1999 Toyota Corolla Noise from Left Front Wheel

Tiny
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  • 1999 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 35,000 MILES
This Corolla was actually driven by a "little old lady to church on Sundays". She was my mother-in-law and we kept the car for the kids after she passed away. So the Corolla really only has about 35,000 original miles.

There is a rotational noise coming from the left from wheel. It is noticeable at all speeds, and does not stop if the brake is engaged or if the transmission is in neutral. I jacked up the car, one side at a time. The left front wheel is actually difficult to rotate manually in gear or in neutral. The right front tire rotates easily. The car does not pull to the right or left.

I suspect a wheel bearing. Please tell me what you think. If the repair is too costly, we'll trade it in for a new vehicle. Thank you.
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 AT 1:53 PM

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Tiny
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If the left side is hard to turn verus the right side in neutral I would say something is hanging up. Does it sound like the noise is coming from the left front?
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 AT 2:03 PM
Tiny
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The best way to check for a bad wheel bearing is raise the front wheels off the ground on jack stands. Put the car in neutral then put one hand on the coil spring then turn the wheel as fast as you can with the other hand. If the bearing is bad you should be able to feel roughness vibrating in the coil spring while turning the wheel. Compare each side to feel the difference of the two
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 AT 2:07 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your reply. It definitely sounds like the noise is from the left side.

As usual, noises are hard to describe. It sounds periodic, like it is "rubbing" at a specific spot as it rotates. I removed both tires, one at a time (since I don't have a floor jack) to check for rust or interference. I did not notice any interference on either wheel. But with the tire off, the left front wheel was very difficult to rotate manually, while the right wheel rotated freely by hand.

I originally suspected a stuck brake pad. But the noise does not change even when the brakes are engaged.
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 AT 2:43 PM
Tiny
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Your going to want to have the wheel on when spinning it by hand and feeling for a bad bearing. Let me know what you find.
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 AT 3:01 PM

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