95 sc2 Front end noise at low speeds

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by pachita, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. pachita

    pachita Guest

    My SC2makes a roar of sorts from 10-25mph...and mostly when I am slowing
    down,,even does it with the foot off the brake..I am hoping that it is my
    tires,, which are firestone, with a fairly aggressive all weather
    tread..it is noisy at higher speeds but that definetly sounds like tire
    tread,,just didn't think it would a low speeds? Help me I am going deaf!
    pachita, Aug 31, 2004
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    Bob Shuman Guest

    If not brakes or tires, possibly the front wheel bearing needs replacement?
    Try elevating the wheel and moving it from side to side to see if the
    bearing is worn and needs replacement.
    Bob Shuman, Sep 1, 2004
  3. pachita

    pachita Guest

    I did jack the car up and tried moving the wheels and seemed not to move,
    but i am not a great mechanic either. Would it be a noticable difference
    when you move it? I grabbed the top and bottom of the wheel and wiggled
    it, that is right, right?. If it is the bearings, are they replaceable
    without replacing the hub, and without special tools?
    pachita, Sep 1, 2004
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    Mitch Guest

    You wouldn't feel much difference unless the bearings were really shot.
    Next time its making noise see if it goes away by turning right or left.
    That would indicate wheel bearings but it sounds more like tire noise
    to me.

    Mitch, Sep 1, 2004
  5. pachita

    pachita Guest

    Mitch, the noise doesnt go away when i turn right or left..
    pachita, Sep 1, 2004
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    James1549 Guest

    I had a bad noise at slow speeds at around 60,000. It seemed to get quieter
    when I put my foot on the brake, but not go away. Putting tires on it helped,
    but new rotors took care of the problem.

    I know that don't sound right, but it took away the noise completely.

    James1549, Sep 1, 2004
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    paul Guest


    Sounds like a wheel bearing to me. I had the problem on 2 of my
    saturns('91 and '93) and it was the wheel bearings. I suggest you do
    not try to press the bearing out and replace it. I bought used
    "knuckle&bearing" assemblies at a salvage yard, and they cost me $60 a
    piece. The sound went away and the used parts have over 50,000
    additional miles on them in MY cars. I have noticed that most early
    saturn's have wheel bearings wear-out on the passenger side well
    before the driver side. WHY? I don't know, but they do in Michigan
    for some reason.

    (James1549) wrote in mesousage
    paul, Sep 3, 2004
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    Jeremiah Guest

    Check your break pads. There is a clip which holds the pad in the torque
    plate, these tend to touch the rotor when the pad is low. The noise doesn't
    go away when making turns, might start to stop when pushing the break, but
    will start to be constent with or without the break prushed.
    But it would be as other said, front wheel bearing. How many miles are on
    your car? A wheel bearing might make a constent sound not just at low

    Good luck with that

    Jeremiah, Sep 5, 2004
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    pachita Guest

    pachita, May 27, 2005
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