Wheel Bearing trouble

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Falcon4life, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. Falcon4life

    Falcon4life Guest

    Hello all. I am new here ,and I need some help.

    My 99 Saturn SL1 is making a roarring noise, and when I turn the wheel to
    the left the noise goes away, but going streight, or turning right it
    still makes the noise. Somebody told me is was the wheel bearings.

    My problem is I do not know witch side it bad. ALSO can anybody tell me
    what size the Wheel Hub NUT is?? I have tried 1 1/4 is to big, 1 1/16 is
    to small, 1 1/8 is to small, THANKS!!
    Falcon4life, Apr 15, 2006
  2. Falcon4life

    Private Guest

    Note to newbies - Your first stop with any problem should be Google Groups,
    use the advanced groups search to confine your search to this group.

    in this case advanced search Google groups on "S series front wheel
    bearings" (8 results)
    wheel bearing (147 results) or
    "wheel bearing" (216 results) or
    front wheel bearing (127 results) or
    "front wheel bearing" (32 results)

    Probably left wheel bearing ???????
    On level ground, set park brake and block the rear wheels.
    Jack up both front wheels, place in neutral, spin the wheels, feel and
    This will work even better if you remove the brake caliper (to remove brake
    drag) and reinstall the wheel before spinning.

    It is probably a metric nut. Use a 6 point socket and the size difference
    will be inconsequential.

    Note caution regarding difficulty of removing and reinstalling of the
    bearing from the hub and also advice to make sure any shop hired to press
    new bearing has proper adapters to prevent applying press force through the
    bearing balls (or rollers).

    Good luck, YMMV
    Private, Apr 15, 2006
  3. Falcon4life

    Lane Guest

    You ABSOLUTELY need to buy a Haynes or Chilton manual for your car. It's
    $10 from any auto parts store. Not only will it tell you the size of the
    axle nut, it'll probably tell you how to diagnose if a wheel bearing is bad,
    and which one.

    Lane [ lane (at) evilplastic.com ]
    Lane, Apr 15, 2006
  4. Sounds like you have choppy tires on the rear.
    Steve Barker LT, Apr 16, 2006
  5. Falcon4life

    SnoMan Guest

    My "nickle" is on the right front wheel bearing assembly
    SnoMan, Apr 16, 2006
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    wavy Guest

    I had the same problem with a 94 SC2. It got to where at high speed
    the whole car vibrated. On a curvy road turning left it would go away
    but turning to the right it got worse.
    It was like if the turn made me lean to the right, it was making the
    car lean to the right and it would take the load off the left side.
    It sounds like the same thing with yours. You might check it this way:
    After driving for a while you could reach around and feel the steering
    knuckle. I guarantee the bad one will be hot compared to the good one!
    If you want to do this job yourself, you will only be able to remove
    the steering knuckle, take it to a shop and have them press out the
    bearing set and install the new one. I paid $50 for the labor and $45
    for the bearing at Autozone. But maybe you have your own hydraulic
    press - but ATTEMPTING to remove the bearing retaining springs was one
    of the most frustrating aggravating things I've EVER done on the
    Removing the steering knuckle is no easy feat. Once you get that 1
    3/16 bolt off, you'll have to push the shaft through the bearing
    assembly with a big pulley remover - first the steering knuckle will
    have to be disconnected from the torsion bar and the tie rod end. Of
    course you will have to have the car up on jack stands and multiple
    jacks will come in handy with the removal of the torsion bar and tie
    rod end.
    By the way... did you hit something with your front tire prior to the
    noise beginning to occur? I did. I smacked a curb pretty hard and I
    think it caused the grease seal to break, which eventually led to
    bearing failure. The guy that pressed out the bearing said it probably
    went bad because it had lost its grease seal.
    wavy, Apr 18, 2006
  7. Falcon4life

    navaidstech Guest

    You're most likely looking at the left side bearing. When turning left,
    most of the weight is transferred over to the right side.
    You will need a 30 mm socket for to take the hub nut off.

    navaidstech, Apr 25, 2006
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