hub assembly with bearing is TIMKEN. I did torque the axle nut to specs. 1 have not checked for play in the wheel nor play between wheel and axle but will do so. assuming none of those symptons, which is more likely, axle or transmission. i have read that most likely proble with axle is clicking sound when making turn. i have not noticed clicking. so i am concerned the sound may be from transmission. more thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:14 pm 
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I'm on the same page. If it's speed dependent it's either brakes, wheel, wheel bearing, axle, or transmission.

Assuming there's nothing else wrong with the brakes, there's a small chance that the outside of the rotor and the caliper/bracket are making contact from years of rust.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:15 pm 
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update. checked left front tire for play horizontally and vertically. I don't detect any. also checked tire and axle rotation. seem to be no play there either. I think next move will be to get transmission specialist opinion if bearing may be bad.

what still bothers me, I looked on YOU TUBE to see if there were similar problems. there was one video of actual sound as car was speeding up and it sounded exactly like the growl I am hearing. it was under a category of wheel bearing failure. I suppose it is possible that the Timken bearing/hub assy is bad but what are the odds that the new bearing sound is exactly like the original. so guess is will get transmission specialist opinion and if negative, I will order another bearing. will report sometime in the future what the problem turned out to be. thanks for your help.


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Wheel bearings can sometimes be tricky to determine what side is bad. You are talking entirely about the left front, have you looked into the right front? I always replace wheel bearings in pairs because if one side failed, the other is probably on its way out.

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