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Old 03-10-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Front End Noise/Vibration

I just replaced my front axles and left front wheel bearing. I had vibrations while under acceleration on highway as well as what i assumed was similar to the beginnings of "clicking" while turning. The noise is similar to something vibrating but I don't feel it as if it were an seriously unbalanced tired or something along those lines. Just the noise mostly. Speed/acceleration does not seem to effect it but it does seem to need to hit a certain "spot" to start happening. Occurs while straight or turning. Also it seems to happen when its relatively cool/ in the morning when first go out.

Any ideas? Sway bar bushings?

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Could be anything... Maybe a sticky caliper?
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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What's the certain spot?
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Front control arm bushings. Check them by trying to move the wheel at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. Any movement of the control arm in the bushing means they are bad. Also, check for a sticky caliper by driving without using the brakes and feel the temperature of the wheel. If one is hotter than the others, you have a sticky caliper.

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