My wife has a 99 Malibu. It has a "noise" while driving that is hard to explain. ALmost like a roar. It is not too loud. To me it sounds like it is coming from the right front wheel. It is there even if while cruising you put the car in neutral. It seems to go up in pitch as you get faster and go down as you get slower. I rotated all the tires to see if that would help, (putting the front tires in the back and the back into the front). It did not seem to help very much. I also took the break pads off and cleaned then and the rotors. There was plenty of padding left on the brakes.
I did notice that while cruising at highway speed if I turn the wheel to the right I can make it a little louder while turing.
ANy idea what this would be and how to tell? My guess might be a cv joint? My Hayes manual says a symptom of that is clicking or grinding while turning but this does not sound exactly like that.
By the way I also with the car jacked up pulled on the wheel before taking it off and did not feel any play. (I thought that was the right way to tell if a wheel bearing was bad.)
I have never messed with a front wheel drive car very much so I am not sure how difficult it would be to replace if this was it. Autozone has a unit for 70 bucks. What is involved in replacing one? (If that is my problem).
have the same problem?
Monday, December 18th, 2006 AT 8:47 AM