Strange Groaning noise coming from the drivers front wheel area
On the way home from work yesterday I noticed a strange groaning noise when I turned into my parking space. I heard it today at work turning into the parking garage. After lunch I had a few people stand around while I drove around the garage and we determined that the noise is coming from the drivers front wheel area. This noise is kind of noticeable making left hand turns and REALLY noticeable making right turns. Either way it sounds like it's coming from the wheel area and only happens when turning. The harder I turn, the louder the noise is. I read this thread about the steering column bushing needing to be lubed but the noise I hear seems to come from the wheel well not the engine bay so I'm kind of discounting that for now.
I've got 42k on the car. I did remove P/S and loop the lines over a year ago so I'm hoping it's not my rack. It doesn't make the noise if I just turn the wheel though, it only happens when I'm moving. Any ideas? I haven't taken the wheel off yet since I¬ím at work. Think it could be a CV boot/joint or a wheel bearing?
Re: Strange Groaning noise coming from the drivers front wheel area (zygspeed)
OK I just drove it home from work and only heard it in the parking garage and turning into my parking space. When I get back this week I'll give it a better inspection. Hopefully it's warmer than too. Why the hell it's in the mid 30s in mid April is beyond me. To address specific stuff below:
Originally Posted by zygspeed
My first thought would be that the tire is rubbing the fender liner ...
fender liner looks OK and there seems to be plenty of clearance in the wheel well
Originally Posted by RTW DC2
only happen when going slow? what about normal driving while turning at side streets and whatnot? axle boots leaking at all?
I listened as well as I could while driving home and I didn't hear anything until I pulled into my parking space. Seems to be only if I make a very sharp turn. I made a few 90 degree turns on the way home and didn't hear anything. When I get back from Knox maybe I'll try some sharp turns in a parking lot. I'll jack it up nad look at the axle boots etc this weekend when i get back
Originally Posted by Cosworth
I bet it's the PS rack. Mine makes the noise sometimes when I'm making a hard turn & it's cold.
hmmm Well, it has been colder here the last couple of days but not THAT cold.
Originally Posted by EauRouge
If the groaning was anything like mine...well, lets just say, my wheel bearing eventually gave out completely.
hmmm. what other symptoms did you have? When did you hear the groaning? I honestly would rather deal with getting a new bearing pressed in than mess with the steering rack
Re: Strange Groaning noise coming from the drivers front wheel area (pyromaster)
Originally Posted by pyromaster
hmmm. what other symptoms did you have? When did you hear the groaning?
I first heard the noise after a track event. Had some people look at it then, and it was diagnosed as something other than wheel bearing. The consensus was it might be brakes since it did not make the typical bad bearing tick. I did the usual jack the wheel up and check to see if there was any bearing play. Everything seemed fine.
The noise I heard was like a metal groan (if that makes sense). Noise lasted about 1-2 weeks before going away. It was especially audible during braking, when moving slowly, or during turns (when pulling out of a parking space or making a quick turn). I did change the rotors and pads to eliminate the possibility of the noise recurring, but it came back a few days later. Then a week later the wheel bearing completely gave out. It happened while I was driving home. I could smell something burning. Once I got home, I confirmed the smell was originating from where the noise was coming from, then proceeded to check if there was any bearing play. Sure was this time!!! Funny part was, there was no sign of the typical bad bearing tick.
Next day, went to have the bearing pulled. Outer seal of the side facing inward was cracked open. Apparently all the grease had burned up. Hub almost seized on the bearing from the excessive heat. Broke the handle on the press trying to get the hub out. BTW, had to replace the hub too.
OK I looked at the car this weekend. I checked the wheel bearing and there was no real play moving the wheel around. The CV boots and axles looked OK also. While the car was jacked up I turned the steering wheel and would spin the tires and didn't hear the noise. I actually cranked it and ran it at ~2000 RPM and didn't hear the noise either.
Also, Friday I heard it on the way to work but not the way home from work, so I really only heard it on Mon and Tues when it was kind of cold and Friday morning. I didn't hear it on the way in today either.
So I'm guessing it's either the PS rack like Cosworth described when it's cold or a bearing issue like EauRouge described. At this point I guess Iíll just wait and see how frequently I hear the noise and keep checking the wheel bearings.
Just to add something from a cold weather track ho - I have never had any power steering sound due to the cold. And its quite cold here from november through march. Now... who knows. I guess it COULD be the PS - but I can't recall anyone I know up here having a similar sound from the cold.
bringing this one back from the dead with the resolution
the next week after Kenny looked at my car Cosworth and I checked it and there was serious play in the wheel. Replaced the wheel bearing and everything has been groovy since. Thanks to all for the help and advice and to Baranco for the parts and pressing the bearing out of the knuckle for me.
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