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    front end noise (98 z24 cavalier)

    My DD is being a pain. the front end is making a noise, seems like it's from the front driver's side. When I go over like 30km/h, it howls (kind of like an airplane noise), but goes away when Im turning left

    - jacked it up, seems to be no play from the wheel bearings
    - new CV shaft on the driver's side (like 6 months ago)


    Any thoughts?

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    sounds like wheel bearing to me just cause theres no play doesnt men there worn
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    I'm going to have to take a look at it this weekend. It's weird to me that it goes away when im turning left. Usually a wheel bearing will get louder into a turn, wont it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepeej21 View Post
    ......Usually a wheel bearing will get louder into a turn, wont it?
    Not necessarily. Vehicle dynamics change in a turn, so you could be putting more or less weight on a certain spot on the bearing. Also check the rotor and make sure nothing is rubbing the calipers.
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    Just a suggestion, I have a 98 Cavalier as a DD and if you're going to be keeping the car buy SKF bearings or similar quality. The cheaper ones at Napa wear quickly (i had a set last less than a year, chose SKF the second time around without issue).

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    When does the noise go away?

    Simple wheel bearing check is to turn left slightly to pitch the car to the right, then to the right to pitch the car to the left. At the the speed which it is making the howl. Pitch it as in start to begin a lane change then return back into the lane. Very slight just enough to transfer some weight, not put you into a barrel roll.

    Ie, turn slight to the right, vehicle weight now onto the left side, less weight on the right side, noise still there? Slight turn to the left, vehicle weight onto the right side, noise gone?

    Change the left side wheel bearing.

    Very Very common on Cavalier/Sunfires, well mostly all GM Vehicles.

    Hopefully that made sense :confused:
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    Agreed, very common for GM to drop a wheel bearing. Not hard to change with the right tools, 1.5 hrs most shops charge if you wanna just drop it off somewhere.
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    First off, thanks for all the replies everyone!

    I changed the front driver's side wheel bearing yesterday. Noise is still there. It gets quieter (but doesn't go away) around 100km/h. Tempted to change the rear wheel bearing, but don't really want to keep throwing money at something that's on it's way to the junkyard unless I know it'll fix it

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    I had the same issue with my 96 cavalier. End up changing both front wheel bearings. I got the napa white box garbage because I didint want to spend the money on a car I thought was going to the wreckers. The bearings lasted me 6 months and I had the car for another 100000km. Car lasted to 640000 before I scrapped it. Take nine-T-1-renegades advice and buy the good ones.
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    Same with my Alero, both bearings, within 6 days of each other. I'd be surprised if it's a rear. I don't remember the last rear bearing i've done, but I can't remember two weeks gone by without doing at least 1 GM front.

    Was there any wiggle to the bearing when you had it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noltz View Post
    I don't remember the last rear bearing i've done, but I can't remember two weeks gone by without doing at least 1 GM front.
    +1 to that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noltz View Post
    Same with my Alero, both bearings, within 6 days of each other. I'd be surprised if it's a rear. I don't remember the last rear bearing i've done, but I can't remember two weeks gone by without doing at least 1 GM front.

    Was there any wiggle to the bearing when you had it up?
    There didn't seem to be any play in any of the wheel bearings. I put it in gear up on the hoist and the noise was quieter but still present in the front drivers side. So I assumed the bearing, but was wrong

    I know we've replaced the front wheel bearings in dad's avalanche a bunch, and they didn't have much play till they were pulled out. I was hoping this was the case with the cavy. I'm starting to run out of ideas

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    What condition is the Drivers front tire in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yjkallo View Post
    What condition is the Drivers front tire in?
    about 500km on them. Basically brand new...but the old one blew, and had a bit of a weird wear

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    Loose steering parts? Out of alignment? What kind of wear did the old tire have?

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    I replaced both outer tie rod ends in the spring, but it does pull left a bit. Nothing crazy though. The old tire was worn a bit heavy on the inside

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    Alignment done when Tie Rods replaced? Toe out on the left front, causing tire feathering on the left front, causing abnormal noise?

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    Wasn't on an alignment rack, but we aligned it as best as we could. If it were out of alignment, wouldn't it have started this noise long ago? It wasn't even gradual. The noise was just there one day

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