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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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Odd Noise from Front End

Around 81,000km today my car started to make an "odd noise" coming from the front drivers side.
  • Getting a fair amount of vibration in the gas pedal
  • Vibration cannot really be felt through the steering wheel or brake pedal.
  • Whining/rubbing type noise only when car is moving. If I turn the car on and rev it in park there is no sounds.
  • Does not matter if I'm using cruise control or not.
  • Sound loudness is only affected by speed of actual car, not RPM.
  • Noise increases the faster I go.
  • If I start at the top of a hill in neutral and let it coast down the hill then I can hear the noise the same as if I was accelerating with the gas pedal.
  • While driving I have shifted it into neutral and coasted and sound/loudness does not change.
  • Have checked the oil and while it was a little below max it wasn't too bad (engine gauge says 58% yet and I topped it up just to be safe).
  • Have not checked other fluids yet as the car was hot and it is dark out here (Just finished a 600km drive and the sound started about 400km in).
  • Immediate change in sound loudness upon braking/acceleration (loudness is relative to speed)

Anyone have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 06:11 AM
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If I were you, I'd check my tires and then my control arm bushings. Might not be that though... Does it get louder when you're going around a turn/curve (like on the highway)?
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I did manage to check the tires and can't find anything wrong with them (No bulges or other obvious signs of tire trauma such as something rubbing against them.)

Haven't checked bushings yet, but there is no change in sound when turning corners at any speed, though about a month or so ago I did start hearing some noise that sounded like it could possibly be bushings when turning, but it disappeared and hasn't returned.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Just replaced the front left bearings and noise is still heard. The bearing was definitely squeaky when the tire, calipers, rotor were taken off and it was rotated, so we removed the bearing and installed the new one believing that was the problem even though there was no play in it. I can't see it being the right side bearing either now considering it has no play in it either and is NOT squeaky when everything is removed and it is rotated.
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weird that you feel it in the gas pedal since these cars are drive by wire



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I'm fairly sensitive to abnormal noises and feelings and therefore pick up on things like that very easily. As to why I could feel it in the pedal (problem has since been fixed and I no longer feel the vibration) I couldn't tell you why.
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Originally the first thing that came to mind when i was reading your descriptions i thought of wheel bearings immeditely. i had to replace my RF one at like 42k which was covered under warranty



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In the end it was the right front bearing and not the left (though the left was starting to go).
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-15-2011, 06:42 PM
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Well i am glad to hear it mang. Best of luck and keep us posted. Mods should prob lock this thread before it gets jacked



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