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Old 07-29-2010, 06:16 AM   #1
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Default how do you know if you have a bad wheel bearing?

i have a ej1 and when i drive it, it makes a weird thumping/vibrating sound. could anyone tell me if this is my wheel bearing? thanks in adavance
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a wheel bearing sounds like a humming/ vibrating sound so that can possibly be it. if you had a video or something to reference we could help more
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Default Re: how do you know if you have a bad wheel bearing?

Check your tires on the side that it sounds like it's coming from. inspect them for separated tread, thrown weights, and bulges in the sidewalls or tread area.

Usually if there is thumping and vibration the cause can be.

* Tires out of balance (Thrown weight, etc.)
* Tires are unevenly wore (Not rotated regularly.)
* Out of alignment

I've just recently acquired a '99 Civic and I'm going through it getting things in order. Mine sounds like I'm rollin' on Buckshot Mudders. From the wear on my tires, I believe it is improper inflation and rotation and my tires are roaring.




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Default Re: how do you know if you have a bad wheel bearing?

You'll get a humming sound. Jack up the car and if you can wiggle your tire, your bearings are bad.
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Default Re: how do you know if you have a bad wheel bearing?

It's often described as a groaning or growling sound that gets louder with higher speed.
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Default Re: how do you know if you have a bad wheel bearing?

thanks guys ill check these all out
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Default Re: how do you know if you have a bad wheel bearing?

They are pretty common to go. I could tell mine were because the front wheel(s) would shake at highway speeds.... badly lol.
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Default Re: how do you know if you have a bad wheel bearing?

also, when the car is jacked up, you can turn the tire and if the bearing is fairly bad, you will hear it making a grinding sound...
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