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Old 09-02-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Loud sound coming from left front wheel

Hi all,

I have a 2004 330xi with 140k miles on it and recently there has been a sound coming from the left front wheel when driving. Sort of a growling sound that is definitely not engine noise or anything in the wheel well or under the car etc. It's load sensitive - so when I take a long gradual turn to the left and therefore more load is on the front right tire, the noise drops considerably. I'm guessing, based on what I've read here and sort of just what my gut tells me that it's a wheel bearing. My questions are this...

1. Has anyone have any similar experience and can you confirm that it's a wheel bearing?
2. Does anyone have a rough guess on what this will cost to repair? I'm a diy guy but don't plan on doing this one myself unless someone can tell me that it's easy.
3. Does anyone have a good mechanic that they can recommend in the Wakefield, MA area?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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Hi all,

I have a 2004 330xi with 140k miles on it and recently there has been a sound coming from the left front wheel when driving. Sort of a growling sound that is definitely not engine noise or anything in the wheel well or under the car etc. It's load sensitive - so when I take a long gradual turn to the left and therefore more load is on the front right tire, the noise drops considerably. I'm guessing, based on what I've read here and sort of just what my gut tells me that it's a wheel bearing. My questions are this...

1. Has anyone have any similar experience and can you confirm that it's a wheel bearing?
2. Does anyone have a rough guess on what this will cost to repair? I'm a diy guy but don't plan on doing this one myself unless someone can tell me that it's easy.
3. Does anyone have a good mechanic that they can recommend in the Wakefield, MA area?

Thanks in advance for any help.
Jack the car up and feel for any wheel play. If its a bearing you should feel some. Also spin the wheel by hand with the car jacked up and listen carefully to the sound of the bearing.

Changing the bearing is very simple, the problem is that most ppl do not have the tools required to do so.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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search for a thread I started called something like "what is this WAA WAA WAA sound"? Lots of good info in there and the harbor freight kit you can buy to DIY. Fronts are much easier than the rears, but it's a bitch to diagnose which one it is.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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Sounds like a wheel bearing. I can't remember if it has an upper control arm or not. But I'm leaning towards a no. But anyhow, jack up the car on the frame and grab the tire on top and bottom and push and pull in an in and out motion. And should feel some play. Also you can spin the tire and and listen or put your hand around the spring and you should feel some rumbling.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:15 AM   #5
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I would say it is a wheel bearing. Sound like there is a flat spot causing a thumping noise? or does it sound like it goes away at higher speeds? I did my front right last winter. I am new to DIY, pretty handy but it was overall a very easy job. Shop would probably charge 2 hours of work. Bavarian Auto in Winchester or Auto Engineering in Lexington are good. I would do it myself though. $100 part, 2-3 hours of work. Only tools I didn't have were torque wrench, 46mm socket, race bearing installer but easy finds.
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