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      Front wheel rubbing noise ....driving me CRAZY

      Ok so my GF has a 2005 Chevy Aveo with 40 000km on it. Here are the symptoms of the noise:

      -Started our of nowhere yesterday (car had been parked for 3 days prior)
      -Sounds like the wheel is rubbing against something plastic
      -Sound starts at 15km/h and gets louder and pitch changes as speed increases
      -Sound is loud in the car, almost cant hear it outside
      -Sort of sounds like its coming from the front drivers side
      -I jacked the front of the car up onto two jack stands and started it. You can hear the noise very clearly when the wheels are turning at about 40-50km/h...when its on the jack stands, the sound sounds like its coming from everywhere...cant pin-point location
      -Sound does not vary with engine rpm...only actual speed
      -no loose in the suspension, and when I turn the wheels with my hand, everything seems fine


      I'm thinking it might be a wheel bearing but im not quite sure...and also im not sure what side its coming from since from the outside I cant pin-point it

      Looking for some opinions on what it might be

      Thanks



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      One way to figure out if it's a wheel bearing:

      Try "slaloming" the car left and right. If the noise changes in volume (while keeping the same speed) as you compress & uncompress the suspension on each side, that's a big clue.

      If it's a wheel bearing, the sound typically gets louder with suspension compressed, quieter uncompressed.

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      BTW: 2005 with 40,000 km? That's low!!

      (25k miles, for our U.S. / Imperial measurement fans)

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      thank you for the conversion!

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      I have to agree with the wheel bearing idea to check that. It might also be cv joints? With that low of mileage look for a torn boot.

      It could also be something stupid like flash rusted brakes, or rock etc in there.


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      No problemo. (Doesn't beat my '98 Firefly [Metro] though... currently 29k km / 20k mi... :P It was a barn find though. Bought by a little old lady who never drove it.)

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      Thanks for the help everyone!

      It was a wheel bearing...passenger side. Used a screw driving on the steering knuckle to act as a stethoscope and hear which side was done. Was very clear that the passenger side is finished.

      Changing it out today.

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      Glad you sorted it out.

      A bit unusual that it went at just 40k kilometers though.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
      Glad you sorted it out.

      A bit unusual that it went at just 40k kilometers though.
      I agree...but I can't see it being anything else. I checked all ball joints, tie rods, bushings, CV joints and boot, and everything is tight and looks good.

      Anyways, we'll know soon enough...installing the new bearing tonight

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      You have access to a press? (Last time I went to change a bearing I had to give the hub to a buddy to press the old one out & new one in).



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