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    Thread: loud humming noise while driving...wheel bearings or not???

    1. 05-16-2003 11:00 PM #1
      I have this loud humming noise while I'm driving. if I turn the wheel to the left at all it goes away but straight or right it still hums. it sounds like a wheel bearing but I didnt think those went away when you were turning . could it just be my tires? they dont have too much tread on them.

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      05-16-2003 11:23 PM #2
      It sure sounds like a wheel bearing, jack up the front of the car and spin the wheels by hand while holding the spring, the one that is gone should show up as a vibration in the spring.
      Hope this helps
      Richard

    3. 05-16-2003 11:50 PM #3
      awesome. I'll give that a try in the AM.

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      05-16-2003 11:52 PM #4
      Let me know how it goes
      Richard

    5. 05-17-2003 12:07 AM #5
      when my right rear bearings went bad last year i had more of a squeaky / metal-to-metal grinding type noise. and it wasnt a constant sound.. more like a squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak.

    6. 05-17-2003 12:48 AM #6
      mine sounded like I had a flat spot in the front tire. It's in the shop currently

    7. 05-17-2003 01:32 AM #7
      yeah my right front wheel bearing was replaced last week...it wasnt a humming i would say it was almost a churning... and it didnt go away when i turned

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      05-17-2003 02:34 AM #8
      Doesn't sound like a wheel bearing at all. Check your power steering fluid level; make sure it's not low. Look for any signs of fluid leakage if it is low. However, if it is only while driving it's probably not that, unless you hear it only at a certain rpm or higher...?

      Do you hear the hum while stopped but while reving the engine? Have you looked under the car to see if something is rubbing?

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    9. 05-17-2003 03:09 AM #9
      i had the exact same thing, and it was the right front wheel bearing. mine was a really rough sound, and i could feel it in the ride of the car as it deteriorated...

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      05-17-2003 03:17 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by andyveedub »
      ... could it just be my tires? they dont have too much tread on them.

      How much tread is left on your tires? Why don't you rotate your wheels, if there's more tread on the rears, and see if that 'fixes' the problem.
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    11. 05-17-2003 10:07 PM #11
      if i shut the engine off while i'm driving, i still hear the noise and it still goes away when i turn to the left

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      05-17-2003 10:43 PM #12
      I found out what my hum was, I'm on coilovers and the drop pulled the
      wheel in to the coil too much and it was actually rubbing, my new wheels
      have enough offset to avoid rubbing and I'll get it aligned and that should also help it some.....check to see if you're rubbing a tire on a spring. I was rubbing both rears. What should I do about the shiny spots on the springs, yes it's bare metal where it rubbed....... I feel like I should seal the area with something, is it bad to leave it alone?

    13. 05-18-2003 01:11 AM #13
      I'm only riding on H&R sports

    14. 05-18-2003 10:47 AM #14
      ok I rotated my tires but I dont think I can really tell a difference. maybe a TINY bit. but my tires kinda suck so I dunno. front wheel bearings f-en suck!!! I dont wanna spent $60 on a front wb and have it not be that....

    15. 05-18-2003 12:01 PM #15
      If it goes away when turning right, its your right bearing. Goes away when left, its your left bearing. Turning in that direction takes the stress off of them. I just replaced both of mine about a month ago. Not fun!

    16. 05-19-2003 06:39 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by leebro61 »
      If it goes away when turning right, its your right bearing. Goes away when left, its your left bearing.

      it seems like its a lot louder on the right side though? even though when I turn left it goes away...


    17. 05-19-2003 07:35 PM #17
      I vote "it's your tires"
      are they cheapies? like cooper cobra's, I went through the whole bearing replace and even strut mounts etc, before putting the winter tires on and finding the damm humm was gone

      borrow a friends wheels and see if it helps before you lay out the $$$ chasing a mystery problem


    18. 05-19-2003 09:21 PM #18
      eh I dunno, I have dunlop's which I thought were pretty nice. they're not bald as hell so I dont really think its my tires. when I rotated them it raelly didnt do anything. sounds like a wb to me I just wanted to double check before I go ahead and spend $50ish a side for the kits.

    19. 05-19-2003 09:23 PM #19
      Wheel bearing failures and A3' go hand-in-hand

    20. 05-19-2003 10:47 PM #20
      damn the A3...window regulators, wheel bearings. what else??? (even though I wouldnt trade my gti for anything haha)

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      06-19-2004 05:07 PM #21
      i got the same problem.. when i take a left turn it goes completely away till i straighten out it comes right back it gets a lot worse when i'm at higher speeds (70-100 mph) today i pulled the ebrake up- some on the highway the sound pretty much went away. when i replaced the wheel bearing about a year ago it was fine till march and its been making this humming noise...do i have to re tighten the retaining nut on the bearing b/c its worn in???

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      06-19-2004 07:15 PM #22
      how recently have you had the car aligned? my bet is that the car is slightly out of alignment, and that it's the tires making the noise.

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