MILES WITH GROWLING NOISE SOUNDING LIKE WHEEL BEARINGS

2002 Citroen Berlingo

Tiny

wOBBLY

March, 2, 2012 AT 12:17 PM

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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Tiny

fixitmr

March, 3, 2012 AT 4:42 AM

How long ago were the front wheel bearings replaced?

Tiny

wOBBLY

March, 3, 2012 AT 10:31 AM

Both front bearings replaced within 500 miles as well as driveshafts

Tiny

fixitmr

March, 3, 2012 AT 6:43 PM

Any chance it's the rear?

Tiny

wOBBLY

March, 4, 2012 AT 10:08 AM

Hi there! Thanks for getting back to me.
There is no noise from the rear; all wheels turn free with no rumble. This grumbling noise has got gradually worse over last few months.I replaced nearside front bearings twice even though there was no scoring on races or balls and no difference in noise level. There is very slight play in this bearing even though it's seated OK and axle nut torqued correctly. There should be no play though. Hope this problem doesn't give you guys the same headache its giving me !

Tiny

fixitmr

March, 4, 2012 AT 8:14 PM

What about raising each wheel separately and running in place to find culprit?

Tiny

wOBBLY

March, 5, 2012 AT 4:55 PM

I have checked each raised wheel. All spin free with no rumble. Each raised front wheel has been driven in gear with no grinding. Nearside does have slight amount of play but spins smoothly. This noise is definitely getting worse cruising lightly on a good smooth road its as loud as the engine. This trouble started before Christmas. The nearside front bearing was changed although it showed no sign of play or wear. The present nearside bearing was fitted correctly with the big circlip in the swivel hub seated correctly Could it not be gearbox bearings? Can feel vibration in footwell on both sides. Think I'll just go and shout at the wife

Tiny

fixitmr

March, 6, 2012 AT 5:19 AM

So there is no indication of the noise while in car on any wheel raised and operated? I mean I would think a trans bearing would still be noisy even if not moving if trans is operating?

Tiny

wOBBLY

March, 6, 2012 AT 4:12 PM

Hi again! Have raised alternate front wheels and there doesn't appear to be any differential/trans axle noise and similarly with both wheels raised whether in or out of gear. Its got me beat !

Tiny

fixitmr

March, 6, 2012 AT 8:09 PM

They do sell/rent suspension microphone devices that are designed to locate noises.

Tiny

wOBBLY

March, 7, 2012 AT 12:08 PM

Right. Good idea I will get on to that and keep you posted.

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