Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 188000 miles
The front left wheel bearing keeps going bad. We've fixed it twice in less then 6 months the last time being a month ago. The tire seems to be wobbling and there's a squeaking noise as you drive. We just brought it to another mechanic who said the bearings are bad again. What are possible causes for this that we could look into? Sway bar, control arm, struts, bearing hubs? All which seem to be fine but who knows anymore Im stressed and financially depressed PLEASE HELP!
Possible installer error over torque
but check this TSB and as may help with the new hub
Vehicle may exhibit a popping/clicking/snapping/ticking sound from the front hub/half shaft area during acceleration after Drive to Reverse or Reverse to Drive shifts. The sound may also be present while turning and accelerating from a stop.
In order to determine if the popping/clicking/snapping/ticking sound is coming from the front hub/half shaft interface, perform the following procedure:
Raise the vehicle on an appropriate hoist and remove both front wheels.
Remove the cotter pin, nut lock, and wave washer from the end of both front half shafts.
With the vehicle's brakes applied to keep hub from turning, loosen both half shaft nuts to zero torque.
With the service brake applied, shift the vehicle from Drive to Reverse and Reverse to Drive. Once the transmission is engaged in gear, raise the engine speed to 1800 rpm.
If the sound is not present, perform the Repair Procedure. If the sound is still present, the source of the sound is elsewhere. Further diagnosis is required.
REQUIRED PARTS DESCRIPTION
204809863ABGasket/Washer, Axle (1 per side)