Mechanics

FRONT END HOWLING

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix • 189,000 miles

I have a 2004 Grand Prix, it has a howling noise in the front end, I know it's not the tires cuz I had those changed, I also don't think it's a hub bearing cuz I jacked the front end up and grabbed hold of the tires, and shook them there tight, no slop, I also started it and put it in drive when I had it jacked up, it does not howl when wheels are turning, only howls when weight is on front end and driving down the road straight, when I turn a corner the howl goes away only until the wheels get straight again the howl comes back. Do you have any suggestions, Please and Thank You.
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Martha 246
June 10, 2013.




What you're describing is exactly how front wheel bearings act when they're noisy. The looseness you mentioned has nothing to do with it. What you need to do is jack the front end off the ground and support the car on jack stands, run it in gear, then listen next to each bearing with a stethoscope. One will sound a little noisy and you'll think you found it, then the other one will be REALLY noisy and it will be obvious.

There are also some people who say they can feel the roughness by spinning the tire by hand while feeling the coil spring. I've never tried that yet so I can't say for sure if that works.

Be aware too that you can tell which bearing is noisy by steering one way or the other, as in changing lanes, with the pressed-in bearings, but with the bolt-on assembly like you have that can be misleading. The noise can sound like it's coming from the left side, it can become quiet when turning left, and STILL be the right one that's bad. Also, you won't hear it without a stethoscope while running it in gear jacked up. It's the vehicle's weight that is needed to make the noise occur.
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Caradiodoc
Jun 10, 2013.
Thank you for your quick response, and Time Caradiodoc, I will try what you have suggested, thanx again.

Tiny
Martha 246
Jun 11, 2013.

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