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MILES WITH GROWLING NOISE SOUNDING LIKE WHEEL BEARINGS

2002 Citroen Berlingo • 170,000 miles

Growling noise sounds like either wheel bearings or gearbox. Both front wheel bearings and drive shafts been changed. Noise has got louder over time; gets louder when warmed up. Noise seems to alter with cornering, less on nearside. Gearbox works fine but could this be the differential or gearbox bearings? Noise continues whether wheels being driven or engine de-clutched or coasting in neutral.
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WOBBLY
March 2, 2012.




2 things stand out as clues to me. The fact that 1 wheel bearing is loose, and the sound modifys in a turn. These sound related. Most bad wheel bearings change tune in a turn. And a loose bearing could be noisy. I had 1 that was loose which I thought was bad so never checked it. If I had re tightened right away I may have saved it.
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Fixitmr
Mar 9, 2012.
Yes.I agree but the loose bearing has been changed twice! And both times shown play only after being refitted. Drive shafts have been changed and offside bearing shows no play.I am replacing hub with a good second hand part. So will see what that does. That noise is still there and getting gradually worse when driven on road and I would swear it to be wheel bearing.. Many thanks for all your help. Cheers!

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WOBBLY
Mar 12, 2012.
Wheel bearing issues should show up during testing with the wheels off the ground. Raise the wheels and spin the tires while running your hand across the tread. It should be pretty smooth, with no really noticeable high or low spots. If you notice high and low spots, you most likely have a shock problem that has become a tire wear issue.

Rivermikerat
Mar 24, 2012.
You Guys are spot on ! It was a wheel bearing. You saved me so much hassle. Many thanks for all your sound advice. WOBBLY

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WOBBLY
May 17, 2012.
Happy to be able to help.

Closing thread.

Rivermikerat
May 18, 2012.
Ok. The server isn't wanting to close the thread. It still shows pending for me. If nobody replies, hopefully the server will close it.

Rivermikerat
Jul 20, 2012.

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