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Old 07 Dec 2009, 06:38 pm
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Default How can you tell if you need new wheel bearings???

Well, I just got new tires half way through last winter, "Michelin Destinys" Now, lately, I have been paying attention to the way the car feels, and I noticed something. When the car is rolling at lower speeds (especially from a "cold start") I can feel what I can only describe as almost a grinding feeling through my feet on the floor and pedals. However, I can't really hear it, and I don't feel it through my seat or steering wheel. Is this normal? or is it the tires or worse yet, the bearings?
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Old 08 Dec 2009, 01:47 pm
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Well, I just got new tires half way through last winter, "Michelin Destinys" Now, lately, I have been paying attention to the way the car feels, and I noticed something. When the car is rolling at lower speeds (especially from a "cold start") I can feel what I can only describe as almost a grinding feeling through my feet on the floor and pedals. However, I can't really hear it, and I don't feel it through my seat or steering wheel. Is this normal? or is it the tires or worse yet, the bearings?

How's your brake pads?
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Old 08 Dec 2009, 02:13 pm
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Default Re: How can you tell if you need new wheel bearings???

Brakes are a good call for sure.

This used to be the way we checked, back in the rear wheel drive days of yore: When you put the car up to check the brakes give the (still tightened) tire a good shake side to side and up and down and feel for movement (after you've set your jack stands, of course!).

It shouldn't move much. If it does have a second person handy to shake while you visually and by feel check the front end components, tierod ends etc. If they seem tight, but the wheel still has excessive movment, you're probably right about the bearings. Heck spin the wheel and listen (if it grinds it could still be the brakes). This is ALL iirc.

I'd give the brakes a once over anyway. And there's always the trusted shop.

This makes me think Foxworthy-ish: "If your tire passes you up on the freeway, you might have bad bearings."

(I know it doesn't work that way. We hope )

Good luck.

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Old 09 Dec 2009, 10:29 am
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hmm, well, I do need to do an oil change, and shoot some grease into the bushing because she's squeaking rather badly on the passenger side (especially when I have a passenger riding along) and I hear clunking from time to time when I turn the wheel (both ways, but more prevalent when I turn it to the right) However...right now that would mean going out and digging my car out of two feet of snow, in 20 degree weather, driving 45 minutes to get the oil and filter...and then going back home and doing all this out on the unploughed street
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Old 09 Dec 2009, 10:34 am
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Isn't that SNAFU??

At least it'd be frozen, so your wet trouble light won't be shocking you lol.

You could always do the 'I need an estimate' thing at a local garage, see what they say. "Well, not only are the bearings bad, but your congronkulator is showing serious wear and needs changed. While we're in there we might as well varnish your subframe bolts and renooberate your exhaust. Figure $1300 give or take."

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Old 09 Dec 2009, 09:29 pm
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Default Re: How can you tell if you need new wheel bearings???

Try Les Schwab - they diagnosed for free wether I needed wheel bearings or not - Then replaced them and the shaft - very reasonable priced.

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