1995 Honda Civic car shaking and growling

Tiny
STRAPPED 4 CASH
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  • 1995 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 289,000 MILES
Can't figure it out. Took car to 2 different shops.
1st shop, 3 bad tie rods I told them to do all 4 they said other one is fine replaced 3 and aligned.
Seemed to be ok for a couple of days.
2nd shop, bad tie rod, showed me the play in it had it replaced and realigned ok for around 2 days.
Balanced tires and rotated seemed better for around 2 days. Took back, was told left wheel bearing was bad, replaced, no difference, took back, they replaced both front tires rode great! For you guessed it around 2 days. I have spent almost a grand on this front end and it isn't any better.
Dash shakes and you can feel a vibration on your feet makes a growling or maybe you can call it a humming noise. When you go over rough roads noise is louder
and somtimes it feels like a tapping on the floor board
seems like its on the left side.
Replaced all tie rods, driver cv shaft and wheel bearing
both front struts, tires are new, rotors and pads maybe have 17k no pulsing brake pedal, no play in ball joints both shops check and so have I Please help I'm about tapped out!
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 AT 8:56 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi strapped 4 cash,

Did you check the lower arm and sway bar bushes?

Item # 14 would be the likeliest suspect for the tapping of floorboard.

Item # 17 would cause rattling noise.

Check Item # 11, 12 and 30 as well.


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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 AT 8:35 AM
Tiny
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I'll check these parts again they don't seem to have any play. Would any of these cause the growling noise. Again thanks!Appreciate the quick response I'll see if I can't tackle it this weekend
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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 AT 8:29 PM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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No, the growling noise couild be due to a bad bearing.

Check if the brake backing plate is brushing against rotor, if yes, use screwdriver to oush them apart.

To test if the bearings are bad, jack up vehicle and while holding the wheel at 12 and 6 o'colck rock the wheel slowly and try to feel for clearance. If clearance is avaiable, it could be due to the CV nut improperly torqued. This would cause the bearing to go bad.

Next, turn the wheel and with one hand on the strut, feel for vibrations as the wheel is turning, if the feeling is not smooth, the bearing should be bad.

Since you have replaced one of the bearings, compare the feelings for both sides. Front wheels bearings are more difficult to use such technique as the CV shafts and trans are conneted to it.

One way of testing for bad bearings would be to drive at about 40 mph and make a big curved turn. If you turn right and the growling noise increases and lessens when you straighten the steering, the left bearing is bad. Reverse is true for other side.
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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 AT 7:55 AM

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