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Rumbling Noise and Vibrations in Stearing Wheel


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taylorman57
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Dec 3, 2011, 4:51 PM

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Year of vehicle 2001
Make of vehicle Pontiac
Model of vehicle Sunfire
Engine size 2.2
Mileage/Kilometers 145,000 miles

My Sunfire makes a loud rumbling noise when driving down the road. The sound is similar to that of a bad tire. There are also vibrations in the steering wheel and pedals.

I have recently replaced the tires and front brakes, both needed to be done. Neither of those quieted the car down. I replaced the front wheel bearing assemblies on both sides of the car and it still isn't quieter.

We raised up the car and "drove it." There was no noise from the tires moving without weight on them.

When I drive straight down the road it makes the noise. If I turn to the left around a curve the sound goes completely quiet. Also if you have your head outside of the car you cannot hear the noise. The sound is definitely coming from the front of the car.

I am at a total loss. I was completely convinced it was one of the wheel bearing assemblies.


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Dec 3, 2011, 5:21 PM

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That is likely either a bad strut or stabilizer link or frame bushings.








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Dec 3, 2011, 6:44 PM

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How about the rear wheel bearings? Did you try raising the rear off the ground and check the rears? Kind of weird that the rumbling noise goes away when you sway the vehicle. Another thing you should check besides what HT pointed out is to be sure that your tires aren't scrubbing from a toe problem.





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