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hotpaco81
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Reged: 05/11/04
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Loc: Indianapolis, Indiana
Wheel Noise :(
#1309832 - 08/31/06 03:30 AM

------Hello and thanks in advance-------

Here's the order of me and my contour's events:

Driving around gentle curves at 20-50ish mph and i hear and slightly feel a wobbling seemingly coming from my front right wheel.

I put a post on here (thanks again) and was recommended to me to check my bearings and tie rod ends (the 6-12, and 3-9 tests)... don't have any tools here so took it to Firestone---they said my bearings were tight and tie rods were fine... they said it was my tires ( "your tires are chopped").. meaning "out of round"

I take my car to Discount Tire, where I purchased my 1.5 year old Goodyear Assurance 80,000 tires and they said that it was not my tires., and I saw that they were NOT out of round or "chopped"

So i can't say that the noise is getting louder, but the closer I listen, the more I think it's coming from near the middle of the front of the car. I don't know what else to do or to check... so I guess I'm asking for more assistance.

If it is my CV Joint- how do I check it and how difficult is it to change myself(is there a walkthrough somewhere?)

What else can / should I check? I'm going somewhere for this long weekend where I'll have tool access to check/repair things...

Thanks again and feel free to personally email me

Chris Burghardt
1999 Contour SE
2.5 V6
88,000 mi

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FavoriteMystaque
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Re: Wheel Noise :( new
#1310078 (Re: hotpaco81) 08/31/06 04:22 PM

Try switching your right front and right rear tires, see if the noise improves. Or do a complete rotation front to rear, it might be due. If the noise gets louder from a right or left turn (but not both) it might still be a wheel bearing. My bad bearings (Mystique and Dodge) all got louder over several months, and groaned noticeably when slowing to a stop.

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Re: Wheel Noise :( new
#1310125 (Re: FavoriteMystaque) 08/31/06 05:30 PM

remember that failing bearings CAN be tight, and not exhibit any "wobble" when testing.



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FavoriteMystaque
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Re: Wheel Noise :( new
#1310126 (Re: Ray) 08/31/06 05:31 PM

Mine were tight. I have one that is loose, that is quiet, on my SHO..

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hotpaco81
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Loc: Indianapolis, Indiana
Re: Wheel Noise :( new
#1310223 (Re: FavoriteMystaque) 08/31/06 07:59 PM

thanks for your reply...I did have my tires rotated the day I took it to discount tire...the noise was exactly the same afterwards...

I guess I'm wondering this- can / should I check anything else before I spend the $250 to have my bearing changed? The noise is only there when going around curves. As soon as I straighten my wheel, the noise stops altogether.... thanks again

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Re: Wheel Noise :( new
#1310229 (Re: hotpaco81) 08/31/06 08:04 PM

I think the FIRST thing you should do is step back and see that it isn't $250 to do them, if you follow the documented how-to (with picture walk-throughs). Go to the Duratec Maintenance forum, then read the Duratec Maintenance FAQ for the wheel-bearing how-to.

Do it yourself with, LITERALLY a jackstand, and 4 or 5 tools. (not including the pressing of the bearing)



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hotpaco81
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Re: Wheel Noise :( new
#1310252 (Re: Ray) 08/31/06 08:30 PM

(thanks)
doesn't removing some of those parts require a front end alignment once the wheel bearing is replaced? I WILL have access to tools and things, but I just don't want to get stuck messing up my car when the $250 includes an alignment. Even following the instructions seems pretty difficult of a procedure (unless it's easier than it looks to me) lol my skills ARE limited.

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Re: Wheel Noise :( new
#1310513 (Re: hotpaco81) 09/01/06 01:59 AM

No, no replacement/removal of the affected parts will require an alignment.

as long as you don't turn the tie-rod end to affect alignment, your alignment won't change during this procedure.



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